2018 Dakar Stage 10 Results

Stage 10 of the 2018 Dakar is now in the books.  Yesterday’s Stage 9 was cancelled which helps those at the front, but limits opportunity for advancement for those who are chasing.  Stage 10 is made up of a long 424km liaison or transit stage (shown in green below) and a long 373km timed special stage that was 373km long (shown in red below).

Stage 10 Plan

One unusual aspect of Stage 10 is the checkpoint on the liaison.  I suppose it is to provide an opportunity to get fuel, but I would have assumed that competitors would find their own time in the liaison to fuel their cars.  Perhaps there is a town at that location and they are trying to conduct a temporary car show for the inhabitants at the control point.

Stage 10 Profile

This is time in the rally when competitors start to look at defending positions which can involve following a competitor, so that you only lose a defined amount of time to that competitor.  For example if you wait for a competitor who starts the stage 4 minutes behind and then follow him, no matter what speed he goes then you know that you will lose 4 minutes to him.  If you do not wait but go your separate ways, then you do not know how fast your competitor is pushing and you risk making a navigation mistake or accident by driving into unknown conditions as it is much easier to watch what happens to the car ahead of you and then follow the good track or avoid the bad track.  The defined loss strategy works when you have a comfortable lead.

If competitors wait for competitors behind them then consider this.  The first ten cars start at three minute intervals, cars in start positions 11 through 20 start at 2 minute intervals, and the remainder of the cars start at one minute intervals.

Today’s stage was won by Stephane Peterhansel who won by almost 9 minutes , but more importantly Peterhansel cut Carlos Sainz’ lead by 13 minutes with Sainz’ third place finish.

Nasser Al-Attiyah finished in 10th position 29 minutes back of Peterhansel and significantly slower than his competitors in the overall standings.

The top ten finishers in today’s Stage 10 are presented below:

2018 Stage 10 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 43′ 46”
2  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 52′ 32” + 00H 08′ 46”
3  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 56′ 53” + 00H 13′ 07”
4  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 05H 02′ 57” + 00H 19′ 11”
5  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 06′ 08” + 00H 22′ 22”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 05H 07′ 28” + 00H 23′ 42”
7  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 05H 08′ 16” + 00H 24′ 30”
8  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 05H 10′ 45” + 00H 26′ 59”
9  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 05H 11′ 27” + 00H 27′ 41”
10  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 13′ 02” + 00H 29′ 16”

 

With today’s stage victory, Stéphane Peterhansel has moved into 2nd place in the overall standings. He is now 50 minutes behind Sainz’ and it will be difficult to catch Sainz unless some misfortune falls upon Sainz.

Peterhansel said: “There was a lot of rios (rivers), a lot of off-track. When we took the tracks, they were completely destroyed. It was a really long day again and we tried to push. We did not make any mistakes, but we are a little bit tired this evening. Tomorrow will be a little bit like today and today it was a really important stage… not easy, and I think tomorrow in Fiambala it will be the same”.

Nasser Al Attiyah’s focus is no longer winning the 2018 Dakar.  He is in third place and he wants to maintain that last step on the podium.

Nasser Al-Attiyah After Stage 10

Nasser Al-Attiyah said: “The rear triangle broke all by itself. We couldn’t repair anything, so we decided to just continue for the last 70 km, but we were going so slowly. We are still in third overall. Okay, we lost a lot of time, but it is good that we are here. It just broke by itself, with only 60 or 70 km left. We tried to keep second overall, but now we are third overall and we will try to keep hold of it. It will be difficult to attack tomorrow. But we’ll see what we can do”.

The current overall standing in the car class are shown below:

2018 Overall Car Class Standings After Stage 10

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 32H 10′ 53” 00H 10′ 00”
2  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 33H 01′ 28” + 00H 50′ 35”
3  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 23′ 39” + 01H 12′ 46”
4  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 33′ 08” + 01H 22′ 15”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 33′ 41” + 01H 22′ 48”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 34H 40′ 04” + 02H 29′ 11”
7  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 35H 02′ 39” + 02H 51′ 46”
8  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 37H 44′ 07” + 05H 33′ 14”
9  SEBASTIAN HALPERN

EDU PULENTA

SOUTH RACING 39H 51′ 32” + 07H 40′ 39”
10  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 40H 47′ 11” + 08H 36′ 18”

Note that Nasser Al-Attiyah is in third overall, but he is only 10 minutes out of fifth.  Therefore he has reason to be concerned.  The two Toyota drivers, behind him in 4th and 5th position are only separated by about 30 seconds!  Very close in the Dakar and for the distance driven.

