Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

By Sukesh

After a well-deserved break, the competitors had to tackle the seventh stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, La Paz - Uyuni. It was a 722km marathon stage with 425km of timed section. The landscape changed from dunes to river beds and harder ground.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

Hero Motorsports Team Rally rider CS Santosh continued his steady run in the seventh stage and finished the stage in 39th position. With the consistent pace, he also moved up the leaderboard and is in 46th position in the overall standings. Santosh's teammate Oriol Mena was 17th fastest in stage 7 and moved up the leaderboard to 20th position.

Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

Sherco TVS rider Juan Pedrero Garcia showed impressive pace in the seventh stage to register 21st fastest time. He is placed in 17th position in the general rankings. Hero rider Oriol Mena is just 11 minutes 19 seconds behind Garcia in the overall leaderboard.

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    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    In the bikes category, stage 7 victory went to Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort. Yamaha rider Adrien van Beveren was the second quickest rider and also took the rally lead. Honda's Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda Bort rounded off the top three riders in the overall leaderboard.

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    In the quads category, the seventh stage was won by French rider Axel Dutrie, his maiden stage win in Dakar. The overall rally lead is held by Ignacio Casale ahead of Alexis Hernandez and Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli.

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    In the cars category, veteran driver Carlos Sainz recorded his back-to-back stage victory in the 2018 Dakar Rally. He also took the rally lead after his teammate Stephane Peterhansel suffered problems and slipped to third in the overall standings. Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah is in the second position in the general classification.

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    In the trucks category, the stage 7 victory went to Dutch driver Ton Van Genugten in his Iveco truck. In the overall standings, Russian driver Eduard Nikolaev holds a commanding lead ahead of Argentina driver Federico Villagra.

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    2018 Dakar Stage 7 Results

    Motorcycles

    Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) Honda
    Adrien Van Beveren (FRA) Yamaha
    Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    Quads

    Axel Dutrie (FRA) Yamaha
    Marcelo Medeiros (BRA) Yamaha
    Ignacio Casale (CHL) Yamaha

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    Cars

    Carlos Sainz (ESP) Peugeot
    Giniel De Villiers (ZAF) Toyota
    Nasser Al-attiyah (QAT) Toyota

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    Trucks

    Ton Van Genugten (NLD) Iveco
    Federico Villagra (ARG) Iveco
    Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) Kamaz

    Dakar 2018: CS Santosh And Stage 7 Updates

    DriveSpark Thinks!

    Stage 7 was the longest test of the 2018 Dakar Rally so far. The challenges for the competitors will double up as it was a marathon stage with crews getting no assistance at the bivouac. The stage 8 will be even tougher with 498km of timed section and just 87km of transport section.

    Story first published: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:27 [IST]
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