Dmitry Sotnikov is also home and dry. The Russian wrapped up the special with more than a minute and a half to spare over his compatriot and teammate Eduard Nikolaev. Sotnikov has won the Dakar outright for the second time! The current leader of the T5 World Rally-Raid Championship, Martin Macík, was second on the day —the best performance by a non-Kamaz driver this year.
Sotnikov is cementing his lead over Aleš Loprais and Martin Macík as the race enters the home straight. Eduard Nikolaev, his closest rival in the general standings, is conceding over a minute and a half. Sotnikov is looking good for his second title in a row!
Karginov was fastest at km 38, but his four chasers are all within a minute. Overall leader Dmitry Sotnikov is 11' back, followed by Aleš Loprais, Eduard Nikolaev and Martin Macík. The fourth Kamaz driver, Anton Shibalov, is also trailing by less than a minute. You could throw a blanket over them!