Monte Carlo News January 19, 2017

Monte Carlo has been on my mind a lot in the last few days.  I am getting ready to go over to Europe to take part in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  There is a lot to think about as, from my perspective I have to get our car set-up for precise navigation in about 6 hours once I get there.  Up to now I have only seen pictures of the car and there is no going back if I forget something.  I have to be right the first time.

The first day of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique is modeled after the old continental rallies of the 1950s and 1960s.  A summary itinerary of the first day from the various starting cities is shown below.  We will be staring from  Bad Homburg, where the times are shown on the far right-hand side of the chart.

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Summary Of The First Part of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

As can be seen from the chart, on our first day, the first car in the group of cars that is starting from Bad Homburg will get away at 14:20 on Friday.  That first car is due in the Monte Carlo Parc Ferme on Saturday at 19:31.  That’s right, our first day will involve over 29 hours on the road!  We will be running near the last of the starters from Bad Homburg, so our times will be that much later.  Considering our probable wake up time on Friday morning to the end of the welcoming meal in Monte Carlo on Saturday night, that first day will likely be 36 to 38 hours long!  At each time control, the out-time is equal to the in-time, so time for any rest period, vehicle servicing, food, fuel breaks, and bio-breaks needs to be won from the time schedule.  It’s a long day.  Then the real competitive portion of the rally begins.

I was sent some pictures from the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique stages today and it certainly looks like there is snow on the roads at this time.  But who knows what the roads will be like at the time of the rally.  These photos of the roads are shown below.

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Lots Of Snow On The Road

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There Might Even Be More Snow At The Col!

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The Snowbanks Have Started To Bury The Sign

In other news from Monte Carlo, the World Rally Championship Monte Carlo Rally has just started.  I was advised this week by Evan Gamblin that there is a Canadian entry into this WRC rally. Ian Crerar and Patrick Levesque are running a Peugeot 208 in this year’s Monte Carlo Rally.  Very few Canadians have competed in WRC events over the years.   I wish them great success, but surely just taking part in the rally is its own reward.  Best wishes guys!

If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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Satch Carlson Remembering Gary Webb

At the recent 2016 United States Road Rally Championship Rally one of the top competitors and finishers, Gary Webb, passed away while traveling back to his home in Arizona.  Gary had a long and impressive history in rallying in the United States.

My friend and runner-up in the aforementioned 2016 United States Road Rally Championship Rally, Frank Beyer of Plainville, New York, sent me a copy of an article written by Satch Carlson in the January 2017 issue of “Roundel”, the magazine of the BMW Car Club of America that discussed Gary Webb.  This article is presented below.

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I posted a little about Gary Webb’s passing in my post on November 10, 2016, but rally people like Satch Carlson and Peter Schneider knew Gary very well.

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My Website Was Quite Successful In 2016

As we enter 2017 I was looking back at interest in my website during 2016.  I am pleased to say that interest in my website continues to grow.  During 2016 people from 183 countries took a look at my website.  All the way the United States to Djibouti.   Even somebody from Greenland visited my website, where I’m not sure they have many roads.  And so far in 2017 people from 103 counties have visited my website, so interest continues.

The map below shows in yellow the home locations of my website visitors during 2016.

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Map Of Website Viewer Locations

The top six countries of viewer locations were as follows:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Australia

Despite my website being based in the United States, more than half of the viewers are from outside of the country.  I appreciate all of the interest in my website and I will keep trying to make it interesting.  I would welcome any suggestions for improvements or suggested topics sent to my private email address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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Remembering Rick MacLeod

I often think about Rick MacLeod.  Rick died approximately three years ago as a result of brain cancer.  I had the pleasure of knowing Rick and being his navigator many times at the week-long Targa Newfoundland.  As a result I have many memories of the times that I spent with Rick and the stories we told.  Many of those stories will forever go unrepeated, as they were private discussions that will remain private.  However there is one story that recently crossed my mind and the statute of limitations makes this a tellable story.

