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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

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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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