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Dan Gurney Race Cars

As I’m sure most people know by now Dan Gurney passed away on Sunday.  I have read lots about Dan Gurney during the last day, so I am not going to add to those articles because it’s been done already.  My only comment that I want to make is that in several places, I have read that Dan Gurney was the only driver that the great Jim Clark “feared”.  I doubt that Jim Clark “feared” any driver, but he might have more carefully watched what Gurney did on the track as compared to other drivers.  If there was any driver that Clark or anyone else on the grid in that era might have “feared”, then it might have been A. J. Foyt.  Foyt was big enough, tough enough, and mean enough that everyone would have or should have “feared” him.

I saw some of Dan Gurney’s race cars at the Lime Rock Historic Festival in 2016.  The car shown below is perhaps the most iconic of the Gurney’s race cars – the Gurney Eagle.

The Gurney Eagle

The Gurney Eagle is one of the best looking open wheel rear engine race cars built.  Not only was it a good looking car, the Gurney Eagle won in Formula 1 (Gurney driving) and in Indy car racing.  Gurney used a variety of engines to power the Eagle.

Only Brabham, McLaren, And Gurney Have Won A Formula 1 Race In A Car That They Built

Gurney raced everything and in 1967 Gurney raced a Mercury Cougar in the Trans-Am race series.  The Gurney Cougar is shown below.

1967 Mercury Cougar

In 1967 the Mercury Cougars were prepared by Bud Moore in Spartanburg, SC.  The two factory drivers were Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones.  These cars were powered by the 289 cubic inch V8 engine bored out to 302 cubic inches.

Mercury Cougars Were Not Considered Race As Cars By The Public

When I went to university I had a 1967 Mercury Cougar which was a good car and Gurney’s success with a Cougar car gave me some road credibility.

Note The Driver’s Name On The Roof

Mercury was in contention for the Trans-Am championship right to the last race in Kent, Washington.  All Gurney had to do was finish ahead of the lead Mustang, but alas Gurney finished behind Ronnie Bucknum’s Mustang and the Mercury Cougar team finished second in the 1967 Trans-Am championship.

Porsche’s Formula 1 Race Car

In 1962 Dan Gurney gave Porsche its only Formula 1 victory in a championship race at the French Grand Prix.  One week later Gurney also won in this car at the Solitude Grand Prix which was a non-championship race.  I took these pictures of the Porsche Formula 1 car at the Porsche Museum in 2011.

The Porsche Formula 1 Car Had An Air Cooled Flat Eight Engine

The 1962 Porsche Formula 1 car had a 1.5 liter air-cooled flat eight-cylinder engine that produced 180 horsepower at 9,200 rpm.  The Porsche was not the fastest car, but had good reliability and Dan Gurney driving.

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2018 Dakar Stage 8 Results

Stage 8 of the 2018 Dakar Rally was held today.  The stage had 87 km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and 498km of timed special stage distance (shown in red below).

Stage 8 Route

The profile for Stage 8 is shown below.  As can be seen, there is a lot of elevation change after Checkpoint 4.

Stage 8 Profile

Today Stéphane Peterhansel bounced back from yesterday’s nightmare with a narrow win after a nail-biting duel with his teammate Cyril Despres, 49 seconds back. In third place, Nasser Al-Attiyah finished today’s stage just about 2 minutes behind Peterhansel. Neither Peterhansel’s win nor Nasser Al-Attiyah taking his Toyota to third place managed to unsettle overall leader Carlos Sainz.  Sainz finished 7 minutes behind Peterhansel, but he still has a substantial overall lead.

Peterhansel Wins Stage 8 But Still Has A Long Way To Go

The day’s results are presented below.