I barely knew Rick when he contacted me back in 2004 to see if I would be his navigator in the Nevada Open Road Challenge.  This is a high-speed rally that takes place on a closed highway in Nevada, north of Las Vegas, that consists of single 90 mile long stage.  So I looked at the rules and saw that the fastest class that we could compete in was the 130 miles per hour class.  The rules in this class were that we had to average 130 miles per hour for 90 miles and while on the stage we could not go faster than 165 miles per hour or slower than 100 miles per hour.

I sent Rick back an email and said that if he wanted to compete in that class, then he would need a car that would go at least 155 miles per hour.  Rick then sent me an email, saying nothing, but it had the image of his GPS unit shown below attached to it.

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Note The Maximum Speed Recorded During Rick’s Trip!

As Rick lived in Canada, he was living in the metric world.  The maximum speed that he had his car going of 297.3 kilometers per hour translates into about 181 miles per hour!  I had seen his Mustang, so I was not particularly surprised at the car’s top speed, but I very interested in where he was able to achieve that speed.  He told me that on one of his many trips to Florida, he had been playing “can you top this” with some fellow in Camaro on an interstate highway in Kentucky.  This was the result of that contest.

We did compete in the Nevada Open Road Challenge.  It was quite an event. After 90 miles we crossed the finish line 0.28 seconds off the perfect time, based on an average speed of 130 miles per hour.  During the run, we did have the car up to 170 miles per hour, but as we were limited by the rules to 165 miles per hour, I had my own GPS unit in front of me to monitor the speed, therefore I had to advise Rick more than once to slow down.

We thought that we had done quite well (which we did), but at the awards dinner that night we were surprised and disappointed that we finished third in our class.  We thought that we might have won our class.  However two other cars were closer to the perfect time than our score of 0.28 seconds!

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Rick’s Mustang At The Nevada Open Road Challenge

It was during that event that Rick and I got to know one another and we competed together many times after that.  Always in a Mustang with somewhere around 700 horsepower under the hood.  It was quite a ride!

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Rick MacLeod (right) And I After The Nevada Open Road Challenge

I have many pictures on my wall, medals, trophies, and Targa plates that Rick and I collected at Targa Newfoundland.  He was quite a guy.  Anybody who ever met him will always remember him.  I know that I will.

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2017 Dakar: Day 12 Results And Final Standings

Today was the final day of the 2017 Dakar.  The total route today was 786 kilometers long from Rio Cuarto to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Of this total, only 64 kilometers made up the competitive distance.  The Day 12 route is shown below.  The green portions of the route are transit sections, while the red route is the competitive distance.  The map below reads from left to right.

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Day 12 Route

The profile of today’s competitive route is shown below.  It does not appear to be a particularly daunting route.

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Day 12 Profile

In a stage that only took 28 to 30 minutes to run it was very difficult for Loeb to make up the 5 minutes differential to move up into the lead position.  And he did not.  Loeb won today’s final stage, but only by 19 seconds.  That was not enough to change the outcome.  As a result, Stefan Peterhansel, “Monsieur Dakar”, won his 13th Dakar.  Quite a record!

The results of Day 12 stage in the car class are shown below.

2017 Dakar Day 12 Car Class Results

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 00:28:55
2 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 00:29:14 00:00:19
3 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 00:29:25 00:00:30
4 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 00:29:48 00:00:53
5 RAUTENBACH (ZWE)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 00:29:55 00:01:00
6 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

TOYOTA 00:29:57 00:01:02
7 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 00:30:05 00:01:10
8 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 00:30:16 00:01:21
9 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 00:30:28 00:01:33
10 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 00:30:33 00:01:38

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“Monsieur Dakar” Wins Again!

After winning his 13th Dakar (6 on a motorcycle and 7 in a car) Stefan Peterhansel had the following to say:

It was still up in the air before the start of the race. The internal competition was fierce and there were, in all, seven or eight drivers with a shot at victory. Halfway through the race there were only four left, and by the final week it was just Sébastien and me. It was a high-stakes duel, we went fast. I’d like to thank Peugeot for providing us with awesome cars and, especially, for not issuing team orders, which is a great show of fair play because it puts us all on an even footing. We were fighting against a super-fast champion who knows how to race from the lead and isn’t easily impressed. Yesterday, it was decided by a flat tire, and that was probably the turning point in this Dakar. My strategy was to push Sébastien to his limits. This made him more likely to make mistakes, which he eventually did, so it’s not a matter of luck.”

