Qatar’s al-Attiyah takes the lead after Dakar prologue

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Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah won the prologue to the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia on Saturday as last year’s overall runner-up made a strong start to his bid for a fourth victory in the endurance event. The Toyota Hilux driver was 12 seconds quicker than Spain’s three-times winner Carlos Sainz, driving the electric Audi RS Q e-tron, over the 19km timed sprint stage 1A before a 595km liaison between Jeddah and Ha’il. South African Brian Baragwanath was in third place in a Century Racing buggy. Audi — with reigning champion and 14-times winner Stephane Peterhansel joining Sainz and Sweden’s Mattias…

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