Rallying: Good day for Poles in Dakar Rally

The driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar received a penalty, which elevated Polish driver Jakub Przygoński into the second position of Tuesday’s stage of the Dakar Rally. Meanwhile, Poland’s Rafał Sonik still occupies second place in the events quad rally section.

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The Dakar rally jury decided that Al-Attiyah had violated the regulations while he was being overtaken by Spaniard Carlos Sainz, the overall leader.

The driver from Qatar was given a three-minute penalty and subsequently dropped to the fifth position. Al-Attiyah’s setback was Polish driver, Przygoński’s good fortune as he rose to second place.

Przygoński is 54th in the overall classification, after trouble with his car on the first stage of the rally. Nevertheless, he slowly moving up the table. Prior to the event, he was considered as one of the favourites in the car driving category.

Sonik just behind the leader

Rafał Sonik, a quad driver, is in the runners-up position overall. On Tuesday, he finished the stage in fourth. “I am very happy that I managed to reach the finish line in fourth, retaining second position in the general classification,” he wrote on social media, emphasising that it was a very difficult stage.

Other Poles rallying on quads are also doing well. Kamil Wiśniewski is seventh overall, Paweł Otwinowski - 15th and Arkadiusz Lindner is in 17th place.

Aron Domżała and Maciej Marton were fourth in the stage for UTV Vehicles, but are low in the overall ranking due to problems on the second stage. Adam Tomiczek finished 17th and Maciej Giemza 18th in the motorbike category. They are placed 24th and 25th overall, while the third Polish driver, Krzysztof Jarmuż is the 53rd.