The legendary Dakar rally-raid will formally begin in Saudi Arabia solely tomorrow, January 3, however already on Saturday its contributors went to the beginning of the so-called “prologue” – a high-speed part solely 11 km lengthy. It is necessary that the one who confirmed the most effective time in the present day would be the first to go to the space of the primary “actual” stage of 345 km on Sunday.
Qatari rider Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Hilux) was the quickest in the present day, 36 seconds forward of his everlasting rival Carlos Sainz, who will defend the title of Dakar winner gained final yr.
However in the present day the Spaniard was unfortunate: simply three kilometers after the beginning, his X-Raid MINI had a punctured wheel, which compelled him to decelerate, which was utilized by Al-Attiyah and practically three dozen different rivals. Sainz completed the prologue solely in twenty eighth place, so on Sunday he begins fairly late, when clouds of mud from beforehand handed automobiles will dangle over the observe, which is able to complicate overtaking and enhance the chance of an accident.
The very best Russian rider in the present day was Vladimir Vasiliev (Mini JSW Rally), he confirmed twelfth time, however on the similar time he’s the most effective of all who compete in off-road automobiles with diesel engines.