Carlos Sainz has been perfect after two stages of the Dakar in his VW. The Spaniard has began his title defense by winning the two opening stages of the rally and has done so in convincing fashion.
The rally is now underway and Sainz VW is now in a battle with X-Raid BMW’s Stephane Peterhansel. A one sided battle really as Sainz has taken comfortable margins in both stages. VW teammate Nasser al-Attiyah is third overall after finishing P2 in today’s stage.
American Robby Gordon was not so fortunate today. Gordon and ran into mechanical problems and lost 30 minutes on stage. Fellow American Mark Miller would suffer a crash that would not only cost him immediate time, but then would stop due to mechanical issues resulting from the incident. His VW has now lost close to 50 minutes overall.
Sainz will take a 3min 5sec lead into the third day as the crews tackle the leg between San Miguel and San Salvador. Below are the current class leaders to this point.
Class Driver Interval
Car: Carlos Sainz 3min 5sec
Bike: Cyril Despres 2min 35sec
Quad: Josef Machacek 5min 1sec
Raid: Firdaus Kabirov 9sec