As for the car category, the race is far from being won: both leaders of the Volkswagen team are still fiercely battling for final victory. If race orders have often been given to freeze - sometimes too early - the positions of contenders in the general standings, no one will now suspect Kriss Nissen of having done so and influencing the rivalry between Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al Attiyah. Obviously, the Qatari had a free hand this morning to go tickle the back of the leader in the general standings. And it is exactly what he did as soon as they crossed the first sandy section of the stage where he was 1'22" faster than Sainz. In the dust of the "Matador", Nasser kept on pushing to make the leader doubt and win second after second. In the end, his mission was half accomplished: Al Attiyah, who arrived second of the day's stage wins 2'32'' over Sainz. Before the last stage, the gap between the two Race Touareg drivers is minute: a short 2'48''. The margin of Sainz has never been this small since he took command of the standings on stage 5.