The organizers of the Dakar Rally 2016 have confirmed the death of a spectator on the Stage 7 of the 2016 edition. Lionel Baud, a French driver competing in his Mitsubishi Lancer, was involved in the accident. This is the first fatal accident (and last hopefully) at this edition. Last tragedy involving a spectator’s death was in 2013.
There was no driving at the Dakar rally 2016 yesterday. It was time to rest. But today the rally continues in all its glory. As we’ve heard, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and many other drivers are frustrated with the first part of the Dakar 2016. According to them, this is more of a WRC style event than a rally raid. But their “problems” end today. From now on, racing will include dunes and very hard terrain as it should be at the Dakar.
Even if it seems that Nasser Al-Attiyah has no chance of winning the Dakar, there is a slight possibility. He has a lot of experience on the dunes, more than Loeb for sure. But will he manage to compensate it for obvious mechanical dominance of the French brand?
Anyway, everyone agrees with the fact that Peugeot dominates this edition od the Dakar. Let’s see what happens to the end. Here are the overall results after Stage 7. Stage 8 is to be held today.
- 314 Sebastien Loeb / Daniel Elena – Peugeot
- 302 Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret – Peugeot
- 303 Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz – Peugeot
- 300 Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel – Mini
- 315 Mikko Hirvonen / Michel Perin – Mini
- 301 Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz – Toyota
- 319 Leeroy Poulter / Robert Howie – Toyota
- 305 Yazzed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschald – Toyota
- 307 Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov – Toyota
- 317 Emiliano Spataro / Benjamin Lozada – Renault