Stephane Peterhansel’s pursuit of a record-extending 14th career Dakar Rally received a fortunate break on Monday, as the Frenchman finally took his first stage win of the 2019 event in the San Juan de Marcona loop stage. Peterhansel’s winning time of 4:00:01 was four minutes and 33 seconds better than second place Nani Roma, and enabled Peterhansel to regain second place in the Cars standings, 29:16 behind overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Al-Attiyah finished fourth, giving up 11:58 to the X-Raid Mini JCW Team driver in the overall standings. Peterhansel’s teammate and defending event winner Carlos Sainz completed an all-Mini podium on the day in third, and is back in the overall top 10 for the first time in nearly a week. Sebastien Loeb, meanwhile, couldn’t make it three stage victories in a row, falling to fourth in the overall standings with a disappointing 11th place run on Monday.
On the bikes, American Ricky Brabec is back in the overall lead ahead of Chilean Pablo Quintanilla thanks to a third place performance on Stage 7. Brabec now leads Adrien Van Beveren, who finished fourth today, by 7:47 in the standings, while Quintanilla plummeted to fifth overall, 9:59 back. Sam Sunderland took his second stage victory of the year on Monday, allowing him to climb to fourth place, just 1:30 back of teammate Toby Price for the final podium spot with three stages to go.
Chaleco Lopez paced the Side-by-Side class for the second day in a row, and third time in seven stages, with a time of 4:30:08 on Monday. That was over 22 minutes clear of Reinaldo Varela, the defending event winner and second racer to finish. Incoming overall leader Gerard Farres will lose the overall lead when all is said and done after hitting the fifth waypoint nearly two hours behind Lopez; coming into the day, he had been only 32:36 clear of Varela in third, and 58:43 ahead of Lopez in fourth.
The Quad and Truck classes remain under complete control of their established leaders as early finishers roll in on Monday. Nicolas Cavigliasso’s lead over Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli is now up to 75 minutes and 36 seconds after his sixth stage win in seven tries on Monday. In the Trucks, Gerard de Rooy may have won his second stage in a row, but Kamaz driver Eduard Nikolaev remains well in control of the event. The Russian leads de Rooy by over an hour, and incoming second place driver Dmitry Sotnikov was nearly an hour behind Nikolaev at his last waypoint.