Spain’s Cristina Gutierrez became the first female driver since 2005 to win a stage of the legendary Dakar Rally as she took victory in the lightweight vehicle category on stage one of the event in Saudi Arabia and speaking following the marathon 277 KM route Gutierrez said:

There were lots of very tricky things on the stage. We had one puncture, but I think everyone had at least one today. The work that my co-driver François (Cazalet) did on the navigation was incredible because it was so tough today,

Carlos Sainz took victory in the car category in his Mini while it was a disappointing opening day to the event for nine time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb who got lost for 15 minutes and suffered three punctures and got lost for a second time and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“We were lost after 15 kilometres for 15 minutes. Then we were in the dust of the cars that had past us. We had three punctures and we got lost a second time.”

In the motorcycle category, Toby Price took a stage win for the Red Bull KTM Racing Team and speaking following the action he said:

There’s still plenty of chopping and changing to come in the standings. I’ll be doing my best to stay calm and let things cruise along.”

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