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Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally from Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel, becoming the first driver to claim back-to-back stage wins in the event's car category.
Sainz had recorded his first stage win of this year's Dakar in the Arequipa – La Paz test, and picked up right where he left off after a rest day in the Bolivian capital.
Opening the road in the 425km timed special, he arrived at the finish after four hours and 49 minutes, clinching a stage win that was made easier by dramas for teammate Peterhansel. The Frenchman, who had led the way by 27 minutes in the general classification before Saturday's stage, was almost three minutes up on Sainz after the first three waypoints, before hitting a rock while trying to pass a competitor from the bike category. Peterhansel's 3008DKR Maxi sustained heavy left-rear suspension damage and was left stranded. Fellow Peugeot driver Cyril Despres assisted with repairs and the car eventually resumed the run after losing over an hour and a half.
Peterhansel finally completed the stage 1h48m off Sainz's pace, and slotted into third in the overall classification, between the Toyotas of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers.
Joan Barreda notched up a third stage win of this year's Dakar Rally, as Adrien van Beveren reclaimed the outright lead in the bikes' category.
Saturday's 425km La Paz-Uyuni test was the longest of the South American event so far, but Honda rider Barreda was unstoppable from the outset, leading at each and every waypoint.
The Spaniard had begun the day in fifth overall, nine minutes behind teammate and erstwhile leader Kevin Benavides, but climbed to third after clinching the 21st stage win of his Dakar career.
Toby Price was KTM's highest-placed rider on the stage in fourth, but remains sixth overall behind KTM teammate Matthias Walkner and the second Yamaha of Xavier de Soultrait. Result List
cars stage 7
1/ CARLOS SAINZ/LUCAS CRUZ/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 04h 49' 26''
2/ GINIEL DE VILLIERS/DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/05h 01' 31''
3/ NASSER AL-ATTIYAH/MATTHIEU BAUMEL/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 05h 03' 45''
4/ JAKUB PRZYGONSKI/TOM COLSOUL/ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID/ 05h 10' 22''
5/ MARTIN PROKOP/JAN TOMANEK/MP-SPORTS/ 05h 13' 23''
6/ LUCIO ALVAREZ/ROBERT HOWIE/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 05h 18' 15''
7/ BERNHARD TEN BRINKE/MICHEL PERIN/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 05h 20' 59''
8/ SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI/XAVIER PANSERI/PH-SPORT/ 05h 28' 56''
9/ BORIS GARAFULIC/FILIPE PALMEIRO/X-RAID TEAM/ 05h 44' 08''
10/ PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN/MACIEJ MARTON/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 05h 46' 47''
Classifications after the stage 7
1/ CARLOS SAINZ/LUCAS CRUZ/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 21h 41' 38''
2/ NASSER AL-ATTIYAH/MATTHIEU BAUMEL/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 22h 53' 07''
3/ STEPHANE PETERHANSEL/JEAN PAUL COTTRET/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 23h 02' 24''
4/ GINIEL DE VILLIERS/DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 23h 02' 32''
5/ BERNHARD TEN BRINKE/MICHEL PERIN/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 23h 06' 42''
6/JAKUB PRZYGONSKI/TOM COLSOUL/ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID/ 24h 00' 40''
7/MARTIN PROKOP/JAN TOMANEK/MP-SPORTS/24h 04' 17''/+ 24h 04' 17'''
8/ SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI/XAVIER PANSERI/PH-SPORT/ 24h 23' 04''
9/ PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN/MACIEJ MARTON/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 26h 05' 13''
10/ LUCIO ALVAREZ/ROBERT HOWIE/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 26h 55' 54''
bikes stage 7
1/ JOAN BARREDA BORT/MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM/ 05h 11' 10''
2/ ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN/YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM/ 05h 14' 01''
3/ KEVIN BENAVIDES/MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM/ 05h 19' 12''
4/ TOBY PRICE/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 05h 19' 53''
5/ PABLO QUINTANILLA/ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING/ 05h 20' 03''
6/ MATTHIAS WALKNER/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 05h 20' 26''
7/ STEFAN SVITKO/SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM/ 05h 20' 40''
8/ XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT/YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM/ 05h 21' 13''
9/ ANTOINE MEO/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 05h 23' 56''
10/ RICKY BRABEC/MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM/ 05h 24' 58''
Dakar Rally 2018 - Overall classification
Rank/ Rider (Team)
1/Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) 21:49'18
2/Kevin Benavides (Honda) +00:03'14
3/Joan Barreda (Honda) +00:04'45
4/Matthias Walkner (KTM) +00:08'18
5/Toby Price (KTM) +00:13'34
6/Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) +00:16'39
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