January 24, 2022

on Peterhansel’s day, Loeb and Al-Attiyah neutralize each other

Cinephiles know “M le maudit”, a black masterpiece by Fritz Lang. On this Dakar-2022, there was “P le poissard”, with a capital P for Peterhansel, who experienced a chaotic race that fell far short of his standards.

At the wheel of the new electrically powered Audi RS Q e-tron, ” Mister Dakar ” (14 wins) had lost everything in the first stage by tearing a wheel. His ordeal continued thereafter with other troubles and an unenviable role of “troubleshooter” for his teammates.

But the Vesulian is not the type to let go. While his comrades from the brand with the four rings were able to savor a stage success, first Carlos Sainz then Mattias Ekström, he remained in the shadows despite a newfound pleasure at the wheel and places of honor.

Until Wednesday, between Wadi ad-Dawasir and Bisha, during stage 10 (375 km) of this Dakar. Winner ahead of Sainz and the surprising Henk Lategan (Toyota), Peterhansel saved his race.

Loeb and Al-Attiyah do not let go

In the race for the final victory, Sébastien Loeb (BRX) and Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) again finished wheel to wheel. Penalized the night before by five minutes for an unattached safety harness, the Qatari manages his nest egg by trying to keep it above the half hour. The Alsatian took back nearly a minute and a half (1’25 ”), which leaves him at 32’40 ” overall.

There are now only two steps left to upset the hierarchy. That of Thursday, presented as the most formidable of the Dakar-2022, is perhaps the last opportunity.

Motorcycle: Van Beveren, le return

It’s a hell of a job that was opened this Wednesday by the bikers between Wadi ad-Dawasir and Bisha, during stage 10 (375 km) of this Dakar.

In order of elimination, there was first Kevin Benavides (KTM). Still in the race for the win, the Argentinian, 5th overall, retired due to a mechanical problem. The Chilean Quintanilla (4th), the last Honda representative to be able to claim victory, has let time pass (7’05 ”).

It’s even worse for leader Mattias Walkner (KTM) and his runner-up Sam Sundelrand (GasGas), who lost precious minutes at the end of the special (respectively 15’55 “and 11’18”).

In the end, the big winner of the day is Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha). The northerner finished 4th, 3’35 ” behind the winner of the stage, Toby Price (KTM). In the general classification, “VBA” therefore takes the lead of the Dakar for the second time in this edition, ahead of Quintanilla at 4’15 “and his brother-in-law Sundelrand at 5’59”.

Two steps from the end, Van Beveren can begin to believe it.