DAKAR 2015 DAY 11: Twist in overall standings overshadows Nasser’s march to event glory
In the latest dramatic shift to hit this year event, stage eight winner, Yazeed Alrajhi, was forced to withdraw his Toyota Hilux before today’s short 194 km stage from Salta to Termas Rio Hondo even began.
Laying third in the overall standings behind the similar car of South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and the Mini of rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, the Saudi Arabian and his German co-driver Timo Gottschalk, retired few kilometres before the start of the stage after their Hilux began suffering from electrical problems.
His retirement now leaves de Villiers virtually unchallenged in second place behind Al-Attiyah, who took another step to clinching his second Dakar title after winning today’s stage by a meagre 27 sec from teammate Orlando Terranova, with the South African finishing 39 sec behind in third and only one second ahead of Lithuanian driver, Benediktas Vanagas, who makes his first appearance amongst the top teams in his Team Overdrive Toyota Hilux.
Overall Al-Attiyah’s stage win sees him leading de Villiers by a smidge over 29 min with Poland’s Krzysztof Holowczyc inheriting third place after Alrajhi unexpected exit. The new look top five sees the Mini of Dutchman Erik van Loon moving up to fourth ahead of Frenchman Christian Lavieille in another Overdrive Hilux.
Following a myriad of problems which lost him over four hours and a potential maiden Dakar win, Spaniard Joan Barreda continued his march back up the field after taking victory in the motorcycle section, 17 sec ahead of Honda teammate Paulo Goncalves, but with no hope of regaining the time lost with three stages remaining.
In an impressive showing, KTM mounted Slovakian rider Ivan Jakes scored his first top three finish of the rally, edging out Portuguese rider Ruben Faria and Australian rookie Toby Price, both also on KTMs.
A bad stage has seen reigning champion and overall leader, Marc Coma, finishing down in sixth place, with his lead over Goncalves now trimmed to 5 min 12, but reports have confirmed that the Honda rider will receive a 15 min penalty for changing his engine. Despite this, Goncalves maintains his second place.
Behind him, Price’s performance has seen him push Pablo Quintanilla down to fourth with Slovakian Stefan Svitko remaining fifth.
Tomorrow will see the remaining 66 cars, 79 bikes, 43 trucks and 18 quads leave Chile and return to Argentina on a 296 km stage from the Termas Rio Hondo bivouac to Rosario.
STAGE 11 - OVERALL STANDINGS (CARS)
|1.||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Mathieu Baumel||QAT / FRA||Mini||37:12:47|
|2.||Giniel de Villiers||Dirk von Zitzewits||RSA / GER||Toyota||+00:29:01|
|3.||Krzysztof Holowczyc||Xavier Panseri||POL / FRA||Mini||+01:28:49|
|4.||Erik van Loon||Wouter Rosegaar||NLD / NLD||Mini||+02:54:09|
|5.||Christian Lavieille||Pascal Maimon||FRA / FRA||Toyota||+03:04:21|
|6.||Vladimir Vasilyev||Konstantin Zhiltsov||RUS / RUS||Mini||+03:13:26|
|7.||Bernhard ten Brinke||Tom Colsoul||NLD / BEL||Toyota||+03:41:40|
|8.||Carlos Sousa||Paulo Fiuza||POR / POR||Mitsubishi||+03:44:20|
|9.||Aidyan Rakhimbayev||Anton Nikolaev||KAZ / RUS||Mini||+04:03:09|
|10.||Ronan Chabot||Gilles Pillot||FRA / FRA||SMG||+04:26:29|
STAGE 11 - OVERALL STANDINGS (BIKES)
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