The second stage of this year’s Dakar takes its competitors from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir over a 477 km route that consists of tricky sand surfaces. This is quite a contrast to the previous day’s rock-littered course. Significant gains in time were experienced by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah who closed the stage in the number one spot.

With this being his 37th stage win, Al-Attiyah now sits third (from yesterday’s 10th spot) in the general ranking after Mini X-Raid’s Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz displayed consistent performances. Peterhansel’s incredible performance resulted in him closing the previous stage’s 22 second gap between him and Sainz. This gap was extended by six minutes and 37 seconds.

Yazeed al Rajhi of Overdrive Toyota and Mathieu Serradori or SRT racing maintained a solid pace after ending the stage in fourth and fifth place respectively with just a three second gap between the both of them.

After a troublesome first stage, Sebastien Loeb was able to cover some lost time in his BRX after crossing the line in sixth place. He now sits seventh in the general rankings. Contrary to everyone else’s impressive performance was Giniel de Villiers who closed the stage in 38th place due to navigational challenges.

Stage three guides drivers remain in Wadi Ad-Dawasir as they complete a 403 km special.

Stage ranking

1. Al-Attiyah (Toyota)
2. Peterhansel (Mini): +02:35
3. Sainz (Mini): +09:17
4. Al Rajhi (Toyota): +10:24
5. Serradori (SRT): +10:27
6. Loeb (BRX): +16:53
7. Baragwanath (Century): +19:21
8. Przygonski (Toyota): +19:49
9. Vasilyev (Mini): +20:38
10. Ten Brinke (Toyota): +21:38

General ranking

1. Peterhansel (Mini)
2. Sainz (Mini): +06:37
3. Al-Attiyah (Toyota): +09:14
4. Serradori (SRT): +14:21
5. Przygonski (Mini): +26:27
6. Al Rajhi (Toyota): +27:32
7. Loeb (BRX): +36:40
8. Baragwanath (Century): +39:51
9. Ten Brinke (Toyota): +41:49
10. Roma (Mini): +41:55