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2024 Dakar Rally Results

Ekstrom Leads Dakar 2024, Sainz Faces Challenge

05/01/2024

In the 2024 Dakar Rally results, echoing his previous year’s performance, Mattias Ekström secures the premier position in the prologue once more. American newcomer Seth Quintero smartly outpaces fan-favorite Sébastien Loeb, while Nasser Al-Attiyah, against expectations, finishes outside the top 10.

At the 2024 Dakar Rally, Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom emerged as the fastest in the Cars Prologue, while his teammate, Carlos Sainz, concluded in the 48th spot.

The Swedish driver clocked a commendable time of 16:35s across the 28km AlUla special in his RS Q e-tron. Meanwhile, 2023 Dakar victor Nasser Al-Attiyah, in his debut with the Prodrive Hunter, finished 12th.

Dakar 2024: Quintero Shines, Al-Attiyah’s Tactical Start

Al-Attiyah’s successor at Toyota Gazoo Racing, Seth Quintero, clinched the second spot in his Toyota Hilux, trailing Ekstrom by 23 seconds. Close behind, Sebastien Loeb secured third, 15 seconds adrift in a Bahrain Rain Xtreme Hunter.

Al-Attiyah’s initial lag stemmed from a navigational misstep. Notably, this year, Prologue timings won’t affect the overall standings, possibly turning this slow start to Al-Attiyah’s advantage.

Projected to commence Stage 1 from the 12th slot, the Qatari racer could avoid the challenge of leading the path had he secured the 10th fastest time, as the top 10 select their starting positions.

He expressed contentment with the start. “I’m delighted with the performance and handling. Despite losing time at one junction, we finished strong,” Al-Attiyah stated.

Marcos Baumgart and Cristian Baumgart completed the Prologue’s top five, both registering times matching Loeb’s, representing the X Rally Team in Prodrive Hunters.

Stephane Peterhansel, affectionately known as ‘Mr. Dakar’, marked the seventh quickest time in his RS Q e-tron, lagging 45 seconds behind teammate Ekstrom.

Sainz Admits Faults, Faces Tough Climb in Dakar 2024

Carlos Sainz, in another Team Audi Sport vehicle, faced challenges, finishing 48th. The three-time Dakar champion admitted to “several mistakes” and now faces the task of navigating through the pack in Stage 1.

The inaugural stage sets the racers on a 541km journey from AlUla to Al Henakiyah, featuring a significant 414km special segment.

PosNumNatDriverTeamTimeGap
1207SWEMATTIAS EKSTRÖMTEAM AUDI SPORT00H 16′ 30”
2216USASETH QUINTEROTOYOTA GAZOO RACING00H 16′ 53”+ 00H 00′ 23”
3203FRASEBASTIEN LOEBBAHRAIN RAID XTREME00H 17′ 08”+ 00H 00′ 38”
4242BRAMARCOS BAUMGARTX RALLY00H 17′ 08”+ 00H 00′ 38”
5245BRACRISTIAN BAUMGARTX RALLY00H 17′ 14”+ 00H 00′ 44”
6217POLKRZYSZTOF HOLOWCZYCX-RAID MINI JCW TEAM00H 17′ 14”+ 00H 00′ 44”
7202FRASTÉPHANE PETERHANSELTEAM AUDI SPORT00H 17′ 15”+ 00H 00′ 45”
8229FRALIONEL BAUDOVERDRIVE RACING00H 17′ 17”+ 00H 00′ 47”
9208CZEMARTIN PROKOPORLEN JIPOCAR TEAM00H 17′ 19”+ 00H 00′ 49”
10219RSABRIAN BARAGWANATHCENTURY RACING FACTORY TEAM00H 17′ 25”+ 00H 00′ 55”

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