Dakar 2018, stage 6: Sainz gets his first victory


The sixth stage the Dakar, after the hell that has been Peru and its dunes, has been developed almost under a truce, not a written one way to Bolivia. Times matched and a few shockers in the two sections timed, to a large extent by the type of track that would have faced the pilots. Boasting its natural rate in this type of sections, Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz have achieved his first stage victory after overcoming the road of Peace to Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah.


Carlos Sainz has achieved the victory in the sixth stage after completing the two sections of the special of 313 kilometres that made up the day in a time of 2:53:30 hours, a record that has earned him the rider from madrid to overcome by a margin of 4:06 Stéphane Peterhansel. In this way, the advantage of ‘Mr. Dakar’ has been reduced to 27:10 minutes, always under the watchful eye of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers, third and fourth in today’s stage, and only surpassed by Bernhard Ten Brinke in the general, where three drivers of Toyota have given up more than 1 hour and 20 minutes with Peterhansel along the stay of the Dakar in Peru.

In a stage of few differences and surprises, every time that Cyril Despres was fifth with the third of the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi, maybe it’s worth to note the good performance of Mikko Hirvonen in the first sector of the special with the buggy X-Raid, maybe in the first positive sample of the new model of Mini. Even if the second part of the day was not so bright, Hirvonen closed the stage in sixth position, just behind Bernhard Ten Brinke and Lucio Álvarez. The Czech Martin Prokop, and the Polish Jakub Przygonski have completed the ‘top ten’ of the stage.

With a performance below what is expected has finished the stage Nicolás Fuchs, every time that the peruvian has given something more than 16 minutes relative to the time reference. In this aspect, the pilot of Borgward has complained of the cold and the mud, perhaps being these elements the most complicated stage in which, along with the day of rest, the pilots and co-pilots have to adapt their bodies the competition in height. A acclimatization that have not achieved all the riders, to such an extent that ‘Orly’ Terranova has left it with severe headaches and vomiting. For his part, Patrice Garrouste has been imposed between the UTV.



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