Defending winner Carlos Sainz took the direct in the Dakar Rally car category after successful Sunday’s 1st proper stage in the Saudi Arabian desert forward of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel.

The Spaniard was 8 seconds crystal clear of ‘Mr Dakar’ Peterhansel — the Frenchman who has received a document 13 situations on two wheels and 4 — all round after the 277-km timed stage from the port town of Jeddah to Bisha.

Right away leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, who received Saturday’s limited prologue for the manufacturing facility Toyota group, dropped again to tenth and practically 12 minutes off the direct.

“We decided to earn the prologue, and we expected to get rid of time opening the highway currently. Tomorrow’s stage is what definitely issues,” said the Qatari.

Sainz, a triple Dakar winner whose son and namesake is a Ferrari Method A person driver, had begun 28th after a puncture in the prologue but came again aggressively in his X-Raid Mini JCW buggy.

“We had a puncture and a issue with the roadbook designed us get rid of 4 minutes. Joyful with the P1 and with the direct tomorrow,” the 58-year-previous said on Twitter.

Peterhansel dropped time with a puncture in the previous 50km.

9-situations world rally winner Sebastien Loeb had a tricky day, the Frenchman suffering 3 punctures and dropping practically 24 minutes powering for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme group.

Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez led the way in the light-weight prototype category, getting the 1st woman winner of a Dakar stage because Germany’s Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005. Kleinschmidt received the Dakar car category in 2001.

Gutierrez, a 4 situations finisher in the Dakar, not long ago signed up to contend in the new Extraordinary E series for a group owned by 7 situations Method A person winner Lewis Hamilton.

In the bikes, Australian two-situations winner Toby Rate was 23 seconds crystal clear of Argentina’s Kevin Benavides all round while American 2020 winner Ricky Brabec dropped his way and ended up seventeen minutes adrift.

“Now (was) pretty tricky with the navigation. I obtained dropped a minimal little bit about 7km from the end,” said KTM rider Rate. “I took a minimal little bit of time just making an attempt to get again on monitor below.”

The Dakar, a person of motorsport’s most unsafe and grueling situations, is currently being held totally in Saudi Arabia for the second time, with competitors in a protecting bubble after testing adverse for COVID-19.

The rally finishes in Jeddah on Jan. fifteen.