The Rally Dakar 2022 had his first timed test that was only 19 kilometers that comprised a part of stage 1 that joined Jeddah with Hail, where Manuel Andújar (Yamaha), current champion in quadricycles, was the fastest. While Kevin Benavides (KTM), the other Argentine defending his crown, was fourth in motorcycles.
This small section, which was carried out in the town of Badr, 225 kilometers north of Jeddah, was an excuse for there to be a speed sector on the first day that is known as a “prologue”, where pilots do not usually give one hundred percent since the truth will begin with the second part of stage 1, which will have 333 kilometers of race.
Before arriving at the camp in Hail, the competitors made 614 kilometers of connection, an instance that is not timed and they only limited themselves to arriving on a cool day in the morning with 15 degrees and that later it was raising its temperature. In this context Andújar paved the way for being the last champion of his specialty and was left with the best time, and he took 1m35s from the Frenchman Alexandre Giroud and 2m35s. the Chilean Giovanni Enrico, on a podium for pure Yamaha.
On motorcycles Benavides, who switched from Honda to KTM, was fourth, two minutes behind the winner, Australian Daniel Sanders (KTM) who had a time of 55m30s. Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) was second and Ross Branch (Yamaha) was third.
While in cars Nasser Al-Attiyah He showed why he is the leading candidate for victory and led the way with his Toyota Hilux. Second was Carlos Sainz in a historic result with its electric vehicle, the Audi RS Q e-tron. Third, South African Brian Baragwanath finished with a Century prototype.
The rest of the Argentines:
Quadricycles: Francisco Moreno (12th), Carlos Verza (19th),
Motorcycles: Luciano Benavides (13th), Diego Gamaliel Llanos (53rd), Joaquín Debeljuh Taruselli (57th), Diego Noras (66th) and Matías Notti (103rd).
Autos: Orly Terranova (10th), Lucio Álvarez (13th), Sebastián Halpern (18th), Juan Cruz Yacopini (25th), and Eugenio Andrés Arrieta, navigator for the Paraguayan Andrea Lafarja (78th).
Trucks: Juan Manuel Silva (32nd).
UTV: Pablo Macua (22nd), David Zille (27th) and Ezequiel Fernández Sasso who is a navigator for the Austrian Nicolas Brabeck-Lemathe, were 11th.
The first fifteen of each category will choose how to start on Sunday. This is key because nobody wants to start ahead to avoid opening the way, because whoever is in that condition will find the dirtiest route.
After this prologue and the symbolic start, the activity will continue this Sunday with stage 1 that will have a development of 333 kilometers timed in Hail with a “roller” (round trip in the same city). It can be said that the 2022 Dakar Rally will really start with this competition.
Rally Dakar 2022 – Etapa 1 – Top cinco
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) 10m56s
Carlos Sainz (ESP) 11m08s
Brian Baragwanath (SUD) 11m32s
Henk Lategan (SUD) 11m32s
Sébastien Loeb (FRA) 11m33s
Daniel Sanders (AUS) 11m06s
Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) at 1m
Ross Branch (BOT) a 1m55s
Kevin Benavides (ARG) a 2m00s.
Mathias Walkner (AUT) a 2m35s
Manuel Andújar (ARG) 14m02s
Alexandre Giroud (FRA) at 1m35s
Giovanni Enrico (CHI) at 2m35s
Italo Pedemonte (CHI) at 6m45s
Tomas Kubiena (CZE) a 6m45s
Marek Gozal (POL) 13m22s
Michael Gozal (POL) 13m36s
Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira (BRA) 13:40s
Austin Jones (USA) 13m58s
Aron Domzala (POL) 14m07s
Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS) 14m24s
Anton Shibalov (RUS) 14m25s.
Martin Macik (CZE) 14m26s
Janus Van Kasteren (NLD) 14m27s
Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) 14m28s