MINSK, 13 January (BelTA) - Aliaksei Vishneuski's crew of MAZ-SPORTauto Team placed eighth in Stage 8 of Dakar Rally 2021. The event is taking place in Saudi Arabia, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian crew covered 579km in 5:31.29, 25.35 behind the winner, Martin Macik of the Czech's Big Shock Racing Team (5:05.54).
Russia's Airat Mardeev of KAMAZ-Master Team came in second, 2.27 back. Third was his teammate Dmitry Sotnikov, 2.37 back.
Dmitry Sotnikov holds the lead in the general classification (37:42.49). Russia's Anton Shibalov is second, 45:03 back. Third is Russia's Airat Mardeev, 1:13.05 behind the leader.
The Belarusian crew piloted by Aliaksei Vishneuski is sixth, 2:14.54 behind the leader.
The Belarusian crew piloted by MAZ-SPORTauto leader Siarhei Viazovich was out of the Dakar 2021 competition after Stage 5 due to the problems with the gearbox.
The Dakar 2021 events are held every day for 14 days, with one day of rest (9 January). According to the organizers, the routes have been reconfigured by 80% compared to the last year's edition.