After winning the 40th special of his career on the Dakar, the Qatari driver has moved to within 4’50’’ of Stéphane Peterhansel in the general standings.
“We tried to do our best from yesterday to today. The marathon day is not easy. I’m really quite happy: my car is in one piece after yesterday and today! In some places we really pushed a lot just to keep pace with the buggies. It’s not easy, but I’m quite happy to finish the marathon stage.
Today, stage 8 was a great stage for us. We put three minutes into Stéphane, so, yeah, I’m really quite happy. We’ll see: we still have five days and it won’t be easy, but we’ll be trying to do it day by day. Only four days left? Okay, no problem! It’s difficult to say about our chances because the buggies are more comfortable, with better traction and big wheels, so less punctures.
From the start until now, we have had eight flat tyres, so it’s not easy. My team-mate Giniel has had sixteen flat tyres, so it’s not easy. But I don’t want to make excuses. We have four days left and we’ll try to do our best”.
By: Official Dakar website