The second day of the Dakar Rally saw the competitors leave the Sea Camp and head to the inner reaches of Saudi Arabia. The course included mountain ranges at altitudes of 1,300 meters or 4,200 feet.
The wins continue for the Americans. Mitch Guthrie Jr and co-driver Kellon Walch claimed a win for the Red Bull Junior Team in the T3 class. The win came on Walch’s birthday. “Kellon did great today with navigation and the car was awesome,” said Guthrie Jr.
In the car class, Nasser Al-Attiyah took the victory with Toyota Gazoo Racing. Al-Attiyah stayed cautious on course and drove smart. Several of the experienced drivers such as Sebastien Loeb and Stephane Peterhansel experienced problems on the route. Carlos Sainz still tops the overall ranking.
In the bike class, 21-year old Mason Klein, a little-known American from California who raced the Dakar in 2022 as a rookie claimed a big win in Stage 2. This is Klein’s first ever Dakar stage win. Stage 3 takes the competitors from Alula to Ha’il on Tuesday.