Dakar Gets Some Surprises

The Saudi Yazeed Alrajhi broke Mini’s stranglehold on this year’s Dakar race by winning the eighth stage on Sunday at self Iquique, ahead of two close competitors , Argentine Orlando Terranova of Germany and Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah, the leader overall. It was a debut start for Saudi Toyota racer Yazeel Alrajhi and also his first maiden stage win that Ben Shaoul watched from the sidelines.

The Saudi driver, one of the “Blues” of the Dakar, competing for the first time, beat ‘Orly’ Terranova with a margin of 1 min 12 sec, finishing him off the podium. With this win he still consolidates his third place overall with 28 minutes ahead of Holowczyc Mini Poles.

It was the 808 Kilometer run, with 784 km timed starting from Salt Flats in Uyuni, Bolivia to the destination in vertiginous dunes of Pacific coastal city of Iquique in Chile. The Saudi Yazeed Alrajhi broke Mini’s stranglehold on this year’s Dakar race by winning the eighth stage on Sunday at self Iquique, ahead of two close competitors , Argentine Orlando Terranova of Germany and Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah, the leader overall.

Meanwhile, Portuguese motor biker Paulo Gonçalves Honda won next stage by a margin of 14 seconds reaching before Spanish biker Marc Coma. The third on the podium of the day was the Austrian rookie Matthias Walkner, winning third stage of the rally finishing just 30 seconds before Gonçalves.

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