Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Overdrive Racing) has his third victory in the Dakar 2019 bite. The 48-year-old Qatarees got in the ninth ride, 313 km around Pisco, the victory in the laps when the French Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot 3008 DKR) and Cyril Despres (MINI John Cooper Buggy) ran into trouble. With a lead of 51:27 at first pursuer Nani Roma (MINI John Cooper Works) has Al-Attiyah, with just one short stage of 112 miles to go, his third Dakarzege within easy reach.
Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI John Cooper Buggy) had to give up. The Pole Jakub Przygonski and Tom Colsoul, last year’s winners of the world Cup cross-country, reason the fourth time and took advantage of all that the French suffered in the state to fourth place on the climb.
The Dakar can be extraordinarily hard. After the past few days, two of the favourites for the gold at the engines had to give up, were there Wednesday also two major assignments to write down in the cars. The Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke (Toyota Overdrive Racing) left in the morning and know that his Dakar was over, in the afternoon also had to Put the fight came to a halt. The Frenchman crashed after 26 kilometers. His navigator David Castera ran a back injury and was taken to the hospital of Lima flown. “We came over a dune and landed immediately in the next dune. Everything went so fast that David, who at the time of the impact with the road was busy, the impact is not expected” said Peterhansel.
Sébastien Loeb seemed a long time on the way to a fifth victory, until a broken drive shaft spanner in the works threw. The ninefold world champion rally ended the ride as twelfth, 1u15:20 of Al-Attiyah.
Desprès benefited little from the bad luck of his fellow-countryman, until he MINI rolled. Also Despres has in the meantime, the bivouac was reached. He rode the eighth time at 39:46 of the winner.