Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Christian Radnedge
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Loeb, a nine-times world rally champion and driving for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme group, was fifth on the 375km phase from Wadi Advertisement Dawasir to Bisha with Peterhansel leading Audi group mate Carlos Sainz.
Three-times Dakar winner Al Attiyah was seventh, 5 minutes and 50 seconds off the rate, and likewise collected a five minute penalty for a breach of the seat belt policies.
“( We are pleased) to complete and without losing a great deal of time … Tomorrow its a great road position for us,” stated the Toyota factory motorist, in 2015s runner-up who has led because the first day.
” We had no leaks today, no issues with the vehicle, navigation was excellent with (co-driver) Mathieu (Baumel). Action by step, we will get there.”
When his KTM bike broke down 133km into the stage and he was not able to fix it, Benavides ended the defence of his title.
He won last year on a Honda to become the first South American to win the occasion– now in its 44th edition– on a motorbike.
The 33-year-old had been 5th in general, some 10 minutes behind his Austrian team mate and overnight leader Matthias Walkner, who ended the day fourth with Frances Adrien Van Beveren taking control of at the top.
Britains Sam Sunderland was 2nd overall, almost six minutes adrift, in a phase won by Australian Toby Price on a KTM.
” I made an error at the entrance to a canyon, I went the wrong method, but I realised my mistake and backtracked my steps,” he stated. “Im a bit disappointed, but Ill be beginning in a decent position tomorrow, which is comforting.”
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Rallying – Dakar Rally – Stage 8 – Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad Dawasir, Saudi Arabia – January 10, 2022 Team Audi Sports Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Edouard Boulanger in action during stage 8 REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Jan 12 (Reuters) – Reigning Dakar Rally champs suffered contrasting fortunes on Wednesday with French veteran Stephane Peterhansel winning the 10th phase in the cars and truck category while Argentine bike rider Kevin Benavides suffered technical issues and retired.
The phase triumph was a very first on this years event for Mr Dakar Peterhansel, a 14-times winner on 2 wheels and 4 and now driving an electric hybrid Audi, who left of contention for the title in Saudi Arabia last week.
Qatars Nasser Al Attiyah maintained a comfy lead with two stages staying before the finish in Jeddah on Friday, although closest competing Sebastien Loeb cut the gap to 32 minutes and 40 seconds.
Al Attiyah keeps half hour lead with two stages left
Audi one-two in 10th phase
Motorbike champ Benavides needs to retire
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