Yesterday, Saturday, January 7, 2023, the seventh stage of the Saudi Dakar Rally 2023 took place, hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the fourth year in a row, since yesterday’s stage was a “marathon”, from Riyadh to Dawadmi and distance of 333 km for the special stage, depending on the timing, based on the changes made by the organizers to the rally route; Saudi Yazid Al-Raji, driver of the Overdrive team, took first place in the car category with 3 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by Lithuanian Vidotas Zala, driver of the Tiltonica Racing team, in second place. with a difference of 9 minutes, behind them the Frenchman Guerlain Chicheri. The GCK Motorsport driver was third with a difference of one hour, 11 minutes and 24 seconds.
Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar, driver of Team Toyota Gazoo, remained at the top of the overall automotive category by one hour, one minute and 4 seconds from his teammate Henk Lategan in second place. , and the Brazilian Lucas Morais, the pilot of the Overdrive team, took third place with a difference of 1 hour and 11 minutes, 24 seconds behind the leader.
Mitchell Guthrie, driver of the Red Bull Offroad Junior team, was able to win first place in the light car category for the desert “T3″ in a time of 3 hours 39 minutes and 37 seconds, while Francesco Contardo of Chile, the driver of the Red Bull Can- Am”, took second place. With a difference of one minute and 45 seconds, third place with a difference of one minute and 58 seconds.
The Belgian Guillaume de Mevius, driver of the G Rally Team, retained his lead in the overall classification of the T3 category, 8 minutes and 29 seconds behind the American Austin Jones, the driver of the Red Bull Offroad Junio team, in second place, and his American teammate Seth continued, Quintero in third, 1 hour 2 minutes 55 seconds back.
In the T4 commercial desert light car category, Lithuanian Rukas Pasiushka managed to take first place with a time of 3 hours 45 minutes and 34 seconds, ahead of Brazilian Cristiano Batista of the Southern Racing team, who finished second, a minute behind and 3 seconds, while Saudi Yasser bin Saedan, the pilot of the Southern Races, took third place in less than 3 minutes.
Lithuanian Basiushka moved up to first place in the overall standings ahead of Pole Marek Gochal of the Energy Landia Rally Team, who finished second with a time difference of 5 minutes 42 seconds, and his son Erik Gochal came in third. , 6 minutes and 23 seconds behind the leader.
In the truck category, Dutchman Janus van Kasteren, driver of the De Rooy team, took first place in the truck category with a time of 3 hours 35 minutes and 10 seconds, followed by Czech Alisa Lobris, driver of the InstaForex Lubris team. The Braga team is in second place, 4 minutes behind. Martin van Denbrink, pilot of the Eurol Team de Rooy, finished third.
Czech Alisa Lubris was able to return to the top of the overall standings in this category, while Martin Van Denbrink fell to second place, 3 minutes behind them, and behind them Janus van Kastrien of Holland finished third, 22 minutes and 21 seconds.
It is worth noting that the organizers of the rally announced the cancellation of the special stage for the categories of motorcycles and ATVs due to weather conditions.
Today, Sunday, January 8, 2023, athletes will run the eighth “marathon” stage, which will run from Dawadmi to Riyadh, for a distance of 345 km, subject to the participation of all groups in this stage.