Stage three of the Dakar Rally was full of heartbreak for last year’s winner and triumph for a name that has been synonymous with Dakar for decades.
Stephane Peterhansel took the victory on stage three in the cars, putting himself into third position overall. Finishing second on the stage was Nasser Al-Attiyah, vaulting the Toyota driver back into first position overall.
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Carlos Sainz lost a number of hours after breaking a wheel, putting last year’s winner way down the leaderboard in 36th position overall.
In the side-by-side category, Reinaldo Varela had a slower day, dropping about 15 minutes and finishing the stage in sixth spot, dropping him down into fourth position overall.
Francisco López Contardo is now the overall leader in side-by-sides, though the split between him and Gerard Farrés is just over three minutes, as Farres took the victory on stage three.
In the big trucks, Kamaz had a one-two-three stage three podium sweep, with Andrei Karginov taking the overall win for the team, while Eduard Nikolaev, the man who won the first two stages, took third on the day. Nikolaev is still in first position overall, with his teammate Sotnikov nipping at his heels. The Iveco of Federico Villagra is in third spot overall after finishing fourth on stage three.
In the quads, this is the first stage that Cavigliasso hasn’t won, though the Argentinian racer was just one minute and 44 seconds off the pace set by Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli. Cavigliasso retains the overall lead though, with a pretty commanding 29 minute lead.
Finally, in the moto division, Matthias Walkner and Ricky Brabec both got lost, costing each racer about 20 minutes and leaving the door open for Xavier de Soultrait to take the stage three win. Pablo Quintanilla, who finished second on stage three, now claims the overall victory, leading Benevides by just over 11 minutes.
It was a disastrous day for Joan Berreda, who had to exit the competition after getting stuck in a large ditch.