The top 10 final car class standings in the 2017 Dakar rally are presented below.

Dakar 2017 Final Car Class Standings

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 28:49:30
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 28:54:43 00:05:13
3 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 29:22:58 00:33:28
4 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 30:06:13 01:16:43
5 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 30:39:18 01:49:48
6 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 30:42:01 01:52:31
7 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

COLSOUL (BEL)

MINI 33:04:17 04:14:47
8 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 33:13:31 04:24:01
9 RAUTENBACH (ZWE)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 33:29:43 04:40:13
10 ABU-ISSA (QAT)

PANSERI (FRA)

MINI 33:43:00 04:53:30

Stefan Peterhansel’s main competition and Peugeot teammate was Sebastien Loeb.  After the completion of the 2017 Dakar Loeb had the following to say:

It was better this time round, and we managed to stay on the track. We made a few navigation mistakes, but at the end of the day we did quite well in a Dakar as difficult as this one. A small mechanical cost us some time at the start, and then we had to bust a gut to make up the lost time. We finished second… Not too far. Sure, we were faster and, when we went on the attack, we opened up large gaps. We have what it takes to win the race. I don’t think I’m going to race in as many editions of the Dakar as Peterhansel, but my aim is to win it someday: we’ll have to keep on trying. Right now, we’ve got three Peugeot cars on the podium, so we’ll enjoy the moment and see what happens next.

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Daniel Elena Takes A Selfie While Loeb Gives An Interview

I will see Daniel Elena, Loeb’s navigator in a couple of weeks during the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique where he will be competing as a driver.  He is very competitive in this event and he and his navigator won an honor last year as the top finishing Monaco based team.

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2017 Dakar: Day 11 Results and Standings

Today was the last real day of serious competition at the 2017 Dakar rally.  The Day 12 stage is just a little too short to make up significant time unless someone has a mechanical breakdown.  Today’s total route was 759 kilometers long with 292 kilometers of timed stages.  The Day 11 route is shown below with the cars progressing from left to right on the map.  The route began in San Juan and ended in Rio Cuarto, Argentina.  The green portion of the route are transits and the solid red portion of the route is the timed competitive stage.  The red dashed line is a significant neutralized section.

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Day 11 Route

The first part of the Day 11 route appears to be in a rolling portion of the country.  The profile also shows the route moving from left to right.  It is interesting that the neutralized section took the competitors up to the top of a local high point, then they raced down to the finish.

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Day 11 Profile

Today two Peugeot drivers, Peterhansel and Loeb, battled it out on the stage.  Loeb gained some time early but had a puncture.  Loeb had been pushing early, but realized that the overall gap between him and Peterhansel was just too large, so he let up to avoid damaging the car.  The third Peugeot driver, Despres, apparently was driving within himself knowing that he could not catch either Peterhansel and Loeb, and knowing that it would be difficult for him to fall back into fourth overall unless he were to get lost, crash, or have a mechanical breakdown.

Terranova and DeVilliers are in the midst of a vigorous battle for 5th and 6th Overall and it showed on the stage today.  Hirvonen got going again today and finished 11th.

The results of the Day 11 stage in the Car Class are presented below.

2017 Dakar Rally Day 11 Results

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 03:21:15
2 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:21:33 00:00:18
3 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 03:27:52 00:06:37
4 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:28:16 00:07:01
5 AL RAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

MINI 03:28:40 00:07:25
6 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:28:47 00:07:32
7 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

TOYOTA 03:35:03 00:13:48
8 RAUTENBACH (ZWE)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 03:35:47 00:14:32
9 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 03:36:19 00:15:04
10 PROKOP (CZE)

MINOR (AUT)

FORD 03:38:31 00:17:16
11 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 03:39:46 00:18:31

The overall results for the first positions are pretty much baked into the final results as the Peugeots will try to maintain their full podium status.  Terranova and DeVilliers might be pushing a little tomorrow as they battle for 5th and 6th.

