Carlos Sainz takes lead in OiLibya Rally
A special day for Peugeot Sport as it took its first stage win in their renewed rally-raid campaign. Carlos Sainz took the win and the overall lead in stage two in Morocco, beating Dakar 2015-winner Al-Attiyah in his Mini by 1m 49s. Sam Sunderland and Ales Loprais took victory in the bike and truck category.
At all checkpoints the Spaniard Sainz, father of rookie Formula One driver Carlos junior, was quickest. Halfway the 223-kilometer long stage Nasser Al-Attiyah was two minutes behind, scraping back ten seconds on its way to the finish line. A third Dakar winner, Giniel de Villiers, arrived third at the finish, but had to settle with a big difference of over eight minutes to Sainz.
Another Peugeot driver, Sébastien Loeb, had a much better than yesterday when his turbo broke down. He finished sixth amidst experienced rally-raid names like Al-Rajhi and Vasilyev.
Sam Sunderland was in attack mode today. The Dubai-based Brit won the stage by more than five minutes. Pablo Quintanilla and Mathias Walkner battled for second place with the Chilean beating the Austrain by only 17 seconds.
Leader after day 1, Joan Barreda, had a lonely day as he started first with no other rider joining him. He wasn't fast enough through the dunes which saw him Sunderland taking over the overall lead by 2'33.
In the truck category the Dutch Team Iveco De Rooy took a 1-2 victory today. Its two new drivers Ales Loprais and Federico Villagra seemed comfortable in their new trucks with the Czech leading the Argentinean by 6'32. Thrid truck at the finish was yesterday's winner Martin van den Brink, who lost the overall lead to Ales Loprais.
Iveco team leader Gerard de Rooy had to take it easy at some point. He is testing new rims, could not drive with the desired tire pressure and could not fully attack in the dunes. He came in fourth, 12'18 behind the stage winner.