I Will Be Competing In The 2018 Winter Challenge Rally With Frank Beyer

The 2018 running of the Winter Challenge car rally will be held on the afternoon, evening, and night of February 10, 2018.  The rally will start and end in Barre, VT which is located in the northern part of Vermont.  That is the hilly, snowy, and crooked road part of Vermont.  It will start about 4:00PM on Saturday afternoon and end about 2:00AM Sunday morning.  I have competed in this rally a number of times and won it once.

Typically Frank Beyer from Syracuse, NY will compete in rallies in the northeast USA with Mike Mazoway, but as Mike is unavailable, Frank asked me to be his navigator for this event.  I have competed in several rallies with Frank and I like this rally, so this was an easy “yes”.

The Winter Challenge is typically broken down into three distinct parts.  The first part of the rally is a lightly trapped section where you have to pay very close attention to what you are doing.  As it is getting dark it requires a little extra effort.  Below is a sample of what can be expected in Section 1. Note that the speeds are in miles per hour and the timing is in 1/100 minute.  For example, in Route Instruction 54 “Pause 10” means to add 0.10 minutes or 6 seconds to your perfect time calculations at that location.  “Take 4.5 min” means to take 4 minutes 30 seconds to perform the route instruction.

Section 1 Example

In the above example I recall Route Instruction 54.  It turned out that Webster Road was a crescent-shaped road.  The first time we came to Webster Road it was about 0.7 miles after Route Instruction 53.  I remember telling my surprised driver to keep going and not to turn right on this Webster Road, hoping that there was a Webster Road at a distance of 0.9 miles.  Thankfully there was.

The second portion of the rally is the map section.  The average speeds in this map section are higher than in the first section.  The map provided is usually a photocopy of an older map to a scale that is unknown and is usually to some scale that is not at any commercially available measuring devices.  Often there are several maps and they are not always to the same scale.  As I said, the maps are old – everything on the maps is correct, but not everything is shown on the map.  There may be other roads not shown.  One of the many reasons that the rally is called the Winter Challenge.

Section 2 Example

In the above example “BTZ” means begin transit zone and “ETZ” means end transit zone.  By the way, in this rally you have to be on time all of the time and the timing controls are hidden.  Times are measured to the 1/100 minute.  “CAS” means either continue average speed or change average speed.  The numeric points on the map refer to the written route instructions below.

The third part of the Winter Challenge is quite brisk.  The instructions are provided mainly by tulip diagrams with some additional helper information.  Mileage is given to most turns and there are fewer speed changes.  Section 3 is not a navigator’s section, it’s a driver’s section.  This section will likely take place after midnight when traffic on the rural roads is minimal.

It is important that competitors dim or shut off their rally lights in residential areas.  Having rally lights sweep through someone’s bedroom window at 1:00AM is no way to make friends!

Section 3 Example

This is quite a popular rally and many people who only compete in a few rallies per year will especially take part on this rally.  There are two classes – those who have rally odometers/computers and those who just use the car’s stock speedometer/odometer.  Most of the cars are four-wheel drive (ie Subaru WRX and the like) and a scoring handicap is provided for two-wheel drive cars in an attempt to equalize things, but road conditions can be quite variable in the hills and valleys in Vermont winter conditions.

I am looking forward to this rally and to rallying once more with Frank Beyer.  For more information, check out the event website at the following address:

https://winterchallengerally.com

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2018 Dakar Stage 11 Results

Stage 11 is now complete and the remaining stages are few, so there are fewer and fewer opportunities to make significant moves in the standings.  Today there was 467km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and 280km of timed special stages (shown in red below).

Looking back there is a strong lesson to be learned from the motorcycle class Stage 10 results.  It seems that about 6 of the top riders made a terrible navigation error and they got severely lost about 5 to 8km off course.  I don’t really believe that 6 of the top riders made a navigation mistake, but I believe that one of them made a navigational error and 5 of them made an error in judgement.  There is a commonly used rally expression that says “run your own rally”.  I think that when the one rider made the original mistake, then the rider behind him just followed.  Then the third guy followed the first two thinking that they must be right rather than take the time to do his own navigating, then the fourth guy did the same, then the fifth guy, and so on.  These guys got so lost that it has taken then all out of the winning picture.  So in a rally don’t just follow the guy ahead, run your own rally.

Stage 11 Route

The profile of the Stage 11 route is shown below.  There is a considerable amount of elevation change on the route.

Stage 11 Profile

Today’s stage was won by Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke.  This is his best finish this year however he has had consistent finishes this year by finishing in the top 10 in every single stage so far.  His Toyota managed to finish ahead of the powerful Peugeot team cars.

The Peugeot team cars all had essentially the same time.  Their strategy appears to be to essentially hold position and use Cyril Despres’ car as a rolling parts car plus to provide navigation input if needed.

The Stage 11 Car Class results are shown below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Stage 11 Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 10′ 54”
2  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 15′ 29” + 00H 04′ 35”
3  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 15′ 34” + 00H 04′ 40”
4  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 15′ 44” + 00H 04′ 50”
5  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 16′ 50” + 00H 05′ 56”
6  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 22′ 51” + 00H 11′ 57”
7  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 04H 30′ 41” + 00H 19′ 47”
8  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 04H 40′ 07” + 00H 29′ 13”
9  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 04H 43′ 06” + 00H 32′ 12”
10  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 04H 53′ 17” + 00H 42′ 23”

After Stage 11, the overall standings are essentially the same as after Stage 10.  Barring mishaps, positions one and two appear fixed, but the race is still very much on for the third place on the podium between the cars in positions 3, 4, and 5.

The overall car class standings are shown below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings After Stage 11

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

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 36H 16′ 27”
2  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 37H 17′ 12” + 01H 00′ 45”
3  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 37H 40′ 29” + 01H 24′ 02”
4  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 37H 44′ 02” + 01H 27′ 35”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 37H 56′ 32” + 01H 40′ 05”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 39H 10′ 45” + 02H 54′ 18”
7  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 39H 42′ 46” + 03H 26′ 19”
8  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 42H 09′ 35” + 05H 53′ 08” 00H 10′ 00”
9  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 42H 47′ 36” + 06H 31′ 09”
10  SEBASTIAN HALPERN

EDU PULENTA

SOUTH RACING 44H 57′ 48” + 08H 41′ 21”

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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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