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Sainz closes in on victory after Loeb’s problem falters

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The rocky Al-’Ula to Yanbu 420km check, gained by Guerlain Chicherit for Overdrive Toyota, seems to be the deciding stage for general victory at this 12 months’s Dakar with Sainz transferring right into a wholesome 1h27m06s lead. 

Loeb, who reduce Sainz’s result in beneath 14 minutes yesterday, was on the assault through the opening operating however at 132km he suffered a broken entrance proper A-arm on his Present Hunter in a heavy touchdown following a bounce and was stranded with out preliminary mechanical assist. 

The nine-time World Rally champion was given help by Zi Yungang driving for YunXiang China in a fellow Hunter automotive and was in a position to resume having misplaced over an hour and 1 / 4. 

Sainz, who had been battled for the stage lead on the time, duly performed it barely safer on the rocky terrain which allowed Chicherit to overtake him and pull clear for his second consecutive stage win. 

Chicherit took the stage triumph by 5m32s from Overdrive team-mate Guillaume de Mevius, who pipped Sainz by three seconds, however the Audi driver gained’t be disheartened given his nearly 90-minute general benefit. 

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With de Mevius promoted to second general for Overdrive Toyota, Loeb stays within the struggle for the rostrum in third place, after Toyota’s Lucas Moraes stopped on the stage with 60km to go. 

Present runner-up de Mevius has practically eight minutes in hand over Loeb in third, with stage winner Chicherit as much as fourth, 7m18s additional again. 

Martin Prokop accomplished the present prime 5 within the Orlen Jipocar Ford, forward of Toyota trio Man David Botterill, Giniel de Villiers and Benediktas Vanagas.  

Moraes limped house in his Toyota having misplaced over two hours to the leaders, to drop from third to ninth within the general standings, as Century’s Mathieu Serradori rounded out the highest 10. 

Tomorrow’s Stage 12 brings an finish to this 12 months’s Dakar Rally, with the comparatively smoother 175km Yanbu loop anticipated to see Sainz wrap up his fourth Dakar title. 

Provisional classification after Stage 11 (Prime 10 solely):

Place

Driver

Automotive

Time / hole

1

Carlos Sainz

Audi

46h23m47s

2

Guillaume de Mevius

Toyota

+1h27m06s

3

Sebastien Loeb

Prodrive

+1h36m02s

4

Guerlain Chicherit

Toyota

+1h42m20s

5

Martin Prokop

Ford

+2h17m47s

6

Man Botterill

Toyota

+2h41m31s

7

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota

+2h51m09s

8

Benediktas Vanagas

Toyota

+3h01m36s

9

Lucas Moraes

Toyota

+3h06m42s

10

Mathieu Serradori

Century

+3h09m17s



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