QUADS News from stage 8 as it happens

QUADS News from stage 8 as it happens

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

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




 

 

15:50 - quad
277 - Third time's the charm for Van Biljon

After finishing twice on the stage podium in as many days, Sarel Van Biljon won the eighth special today. He was 1'49" faster than Marcos Patronelli and 2'36" quicker than Sebastián Palma. Sebastian Husseini came in fourth, 4'32" down, with Lucas Bonetto fifth at 9'44". Next came Lukasz Laskawiec at 9'47" and Ignacio Casale at 11'14".

 

14:28 quad
Km 86: Things are getting tight at the top


The tables have turned again in the quad race, as Sebastián Palma roars back into the lead with Sarel Van Biljon 7" down and Marcos Patronelli 29" back.

Sebastien Husseini (+1'21") is still fourth, ahead of Ignacio Casale (+3'01"), Flores Seminario (+3'02"), Lucas Bonetto (+3'17"), Lukas Laskawiec and Rafal Sonik (both +4'15").




13:59 - quad
250 - Km 56: Patronelli's back


Marcos Patronelli is back in the lead with a 1" margin over Sarel Van Biljon and 18" over Sebastián Palma. Sebastián Husseini is back in fourth, 1'31" down, with Ignacio Seminario López a further 4" back.


13:25 - quad
263 - Palma quickest



Chile's Sebastián Palma has seized the lead ahead of South Africa's Van Biljon (7"+), third-placed Ignacio Casale (+26"), Flores Seminario (+50"), Patronelli (+54") and Husseini (+1'11").

 

07:49 - quad
The quads are on their way

Kurt Caselli and his motorcycle aren't the only first-time openers in today's stage. Sebastián Palma is leading the charge in the quad category and has just entered the 300 km link section which will take him to the start of the special.


Remember that changes have been made to the course due to bad weather, which means that the first timed sector of the day has been cancelled and merged with the link section.



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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