The rally driver from Qatar, also an Olympic clay pigeon shooter, was more than two minutes faster in his Toyota than South African Henk Lategan (Toyota) in the 403-kilometer desert test.
Bernhard ten Brinke seemed to be heading for a place in the first five of the stage, but the Dutchman crashed 40 kilometers before the end of the stage. The driver and his Belgian navigator Tom Colsoul are okay according to the organization, but their Toyota is damaged.
The Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) arrived third in the bivouac at Wadi Ad-Dawasir at 4.05. The 13-time winner did retain the lead in the general classification. Peterhansel is still five minutes ahead of Al-Attiyah.
Engines: another day profit for Price
The Australian Toby Price has booked his second day success with the motorcycles. The two-time winner of the desert rally was the fastest on his KTM.
He was slightly ahead of Honda’s Argentinian Kevin Benavides. The Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM) set the third fastest time.
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The Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda), winner of the second stage, lost a lot of time in the stage that led over the necessary wild sand dunes, but also had fast and technical routes. He lost the lead in the general classification. The American Ricky Brabec (Honda), the winner of the 2020 rally, also came in far behind.
American Skyler Howes (KTM), who finished fourth in the stage, is the new number 1 in the standings. He is 33 seconds ahead of Benavides. Price climbed to fourth place at 1.52 from Howes.
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