DAKAR 2015 DAY 9: Giniel’s chance of victory gone
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah cemented his grip on this year’s event by extending his overall lead over South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers by almost 26 minutes with four stages remaining
Following yesterday’s rest day, the Mini driver completed the day’s 450 km stage from Iquique to Calama in second place, 6 min 27 sec behind reigning champion and teammate Nani Roma. In another impressive showing, Russian Vladimir Vasilyev completed a Mini lockout of the top three places by finishing 15 min 52 sec behind Roma.
Having started the stage eight minutes ahead de Villiers, Al-Attiyah’s overall lead now sits at just under 24 after a major navigation error effectively ended the South African' s chances of a second title.
Alrajhi continues to remain third, 16 min behind the South African, and 38 min ahead of the fourth placed Mini of Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc with Dutchman Erik van Loon in another Mini, some two hours behind the Saudi Arabian’s Toyota in fifth.
In an event which saw the hyped about return of former winners Peugeot, the French squad’s miserable event with their brand new 2008 DKR continued after 11-times winner Stefan Peterhansel, ran into mechanical problems after 285 km, while teammate Cyril Despres completed the stage but now lays 25th overall, 14 hours behind the leading Mini. At the time of writing, Peterhansel was still to arrive at the stage finish.
After a dramatic marathon stage yesterday which saw overall Joan Barreda losing over four hours due to mechanical troubles and changing weather conditions, Spain’s Marc Coma now leads the motorcycle section, despite finishing only third on today’s stage behind the Hondas of Paulo Goncalves, and eventual winner, Helder Rodrigues.
Following Barrerda’s misfortune, which has seen him plummet from first to 17th, Coma leads Goncalves in the overall standings by a slender 5 min 28 sec with Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla continuing his impressive run in third ahead of Australian Toby Price and Slovakian Stefan Svitko.
Tomorrow will see the field once again splitting up with the cars and trucks covering 358 km from Calama-Salta with the route for the bikes and quads stretching over 371 km.
STAGE 9 - OVERALL STANDINGS (CARS)
|1.||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Mathieu Baumel||QAT / FRA||Mini||31:29:38|
|2.||Giniel de Villiers||Dirk von Zitzewits||RSA / GER||Toyota||+00:23:58|
|3.||Yazeed Alrajhi||Timo Gottschalk||SAU / GER||Toyota||+00:39:29|
|4.||Krzysztof Holowczyc||Xavier Panseri||POL / FRA||Mini||+01:17:41|
|5.||Erik van Loon||Wouter Rosegaar||NLD / NLD||Mini||+02:41:46|
|6.||Christian Lavieille||Pascal Maimon||FRA / FRA||Toyota||+02:51:39|
|7.||Vladimir Vasilyev||Konstantin Zhiltsov||RUS / RUS||Mini||+03:02:41|
|8.||Carlos Sousa||Paulo Fiuza||POR / POR||Mitsubishi||+03:33:35|
|9.||Bernhard ten Brinke||Tom Colsoul||NLD / BEL||Toyota||+03:34:07|
|10.||Aidyan Rakhimbayev||Anton Nikolaev||KAZ / RUS||Mini||+03:41:24|
STAGE 9 - OVERALL STANDINGS (BIKES)
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