CARS News from stage 8 as it happens

CARS News from stage 8 as it happens

12.01.2013: 2013 - Argentina/Chile 1st start (GMT-3) : 6:40 AM

Dakar 2013 - Argentina/Chile
1st start (GMT-3) : 6:40 AM

 

16:45
Red flag...


As a meteorological Armageddon falls upon the last thirty kilometres of today's special, the race direction has decided to stop the competition and neutralise competitors at CP2, 86 km into the stage (formerly 374 km, but the course was changed this morning).



16:37 - car
Chicherit comes out on top!

The Frenchman at the wheel of the SMG buggy should be the winner of today's special after successfully navigating through all the challenges of the course.

Robby Gordon lies second at 5'17", followed by Stéphane Peterhansel at 12'15". A great deal of drivers have been held up by bad weather and the flooding rivers near the course.



16:34 - car
Km 150: Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel running out of steam


The men at the wheel of the Qatar Red Bull and the Mini have lost some time at this checkpoint. Nasser Al-Attiyah is 7'42" down, with the Frenchman a further 5'13" back.



16:31 - car
309 - Chicherit in command after 150 km


With just over 30 km to go, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit is leading Orlando Terranova, Robby Gordon and Stéphane Peterhansel. No other cars have gone through this kilometre point yet.



16:34 - car
Km 150: Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel running out of steam


The men at the wheel of the Qatar Red Bull and the Mini have lost some time at this checkpoint. Nasser Al-Attiyah is 7'42" down, with the Frenchman a further 5'13" back.



16:31 - car
309 - Chicherit in command after 150 km


With just over 30 km to go, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit is leading Orlando Terranova, Robby Gordon and Stéphane Peterhansel. No other cars have gone through this kilometre point yet.



16:28 - car
Álvarez up and running again


The course is quite tricky in the area around km 123 of the redesigned route of today's stage. Guilherme Spinelli is also struggling near the swelling river, as it rains and pours on the course. Other competitors are also sending static signals in the area.



16:25 - car
306 - Álvarez comes to a halt


The man at the wheel of the no. 306 Toyota Hilux has stopped near a river, roughly 123 km into today's special.




15:52 - car
500 - Al-Attiyah back on the move


The Qatari's stop at km 118 cost him no more than two or three minutes.



15:46 - car
500 - Al-Attiyah at a standstill


Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah has come to a halt near km 118, exactly where the motorcycle riders went off-course en masse earlier today. But the Qatar Red Bull buggy is still on the course, which could mean Al-Attiyah's not sure which way he should go due to all the motorcycle tracks going towards the left.



15:43 - car
316 - Km 56: beyond the Top 5


An eventful race is going on behind Orlando Terranova. Ronan Chabot's SMG buggy is sixth, 2'08" down, followed by Nani Roma at 2'09" and Lucio Alvarez at 3'15". The Argentinean has overtaken teammate Giniel De Villiers.


Pascal Thomasse is eleventh at 4'03", just behind Leonid Novitskiy. Carlos Sousa's Great Wall is twelfth, ahead of Bernard Errandonea and Matthias Kahle.




15:20 - car
500 - Top 3 within 24 seconds after 86 km!


The fierce battle among the three leading drivers rages on. Nasser Al-Attiyah has 10" on Guerlain Chicherit and 24" on Robby Gordon. Fourth-placed Stéphane Peterhansel is 1'46" behind the leader, with Orlando Terranova a further 9" back.


Giniel de Villiers lies sixth at 3'26", Novitskiy seventh at 3'32" and Dutchman Erik Wevers eighth at 5'00".



14:52 - car
500 - Al-Attiyah leads after 56 km


The Buggy Qatar Red Bull driver was 10" faster than Guerlain Chicherit's SMG. The leading pair is followed by Orlando Terranova (+37"), Giniel de Villiers (+44") and Stéphane Peterhansel, who's neck-and-neck with Robby Gordon (both +46").


14:15 - car
The stopwatch starts ticking for the cars

Stéphane Peterhansel started today's special at 2:05 pm local time, followed by Guerlain Chicherit and Robby Gordon.


08:40 - car
Peterhansel leads the way


Fresh off yesterday's stage win, the car GC leader Stéphane Peterhansel was the first driver to hit the road on his way to the start of the timed section which makes up most of today's stage, with Guerlain Chicherit and Robby Gordon hot on his heels.



06:08
First part of the stage cancelled


A few changes have been made to today's stage due to the torrential rain falling on the area: the first part of the special has been cancelled, including the entire Truck stage, which was supposed to take place on this part of the course.

On the other hand, the second part of the special for cars, motorcycles and quads will go on as planned. The motorcycles and quads will set off at 12:00 pm local time, followed by the cars at 2:05 pm.




05:30
Salta-Tucuman: the very essence of Argentina

The road to Tucuman will be split into two timed sections (except for the trucks) with varying characteristics, as the bikers and quad riders finish their marathon stage...


The stage will be have three distinctive versions for the bike/quad, car and truck categories. Between tent rocks, canyons and cactuses, the competitors will reacquaint themselves with the red and green of Argentina's most beautiful natural theatre, for a distance of 150 km in a wild west atmosphere.


On the second timed portion, which will take place on a terrain not yet visited by the Dakar, the contrast will be evident on the tracks, which will be sandier and sometimes tricky. The weather conditions could also play a significant part, if the wind combines with the heat wave currently affecting the region.


Observers will be keenly watching the Al-Attiyah/Peterhansel duel and the racing situation is potentially explosive between the first bikes and trucks. Only Marcos Patronelli in his homeland can contemplate this day relatively calmly.




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