Heating Up: Oakley Rally Rippers Claim Two Dakar Rally Stages, Sainz Makes Glorious Return
The infamous Dakar Rally’s monstrous jaws are chomping for victims.
And Oakley’s team rippers have been more than ready to charge at the premiere raid event – taking the truly international stage in efforts to trample adversaries in the treacherous Peruvian desert race.
So far, they haven’t disappointed.
Raging back into action after missing last year’s race, Oakley’s past champ, Carlos Sainz, emphatically claimed the first stage around Pisco this past Saturday. The result tallied his 25th Dakar stage all-time.
The impressive opening effort was followed up by a second stage victory – awarded to the Spaniard following his protest of a malfunctioning GPS system against the contest organizers.
Not far behind in the third-place position in the first stage was none other than fellow O ripper Nasser Al-Attiya – the multi-talented Qatari racer who also happened to have scooped up a Bronze medal at the London Olympics this past Summer.
It wasn’t long until he found his own optimal groove, however.
Nasser, the 2011 event victor, snatched the third stage of the race – mashing his Qatar Toyo Buggy to shatter the needed 02:30:14 time for the 243 km timed section.
The veteran speed demon’s week thus far catapulted him into second in the overall standings – a mere 6.5 seconds behind Stephane Peterhansel.
Congratulations to Carlos and Nasser for the tremendous start on the World rally-raid stage!