DAKAR 2015 DAY 2: Nasser takes control
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah bounced back from a two minute penalty incurred yesterday for speeding, to win stage two of this year’s Dakar with South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers finishing the mammoth 581 km from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan, Argentina in second place, 8 min 30 sec behind the Mini driver.
In the overall standings, Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Mathieu Baumel leads the duo of de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewits in their Toyota Hilux by 7 min 42 sec with the Dutch / Belgain team of Bernhard ten Brinke and Tom Colsoul in another Hilux laying in an impressive third place albeit 10 min 04 sec behind the leader.
Problems early on saw stage one winner, Orlando Terrenova, dropping back to tenth place overall, 22 minutes behind teammate Al-Attiyah and only some seven minutes ahead of the second South African entered Toyota Hilux of Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie, who finished the stage in the same position.
Following a disastrous opening stage which saw him loose over six hours with mechanical problems, reigning champion Nani Roma produced a drive second to none by finishing the stage in 22nd place, lifting his Mini from last to 57th overall, some eight hours behind his teammate.
After a quite start to event, the returning Peugeot squad experienced yet another day of mixed fortunes with former double World Rally Champion and 2010 winner Carlos Sainz finishing the stage in eight place and laying seventh overall, 20 min 32 sec behind leader Al-Attiyah.
Teammate and former five times motorcycle champion, Cyril Despres in his first event on four wheels, completed the stage in 25th position while 11 times winner Stephane Peterhansel lost over an hour with transmission troubles, dropping him from 10th to 22nd overall, 1h 7 min 41 sec behind the leader.
In the motorcycle section, Spanish Honda rider, Joan Barreda, inherited the lead after stage one winner, Sam Sunderland lost over two hours with navigation difficulties, relegating him to 67th place.
Despite incurring navigation errors of his own, Barreda leads Portuguese teammate Paulo Goncalves by 4 min 37 sec in the overall standings with the KTM’s of fellow Portuguese rider Ruben Faria and Spaniard Jordi Viladoms 10 min 37 sec and 11 min 24 sec behind respectively. After finishing stage one in third position overall, defending champion Marc Coma fell down to sixth due to a burst rear tyre, leaving him 12 min 03 sec behind Barreda.
Riaan van Niekerk leads the South African bike contingent in 15th place overall with Albert Hintenaus laying 68th and Wessel Bosman yet to complete the stage at the time of writing.
Tomorrow’s route will take place over 220 km from the bivouac in San Juan to Chilecito.
STAGE 2 - OVERALL STANDINGS (CARS)
|1.||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Mathieu Baumel||QAT / FRA||MINI||05:04:50|
|2.||Giniel de Villiers||Dirk von Zitzewits||RSA / GER||Toyota||+00:08:30|
|3.||Bernhard ten Brinke||Tom Colsoul||NLD / BEL||Toyota||+00:10:04|
|4.||Krzysztof Holowczyc||Xavier Panseri||POL / FRA||Mini||+00:11:12|
|5.||Vladimir Vasilyev||Konstantin Zhiltsov||RUS / RUS||Mini||+00:16:09|
|6.||Yazeed Alrajhi||Timo Gottschalk||SAU / GER||Toyota||+00:17:57|
|7.||Carlos Sainz||Lucas Cruz||ESP / ESP||Peugeot||+00:19:38|
|8.||Erik van Loon||Wouter Rosegaar||NLD / NLD||Mini||+00:19:44|
|9.||Carlos Sousa||Paulo Fiuza||POR / POR||Mitsubishi||+00:21:00|
|10.||Orlando Terrenova||Ronnie Graue||ARG / ARG||Mini||+00:24:01|
STAGE 2 - OVERALL STANDINGS (BIKES)
CAPTION: NEW LEADER.. Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (right) with French co-driver Mathieu Baumel (left) at the opening celebrations of this year's Dakar in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on January 4th. IMAGE sourced from www.qna.org.qa
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