2018 Day 8 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 05H 15′ 18”
2 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 05H 16′ 07” + 00H 00′ 49”
3 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 17′ 30” + 00H 02′ 12”
4 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 20′ 18” + 00H 05′ 00”
5 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 05H 22′ 22” + 00H 07′ 04”
6 307  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 05H 25′ 18” + 00H 10′ 00”
7 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 05H 31′ 56” + 00H 16′ 38”
8 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 05H 36′ 38” + 00H 21′ 20”
9 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 38′ 37” + 00H 23′ 19”
10 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 05H 43′ 13” + 00H 27′ 55”

 

In the Overall standings, Sainz has a 66 minute lead over Al-Attiyah and about 74 minutes over Peterhansel.  With 6 stages to go Sainz can easily afford to lose 7 minutes on every remaining stage and still have a comfortable win.  Sainz has experienced a devastating loss of the 1998 World Rally Championship by crashing about 400 metres from the end of the last stage in the last rally of the season.  I’m sure that he learned a tough lesson that day and I think that he will do everything that he can not squander this lead in the 2018 Dakar.

The Overall Car Class standings after Stage 8 are presented below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 27H 04′ 00”
2  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 28H 10′ 37” + 01H 06′ 37”
3  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 28H 17′ 42” + 01H 13′ 42”
4  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 28H 27′ 00” + 01H 23′ 00”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 28H 41′ 09” + 01H 37′ 09”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 29H 32′ 36” + 02H 28′ 36”
7  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 29H 47′ 30” + 02H 43′ 30” 00H 10′ 00”
8  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 29H 59′ 42” + 02H 55′ 42”
9  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 32H 03′ 41” + 04H 59′ 41”
10  NICOLAS FUCHS

FERNANDO ADRIAN MUSSANO

BORGWARD RALLY TEAM 33H 38′ 09” + 06H 34′ 09” 00H 01′ 00”

 

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2018 Stage 7: The Mighty Has Fallen

The Rest Day in La Paz is over and today the competitors started out on the second portion of the 2018 Dakar Rally.  I was beginning to think that this event was going to end one way, but it appears that it is going to end a different way.  Today’s Stage 7, shown below, included 302km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green) and 425km of timed special stage (shown in red).

Stage 7 Route

The profile of the timed portion of Stage 4 is shown below.  As can be seen the elevation is generally high, but except for the end there is not a great deal of elevation change.

Stage 7 Profile

The results of Stage 7 are shown below.  Carlos Sainz won the stage by 12 minutes over Giniel De Villiers in second place and 14 minutes over Nasser Al-Attiyah in third place.  The leader at the halfway point, Stephane Peterhansel, had some serious problems and finished in 20th position about 1 hour 48 minutes behind Sainz.

2018 Dakar Stage 7 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 49′ 26”
2 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 01′ 31” + 00H 12′ 05”
3 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 03′ 45” + 00H 14′ 19”
4 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 05H 10′ 22” + 00H 20′ 56”
5 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 05H 13′ 23” + 00H 23′ 57”
6 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 05H 18′ 15” + 00H 28′ 49”
7 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 20′ 59” + 00H 31′ 33”
8 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 05H 28′ 56” + 00H 39′ 30”
9 317  BORIS GARAFULIC

FILIPE PALMEIRO

X-RAID TEAM 05H 44′ 08” + 00H 54′ 42”
10 334  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 05H 46′ 47” + 00H 57′ 21”

I thought Peterhansel was going to be able to cruise to the end managing the gap between him and Sainz, but this year’s Dakar has been full of surprises.

Peterhansel Once He Got Underway Today

A rock hidden in a puddle cost Peterhansel over an hour and half and possibly his chances for a fourteenth Dakar victory.

Peterhansel said: “We were on a long straight with big puddles. A quad was stopped nearby, so I moved to the side and I heard a deafening crash. The entire rear was in bits and pieces: suspension, transmission shaft, shock absorbers… everything was smashed up. What we did was cannibalize Cyril’s car. We spent 1 h 50 min patching it up. But my smile stays on, this wasn’t a make-or-break moment for my career. It’s just a blow to our morale and some damage on the 300.”

