The Spanish rider Carlos Sainz (Mini), in cars, and the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), in motorbikes, climbed the final victory at the Dakar Rally after the race on Thursday of the penultimate stage, a route of 379 km timed between Shubaytah and Haradh.
By car, Sainz will face the last day with more than ten minutes to go over his rivals, namely 10:17 over Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) and 10:23 over Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini). The Frenchman signaled the victory in this penultimate stage that the Spaniard took calmly to minimize risks, which made him lose eight minutes of his advantage to the general.
With regard to the two wheels, Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) took the victory and cut Brabec to 12 minutes, but the American will face the last leg with a 13:56 advantage over the Chilean. For his part, Joan Barreda (Honda) lost more than 14 minutes and dropped to fifth overall.