Robby Gordon will NOT be competing. One customer SPEED UTV will be.
Saudi Arabia is +8 hours on Eastern Time / +11 on the West Coast.
January 2nd-7th, the Rally Raid starts in Ha'il, Saudi Arabia and races South than West before racing to North to the city of Riyadh.
January 8th, Rest Day Riyadh
January 9th-14th, the Rally Raid continues from Riyadh through the Southern area of Saudi Arabia before heading to West, than West, finishing in Jeddah.
Extended highlights of the day presented by Gaussin - Stage 1A
Sanders brings it home!
Daniel Sanders dominated stage 1B from A to Z to claim his second career Dakar stage win, also the second in a row, as well as padding his overall lead. The Australian is 2'07' clear of Pablo Quintanilla and over 8'30' ahead of Matthias Walkner.
Car: Al-Attiyah and Loeb done for today
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sébastien Loeb have finished the timed sector. Barring a major surprise, the Qatari has the stage win in the bag. The Toyota driver has clearly hit the ground running…
Kellon in the #308
LW Proto: Quintero far from alone
COVID-19 left the Red Bull clan scrambling to replace Mitch Guthrie and Guillaume de Mevius's co-driver, Tom Colsoul, but the team still shone in stage 1A, with three cars in the top 4. Andreas Mikkelsen and Kellon Walch have proved to be super-subs. Smart money says Red Bull drivers will prevail again in stage 1B.
DAKAR media is currently having an issue. Also having issues are the Audi's
12:59 Peterhansel stops!
Stéphane Peterhansel was second on the road at km 120, right behind Nasser Al-Attiyah, when he smashed up his rear and was forced to screech to a halt to wait for his support crew at km 153. A major setback for 'Monsieur Dakar'.
Ekstrom is in -1:29:36 on the stage
Carlos is in -2:06:55 on the stage
Stephane has not made it half way yet
15:54 Car: 'El Matador' lost!
Carlos Sainz, ranked in the top 10 until km 239, has lost his bearings near km 250. 'El Matador' has lost buckets of time, as his deficit at the last WP of the day is two hours and counting. After Stéphane Peterhansel's setback earlier today, the new hybrid Audi is having a torrid Dakar debut.
Navigation Lesson: The Secret To Winning Dakar
I do like the way he explains things, and I like his whiteboard!