Peterhansel Explains His Problems

The overall result is that Carlos Sainz now has a 1 hour 12 minute lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah in second place.  Peterhansel, despite the major loss of time is still in third place.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings After Stage 7

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 21H 41′ 38”
2 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 22H 53′ 07” + 01H 11′ 29”
3 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 23H 02′ 24” + 01H 20′ 46”
4 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 23H 02′ 32” + 01H 20′ 54”
5 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 23H 06′ 42” + 01H 25′ 04”
6 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 24H 00′ 40” + 02H 19′ 02”
7 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 24H 04′ 17” + 02H 22′ 39” 00H 10′ 00”
8 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 24H 23′ 04” + 02H 41′ 26”
9 334  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 26H 05′ 13” + 04H 23′ 35”
10 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 26H 55′ 54” + 05H 14′ 16”

I have given up trying to think what will happen next at this year’s Dakar as almost each day there have been major changes.

One thing that I have found very annoying is that NBCSN has been moving their Dakar daily highlights show around at different time slots almost every day.  It makes even watching the Dakar a challenge.

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Le Jog Rally Plotting Example Using Grid Line Style

After the Le Jog rally I got a couple of questions about the type of instructions that the HERO folks used during the rally.  There was a rally school for first timers at the Le Jog rally before the instructions were handed out that was helpful.  In this post I will present the Grid Line style.

The Ordinance Survey (OS) maps that are used for the Le Jog have a grid system which allows for the identification of specific locations using coordinates.  I have shown an image below from an OS Map which shows the grid system.  The grid system shows more clearly in the English Channel water than it does over the land.

Ordinance Survey Maps Grid System Example

The numbers across the bottom reading from left to right are the Easting coordinates.  As the numbers are increasing from left to right then the further east that the coordinate point is.  The numbers reading from bottom to top on the map are the Northing coordinates.  As the numbers increase as you read up the map, then the further north that the coordinate point must be.

Each one of those grid lines is 1 kilometer from the adjacent grid line.  As a result, each square is 1.0 kilometer by 1.0 kilometer.

With the Grid Line style, competitors are given a list of grid lines on the provided maps that must be crossed in the order given.  An example is shown below.

Grid Lines Style Example

In the above example, starting at TP1 Depart NNE, the grid lines must be crossed in the following order: 40, 11, 41, 12, 42, 43, 13, 44, 13, 13, 45, 46 Approach TP2 S.   The grid lines, while a little hard to see because they are light blue, allow navigators to plot this route.

Note that to plot the route I have used two lines on either side of the actual route.  This is done to ensure that no detail along the route get obscured when plotting the route.  In addition, the two lines make the route is easier find on the map when you look away to do some other function, then have to return to the map to see where you are and determine what you should do next.

With this style the organizers will likely select a route that will be very close to grid lines that may or may not be crossed.  Always look carefully! Having a magnifying glass in your navigator’s kit is always a good idea.

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2018 Dakar Day 6: Peterhansel Settles In

Day 6 of 2018 Dakar is in the books and it seems like today there was no major drama at the front of the car class field. Day 6 had 447km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and 313km of timed stage (shown in red below).  The route has taken the competitors from Peru into Bolivia.

Day 6 Route

The profile of the Day 6 route is shown below.  The direction of travel along the profile is from left to right.  While the timed stage is long, from an elevation change perspective it does not look particularly daunting.

Day 6 Profile

Today’s stage winner was Carlos Sainz who finished about 4 minutes ahead of his Peugeot teammate, Stephane Peterhansel.  I believe that Dakar favorite, Stephane Peterhansel  would call today’s stage quite successful.  Merely losing 4 minutes to Sainz while not having to take any risks by pushing would likely be considered by Peterhansel as an acceptable risk/reward scenario at this time of the Dakar rally.

After the stage Peterhansel said: “For sure, it was completely different. The tracks are easier. It’s easy navigation. The main problem is altitude for the driver and for the engine. We lost a lot of power and we lost concentration – you know, the brain also works in slow motion, so it was a little bit complicated. But today for me it was like a transition. We took no risks at all to finish the stage, just to arrive in a good position in La Paz”.

While Peterhansel lost 4 minutes to Sainz, he essentially held station with his remaining competitors.

