Fernando Alonso caressed the victory in a stage crossed by mourning at Dakar Rally.
The Spanish driver finished second on the stage, followed by Orly Terranova. The French Serradori came first and dedicated the victory to the memory of Paulo GonçalvesThe Spanish driver (Toyota) shone on Monday in the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally and finished second, in a day in which he won the French Mathieu Serradori (SRT) and in which his compatriot Carlos Sainz (Mini) is still a leader in cars despite having lost time. The Argentine Orlando Terranova, meanwhile, finished third and remains fifth in the general classification. The day after the death after a fall of the Portuguese motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves, with the stage in the motorcycle and quad-cycles category canceled out of respect for his memory, Serradori imposed himself in cars ahead of Alonso, for 4 minutes and 4 seconds. Orlando Terranova (Mini) was 6 minutes and 19 seconds.
“I would like to dedicate this victory, as a motorcycle pilot I am, to Paulo. It is not easy to draw strength after a day like yesterday,” said Serradori, after his first victory in the famous rally.
Alonso, double Formula 1 world champion, had finished four times in the top ten in the first seven stages. Second place on Monday is his best result. For a few minutes, the best time was his, but Serradori came stronger and snatched it away.
“It has been an incredible day. We have punctured and that has made us waste some time, but except for that mishap the day has been almost perfect. Marc (Coma, his co-pilot) has been incredible, we have navigated fantastically well in the dunes and also in the last part, where I have seen the people in front quite lost, “Alonso explained. The Frenchman was marking the fastest times since the middle of the stage. In the end he took 4 minutes to the Spanish. “Curiously, the dunes, despite being something unknown, I am very fond of, in fact it is what I like most, I do not know very well why. I have managed to print a good pace and I have enjoyed. I am delighted this second week”, the 38-year-old pilot added exultantly.
In general, the fight for the title continues with Sainz, leader despite losing 20 minutes with the stage winner, seeing his advantage reduced with Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stéphane Peterhansel, second and third respectively. The Spanish now has 6 minutes and 40 seconds of advantage with the Qatari (Toyota) and 13:09 with the French legend, his partner in Mini.
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