He finished yesterday’s first stage 22 seconds in the lead. Then he was hit with a two minute penalty and dropped to 7th overall. Maybe that is just what Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar in an X-Raid Mini All4 needed to wake him up. He finished the second stage of the South American Dakar, a long and hard 518km, 8:30 seconds ahead of South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers in the Imperial Toyota Hi-Lux
And if anything, today’s stage really took it’s toll among the fancied competitors in the section for cars. Second yesterday, Robbie Gordon and his monster Hummer lost 50 minutes on the stage with brake problems.
The overnight leader after Al-Attiyah wasd penalised, his team mate Orlando Terranova, also in an X-Raid Mini, finished the stage in 8yh position provisionally 24:01 behind the leader.
Third today was the Dutch driver in a Toyota Hi-Lux, Bernhardt ten Brinke a regular FIA World Cross Country racing competitor. He was 10:04 behind Al-Attiyah.
There was some excitement earlier in the day when de Villiers’ team mate, Leeroy Poulter alsdo in an Imperial Toyota Hi-Lux found himself at the head of the pack and then third ahead of De Villiers. But that was not to last and Poulter finished the day 10th overall +26;10.
Fourth today was Krzysztof Holowczycz and fifth Vladimir Vasiliev, both in X-Raid Mini’s and both ex-FIA World Cross Country Racing world champions.
At CP2 Stephane Peterhansel in the new Peugeot 208 DKR was clocked in 8th position, but at the time of writing he has not yet finished in the top 14. His team mate, Carlos Sainz was 10th overall provisionally +26:44 with Leeroy Poulter +26:58 in 12th position.