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Nasser Al-Attiyah takes the lead in Dakar rally, Tom Colsoul drive third time

Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Overdrive Racing) has Monday in Peru, the first klassementsrit in the 41st Dakar won. The 48-year-old Qatarees had in Pisco 1:59 ahead of last year’s winner, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (MINI John Cooper Buggy). The Pole Jakub Przygonski and Tom Colsoul (MINI John Cooper Works) the third time, at 2:00 of dagwinnaar Al-Attiyah.

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The South African Giniel de Villiers (Toyota Overdrive Racing), the Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI John Cooper Buggy) and the Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke (Toyota Overdrive Racing) reason respectively the sixth, seventh and eighth time. What is striking is the thirteenth time of Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot 3008 DKR). The Frenchman lost all 6:07, which is rather a lot for a short klassementsrit of 84 kilometres.

The Fransmam Mathieu Serradori (Buggy), assisted by the Belgian navigator Fabian Lurquin, rode the eighteenth time, at 7:04 of Al-Attiyah. Stéphane Prévot, the navigator of the Frenchman Philippe Gache (Buggy SMG), reed as the 27th crossed the finish line at 10:48 of the dagwinnaar. Just before the start got Prévot good news. Sunday it seemed that one of the two servicetrucks of his team did not start could go because the key was lost, but the problem was solved.

Except in 1991, it has never happened that a rider’s first ride in the cars and win the race in the bag protrudes. In 1991 won the finn Ari Vatanen in the prologue, thirteen klassementsritten later his fourth Dakar. Al-Attiyah, the winner of 2011 and 2015. Monday he achieved his 31st victory.

Nasser Al-Attiyah has Tuesday the dubious honor of being the first vehicle in the desert in the diving. In the 342 km long ride between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona start the cars for the engines.

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