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Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) and his co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FR) continue to be the men to beat at this year’s Dakar Rally. The successful duo won Stage 10 in their Mini ALL4 Racing, extending their lead in the overall classification. It was their fourth stage win at this year’s Dakar and they now lead the Toyota Hilux of South Africa’s Giniel De Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz by 28:22 minutes.
Orlando Terranova/Bernardo Graue (AR/AR) perfected the Mini one-two win on Stage 10 by finishing 1:35 minutes behind Al-Attiyah/Baumel. Another Mini crew, Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) finished in seventh place and remain in a strong fourth place overall.
Defending champions Nani Roma (ES) and Michel Périn (FR) – who were also driving a Mini – crashed out at the 193km mark and were unable to continue.
Stage 10 presented competitors with a tricky route from Calama in Chile to Salta in Argentina. Very fast gravel roads at an altitude of over 4 000 metres proved a tough challenge for engines and drivers alike, the thin air influencing performance.
Stage eleven today will be held at a much lower altitude of 1 500 metres at the maximum. The 194km-long route, which runs from Salta to Termas de Rio Hondo, consists of very fast roads often lined with trees. Again, drivers will have to be vigilant.
Overall classification after Stage 10 (Top 3)
01 Al-Attiyah/Baumel – MINI ALL4 Racing – 35:19:37h
02 De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz – Toyota Hilux – 35:47:59h
03 Al Rajhi/Gottschalk – Toyota Hilux – 36:02:45h