2018 Dakar Day 6/Stage 6 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 53′ 30”
2 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 57′ 36” + 00H 04′ 06”
3 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 58′ 35” + 00H 05′ 05”
4 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 59′ 01” + 00H 05′ 31”
5 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 02′ 19” + 00H 08′ 49”
6 305  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 03H 02′ 26” + 00H 08′ 56”
7 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 03′ 01” + 00H 09′ 31”
8 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 03H 05′ 56” + 00H 12′ 26”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 03H 06′ 01” + 00H 12′ 31”
10 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 03H 06′ 09” + 00H 12′ 39”

The Overall Car Class standings are shown below.  Peterhansel is still comfortably in the lead and who along with his Peugeot teammate, Carlos Sainz are far ahead of three Toyotas entrants in positions 3, 4, and 5.

2018 Dakar Overall Car Class Standings After Day 6/Stage 6

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 16H 25′ 02”
2  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 16H 52′ 12” + 00H 27′ 10”
3  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 17H 45′ 43” + 01H 20′ 41”
4  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 17H 49′ 22” + 01H 24′ 20”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 18H 01′ 01” + 01H 35′ 59”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 18H 50′ 18” + 02H 25′ 16”
7  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 18H 50′ 54” + 02H 25′ 52” 00H 10′ 00”
8  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 18H 54′ 08” + 02H 29′ 06”
9  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 18H 56′ 00” + 02H 30′ 58”
10  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 19H 50′ 37” + 03H 25′ 35” 00H 24′ 00”

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2018 Dakar Day 5: Another Significant Day

Yesterday I said that it was a significant day, well I guess I have to say that Day 5 was a significant day as well.  I’ll get into that shortly.  In the car class the route consisted of 666km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and included 266km (shown in green below) of timed stage.

 

Day 5 Route

The profile of the timed stage is shown below.  Except for the run along the ocean there is lots of elevation change.

 

Day 5 Profile

The significance of Day 5 is that Dakar favorite Sébastien Loeb had his hopes for a victory this year get stuck in a dune. Loeb was forced to withdraw from his third Dakar after spending over two hours stuck in the sand. Co-driver Daniel Elena was too much in pain to start the second special after hurting his tailbone on the descent from a dune.

Leob’s vehicle is shown below.

Loeb’s 2018 Dakar Has Come To An End

Monsieur Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel won today’s stage by almost 5 minutes over Bernhard Ten Brinke in a Toyota.  Giniel De Villiers was third, also in a Toyota.  Peterhansel’s remaining Peugeot teammates, Carlo Sainz finished 4th and Cyril Depres finished 9th over 37 minutes behind Peterhansel.  The day’s top 10 stage results are shown below.

2018 Dakar Day 5/Stage 5 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 51′ 19”
2 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 56′ 11” + 00H 04′ 52”
3 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 04′ 06” + 00H 12′ 47”
4 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 09′ 29” + 00H 18′ 10”
5 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 15′ 52” + 00H 24′ 33”
6 307  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 03H 15′ 57” + 00H 24′ 38”
7 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 03H 16′ 58” + 00H 25′ 39”
8 329  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 03H 24′ 35” + 00H 33′ 16”
9 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 28′ 55” + 00H 37′ 36”
10 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 03H 32′ 32” + 00H 41′ 13”

This event has been full of surprises but with Stephane Peterhansel having a 31 minute lead over a teammate it looks like things might start to be locked down despite it only being the end of Day 5.  Sainz in second place is 45 minutes ahead of Ten Brinke.  So it’s hard to justify Sainz pushing too hard as it might be fruitless to try to catch Peterhansel and he is comfortably ahead of Ten Brinke so why risk crashing when he might be “locked” into second place.  The Overall Car Class standings after Day 5/Stage 5 are shown below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings Day 5/Stage 5

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 13H 27′ 26”
2 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 13H 58′ 42” + 00H 31′ 16”
3 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 14H 42′ 42” + 01H 15′ 16”
4 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 14H 50′ 47” + 01H 23′ 21”
5 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 15H 02′ 00” + 01H 34′ 34”
6 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 15H 14′ 14” + 01H 46′ 48”
7 335  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 15H 29′ 23” + 02H 01′ 57”
8 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 15H 44′ 09” + 02H 16′ 43”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 15H 44′ 53” + 02H 17′ 27” 00H 10′ 00”
10 329  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 16H 25′ 48” + 02H 58′ 22” 00H 24′ 00”

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