Ten Brinke shines during the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, Loeb wins valuable time


Nasser Al-Attiyah has entered the second Dakar week as the big favorite, but did lose time on close attacker Sebastian Loeb during the seventh stage, despite his second place.

During the more than 400 kilometers long stage from the Saudi capital Riyadh to Al Dawadimi, it was Carlos Sainz who started strongly on behalf of Audi. He held the lead for nearly 200km, but was then overtaken by Loeb in his Bahrain Raid Extreme team car.

In the end, the Frenchman crossed the finish line fastest, with a lead of more than five minutes over Al-Attiyah. Sainz had to settle for 3rd place at seven minutes. His Audi teammate Stephane Peterhansel was fourth.

Ten Brinke soon

Our own Bernhard ten Brinke was also having a good day. The Dutchman, who was only flown in at the last minute to participate in the Dakar Rally after a corona infection from Erik van Loon, was among the toppers. Without real preparation, he does anything but bad in his Toyota.

On Sunday, he finished sixth, just twelve minutes behind rally legend Loeb. In the standings, however, Ten Brinke is still well behind the top riders due to a few unfortunate stages. Tim and Tom Coronel are having a lesser day, possibly due to Tim’s back problems, but are still riding around a solid 40th place. They are currently still on the way.

Al Attiyah still firmly in the saddle

If Nasser Al-Attiyah stops doing crazy things, he looks set to win the Dakar Rally. Despite losing five minutes this Sunday, he is still 45 minutes ahead of Loeb in the overall standings. Al Rajhi is in third place, 53 minutes behind. The rest have to give in for at least an hour.

Check the ranking below.

Item. driver Team Time



Toyota Gazoo Racing




Bahrain Raid Xtreme

+ 44.59


Al Rajhic

Overdrive Toyota




Overdrive Toyota

+ 1:15.09



X-Raid Mini JCW Team

+ 1:30.04


Team Audi Sport

+ 2:50.38


Team Audi Sport

+ 3:58.38

Ten Brinke

Overdrive Toyota

+ 4:35.42


Team Audi Sport

+ 68:20.34

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