With four days to go, it remains exciting in the Dakar Rally, although classification leader Nasser Al-Attiyah seems to be slowly getting ready for the final victory. On Tuesday he managed to extend his lead over close attacker Sebastian Loen to more than 39 minutes.
Al-Attiyah was third in the test, while Loeb had to settle for fifth. The difference between the two was a minute. With four more stages to go, the Qatari has very good papers.
The top three of the day consisted of three teammates from Toyota Gazoo Racing. Giniel de Villiers was the fastest man on Tuesday, while Henk Lategan was second at nine seconds. Al-Attiyah thus completed the top three.
The 224 kilometer long stage from Wadi Ad Dawasir to Wadi Ad Dawasir, a round, was relatively on the short side, so the differences were small. The top ten were within 4 minutes of each other.
Bernhard ten Brinke was the best Dutchman, at 4 minutes and 48 seconds. That made him the twelfth man of the day. He is in 20th place in the standings, almost five hours behind.
Check out the standings after the eighth stage below.