Sunday, January 29, 2023

Qatar's Al-Attiyah takes early Dakar lead

Qatar's Al-Attiyah takes early Dakar lead
LIMA (Reuters) - Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah led the Dakar Rally after the first timed stage through the Peruvian desert dunes from Lima to Pisco on Monday. The two-times Dakar winner, driving for a South African Toyota team, led Spain’s reigning champion and double Dakar winner Carlos Sainz by nearly two minutes after the 84km opening stage. Sainz, in an X-Raid Mini buggy, had started first of the car drivers but had to settle for second at the end of the day with Polish racer Jakub Przygonski a second behind in an X-Raid Mini 4x4. “It was quite a short start to the rally but quite difficult. We tried to catch Carlos over the last 10 km from the finish,” said Al-Attiyah. Spanish Honda rider Joan Barreda led the motorcycle category, one and a half minutes ahead of Chilean Pablo Quintanilla.