Dakar 2016: Antoine Meo on motorcycles and in cars Carlos Sainz won the stage
In the Dakar 2016 was played Saturday’s seventh stage before the rest day on which the caravan raid returned to Argentina. Antonione Meo won in the motorcycle and the car came the first victory of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz tightening overall.
The day’s stage linking the towns of Uyuni in Bolivia to Salta in Argentina. The special had just over 300 kilometers divided into two sectors affected by the swollen river. This forced to cancel the second part of the special for some bikes but not the front-runners and slow a bit out of the cars.
In cars Peugeot continues to ravage and already adds 6 wins in a row. This time the spearhead of the French team was Carlos Sainz who was finally able to score his first stage win after being left at the gates in several days. Sainz-Cruz couple signed a perfect stage and excelled in 38 seconds to Loeb. The French benefited from a rearmost position output after Yazeed Al-Rajhi and saved well the stage even though at some point they reported problems in his car.
Nasser Al-Attiyah still not resigned to approach the Peugeot. The Qatari was 3rd and prevented triplet Peugeot by just 5 seconds was the time it took to Peterhansel. Mikko Hirvonen was 5th and the top ten was completed by Despres, De Villiers, Al-Rajhi, Poulter and Nani Roma who lost 7 minutes.
In this link you can see the stage classification. In the overall standings Loeb back in the lead with 2 minutes and 22 seconds over 5 minutes on Peterhansel and Sainz. Al-Attiyah sees the lead 17 minutes in Mini was expected to nearly stroll in Dakar.
The special on bikes began with the news that Joan Barreda started the race because he had problems after a fall yesterday as he towed. A shame for the Spanish driver who was the favorite to win but keep quitting candidates because Matthias Walkner crashed and left with broken leg. Paulo Goncalves stopped to assist you and when you remove the time will be used to assist in the second stage.
The victory of the day was for Antoine Meo, five times world champion and rookie enduro test. The Frenchman finished ahead of Benavides, Metge and Rodrigues. Ivan Cervantes, another expert enduro, got his best result being 6th to just over 5 minutes just ahead of Gerard Farres . Monleón also did his best stage yielding only 6 minutes as Pedrero. Laia Sanz lost more than 7.
In this link you can see the stage classification. In the overall standings Price appeared as interim leader but the leadership must correspond to Goncalves with about 3 minutes ahead. Spaniards are best placed Farres is 8 to 26 minutes Pedrero is 10 ° to 28 minutes. Arana and Sanz are 14th and 15th while Viladoms than we expected a little more is 17th.