DAKAR 2015 DAY 10: Poulter outshines de Villiers
With his teammate, Giniel de Villiers, still lamenting a potential victory robbing navigational error from the previous stage, Leeroy Poulter, recorded his best stage finish of this year’s Dakar by bringing his Imperial Toyota Hilux home in fourth place, edging de Villiers out by 18 seconds.
An encounter with ditch a few stages back however has left the Johannesburg native and his co-driver Rob Howie down in 18th place overall, after having been as high as 11th at various points during the event’s first week.
Despite Poulter’s impressive late-event charge, the 358 km stage from Calama to Salta fell to overall rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, with teammate Orlando Terranova completing the Mini domination in second, 1 min 35 sec behind.
Saudi Arabian Yazeed Alrajhi once again proved to be the best of the non-Mini entrants by finishing third ahead of three more South African-built Hilux’s, which included Poulter, de Villiers and Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke.
His win has seen Al-Attiyah upping his lead over de Villiers to 28 min with Alrajhi continuing to hold station in third ahead of the Mini’s of Polish former World Rally driver Krzysztof Holowczyc, and Dutchman Erik van Loon.
After a disastrous stage eight which saw him loose the overall lead to engine problems and the changing Chilean weather, Spain’s Joan Barreda again showed what could have been by taking victory in the motorcycle section, 1 min 39 sec ahead of overall leader and defending champion, Marc Coma, with the KTM’s of Ruben Faria and Toby Price, and the Honda of Paulo Goncalves completing the top five.
With his closest rival Goncalves finishing two places behind him on the stage, Coma extends his overall lead to 7 min 35 sec ahead of the Portuguese rider with rookie Pablo Quintanilla holding on to third, over half-an-hour behind and only 24 seconds ahead fellow rookie, Australian Toby Price.
Today’s stage will once again be contested over two distances with the bikes and quads covering 357 km from the bivouac in Salta to Termas Rio Hondo, and the cars and trucks 194 km.
STAGE 10 - OVERALL STANDINGS (CARS)
|1.||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Mathieu Baumel||QAT / FRA||Mini||35:19:37|
|2.||Giniel de Villiers||Dirk von Zitzewits||RSA / GER||Toyota||+00:28:22|
|3.||Yazeed Alrajhi||Timo Gottschalk||SAU / GER||Toyota||+00:43:08|
|4.||Krzysztof Holowczyc||Xavier Panseri||POL / FRA||Mini||+01:23:42|
|5.||Erik van Loon||Wouter Rosegaar||NLD / NLD||Mini||+02:51:13|
|6.||Christian Lavieille||Pascal Maimon||FRA / FRA||Toyota||+03:01:41|
|7.||Vladimir Vasilyev||Konstantin Zhiltsov||RUS / RUS||Mini||+03:12:10|
|8.||Bernhard ten Brinke||Tom Colsoul||NLD / BEL||Toyota||+03:39:28|
|9.||Carlos Sousa||Paulo Fiuza||POR / POR||Mitsubishi||+03:41:53|
|10.||Aidyan Rakhimbayev||Anton Nikolaev||KAZ / RUS||Mini||+03:59:17|
STAGE 10 - OVERALL STANDINGS (BIKES)
CAPTION: South Africans Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in action during stage 10 of the 2015 Dakar. IMAGE sourced from www.imperialtoyota.co.za
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