Carlos Sainz, ranked in the top 10 until km 239, has lost his bearings near km 250. 'El Matador' has lost buckets of time, as his deficit at the last WP of the day is two hours and counting. After Stéphane Peterhansel's setback earlier today, the new hybrid Audi is having a torrid Dakar debut.
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sébastien Loeb have finished the timed sector. Barring a major surprise, the Qatari has the stage win in the bag. The Toyota driver has clearly hit the ground running…
Henk Lategan, fourth in the qualifying special, has suffered a puncture and lost one of his rear wheels at km 142. After a DNF last year, the South African driver could be waving goodbye to his prospects of an overall podium spot.
Stéphane Peterhansel was second on the road at km 120, right behind Nasser Al-Attiyah, when he smashed up his rear and was forced to screech to a halt to wait for his support crew at km 153. A major setback for 'Monsieur Dakar'.