The overall Car Class standings after Day 11 are presented below.

Dakar 2017 Overall Car Class Standings After Day 11

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 28:20:16
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 28:25:48 00:05:32
3 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 28:53:10 00:32:54
4 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 29:35:57 01:15:41
5 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 30:09:53 01:49:37
6 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 30:11:56 01:51:40
7 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

COLSOUL (BEL)

MINI 32:33:14 04:12:58
8 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 32:42:58 04:22:42
9 RAUTENBACH (ZWE)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 32:59:48 04:39:32
10 ABU-ISSA (QAT)

PANSERI (FRA)

MINI 33:11:06 04:50:50

I think that many of the competitors will be looking forward to finishing the 2017 Dakar.  This has been a difficult Dakar for both the drivers and navigators.

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Peterhansel Is Poised To Win The 2017 Dakar Car Class

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2017 Dakar: Day 10 Results and Standings

After a cancelled Stage 9 yesterday the 2017 Dakar rally started in earnest again today.  Today’s route is 751 kilometers long with 449 kilometers of competitive stages.  The Day 10 route is shown below.  The route starts in Chilecito and ends in San Juan, Argentina.  The route travels from left to right on the map with the green portions making up the transits, the solid red  route is timed portion of the day, with the red dashed portion being a neutralized portion of the route. Note that the compass rose does not always have North at the top of these route maps.

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Day 10 Route

The profile of the Day 10 route between the DSS and the ASS is shown below.   The profile progresses from left to right.  There is a substantial amount of elevation change up to the first time control at the start of the neutralized section, while the second portion of the competitive route appears to be rolling.

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Day 10 Profile

The first part of the Day 10 route was filled with many navigational challenges.  There were lots of lost cars in the river beds.  Cyril Despres, through good navigation, managed to gain about 6 minutes on Loeb in the first part of the stage, but Loeb found his speed again on the second half and managed to finish second on the stage, about 2 and one half minutes ahead of Despres.  Stefan Peterhansel  stopped to help a motorcyclist with a broken leg, but was given back his lost time and wound up finishing Stage 10 seven and one-half minutes ahead of Loeb.

Hirvonen in his Mini had difficulties on this stage and finished almost five hours behind the leader, Peterhansel.

2017 Dakar: Results Car Class Day 10

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 04:47:00
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 04:54:28 00:07:28
3 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 04:57:01 00:10:01
4 AL RAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

MINI 05:06:03 00:19:03
5 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 05:07:12 00:20:12
6 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 05:09:48 00:22:48
7 RAUTENBACH (ZWE)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 05:21:23 00:34:23
8 FUCHS (PER)

MUSSANO (ARG)

HRX 05:21:23 00:34:23
9 PROKOP (CZE)

MINOR (AUT)

FORD 05:25:55 00:38:55
10 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 05:25:57 00:38:57

Today’s great time by Peterhansel now moves him ahead of Loeb in the overall standings.  Despres remains in third place, completing Peugeot’s current filling of the podium.

It looks like the competition is between Peterhansel and Loeb.  It might remain an open competiton for the next stage or two, then I suspect that team orders will come into play.

The overall standings after Day 10 in the car class are presented below.

2017 Dakar Car Class Standings After Day 10

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 24:58:43
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 25:04:33 00:05:50
3 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 25:24:23 00:25:40
4 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 25:59:38 01:00:55
5 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 26:41:37 01:42:54
6 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 26:44:04 01:45:21
7 GARAFULIC (CHL)

PALMEIRO (PRT)

MINI 28:25:17 03:26:34
8 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

COLSOUL (BEL)

MINI 28:52:23 03:53:40
9 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 28:56:26 03:57:43

If you have any comments or questions about the Dakar rally or this post then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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