Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) and Australian Daniel Sanders (Gás Gás) are the first leaders in cars and motorcycles, respectively, after the prologue of the 44th edition of the Dakar rally.
In cars, Nasser Al-Attiyah covered the 19-kilometer race in 10.56 minutes, beating Spaniard Carlos Sainz, in an electric Audi, by just 12 seconds. South African Brian Baragwanath (Century Racing) was third, 36 seconds behind the winner.
On bikes, Daniel Sanders completed the link between Jeddah and Há’il with a one-minute advantage over second-placed Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda), while Botswana rider Ross Branch (Yamaha) was third, with a further 1.55 minutes .
The Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues Jr. (Hero) was the best among the Portuguese, finishing in 11th position, 3.05 minutes from the winner.