This year’s famous Dakar rally raid for the first time takes place in the sands of Saudi Arabia and pilots have to get used to the new conditions of a difficult race. Despite the fact that Dakar 2020 seems to have just started, some crews have already managed to complete their participation in the marathon.
Racer Khalid Al-Kassimi from the United Arab Emirates rolled over a bit on his Peugeot 3008 DKR, as a result, the race car is no longer subject to recovery, and the crew had to finish the race ahead of schedule.
Even more spectacular was the gathering at the crew of the X-raid G-Energy Team, consisting of Russian pilot Vladimir Vasiliev and Ukrainian navigator Vitaliy Evtekhov. During the passage of the special stage, their MINI suddenly caught fire. Fortunately, the pilots were not injured, but the Dakar 2020 for them has already ended.
The leader in the overall standings is the legendary Spanish rider Carlos Sainz, who also stands for MINI for the X-raid team. In second place is the no less famous pilot from Qatar – Nasser Al-Attiyah on Toyota Hilux. Closes the three leaders of the Argentine rally player Orlando Terranova at MINI.
We also note that in Dakar for the first time the two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso takes part, but the Spaniard did not have a rally-raid from the very first special stages. Due to technical problems, Alonso has already lost 2.5 hours, but nevertheless, Fernando continues to fight and in the third special stage even got into the top five on his Toyota Hilux.