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Dakar Rally Stage 3 - San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa

Dunes claim Sainz's suspension, title hopes
Wednesday, January 9, 2019


The third stage of the Dakar Rally from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa, Peru, kicked off with a 467km liaison and a 331km special. Today's stage proved ruthless as navigational errors and foggy conditions plagued the race. Defending champion Carlos Sainz of X-Raid Mini JCW Team suffered a blow as a navigational error led the team into a dune hole that resulted in significant suspension damage only 38km into the stage. The Spaniard's hopes were diminished in reclaiming the title, after losing almost 5 hours in repairs to the left suspension.

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