Day 3 is finished and the 2013 Dakar Rally is turning into quite a competition. In yesterday’s report, I speculated that there must have been a fundamental error in the navigation to cause so many of the teams to have problems. But surprisingly, the French organizers only awarded time lost to Carlos Sainz in a late day Stage 2 ruling, saying that there was a problem with the GPS satellite. In does not seem credible that a faulty GPS satellite would only affect one competitor. Also this ruling was directly against leader Stephane Peterhansel, which also seems strange because French motorsports officials have a long history of ruling in favor of French competitors. Perhaps it was because Peterhansel is driving a Mini. Look up the history of French motorsports officials ruling against Minis.
Late in Day 3, sane heads prevailed and Sainz’ favorable ruling was taken away from him. I have heard that about 18 to 19 minutes will be added back to Sainz’ overall time, however the final official overall times are no longer available. As a result the Overall Standings for cars that I have in this report are incorrect for Carlos Sainz. The results in this post show him in 5th Overall, but actually he will have 18 or 19 minutes added to his time which will drop him to about the 9th or 10th position Overall.
Out on the stage in the Cars Class, today’s stage was won by Nasser Al-Attiyah in his buggy by just over a minute of the Hummer of Robby Gordon. Robby Gordon had his first good day of the rally. His problem is that one good day is not enough – he needs multiple good days. He started the day about 49 minutes behind the leader and now he is 47 minutes behind the leader. Gordon needs long good days in order to chip away at the lead. Despite it being the rather early stages in the rally, time is not on Robby Gordon’s side.
Vladimir Vasilyev’s Crash (C. Monteroj)
Sainz, Devilliers, and Terranova all had bad days finishing about 30 minutes behind the stage leaders. The Overall leader Stephane Petterhansel had a good day, finishing third on the stage but he still has a good lead. The bad day for Sainz, Devilliers, and Terranova provides him with some breathing space in front of good competitors.
2013 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results – Car Class
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||02:30:14||–||–|
|2||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||02:31:32||00:01:18||–|
|3||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||02:34:06||00:03:52||–|
|4||ÁLVAREZ (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||TOYOTA||02:39:50||00:09:36||–|
|5||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||02:42:34||00:12:20||–|
|6||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||02:45:43||00:15:29||–|
|7||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||02:46:29||00:16:15||–|
|8||GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||02:53:39||00:23:25||–|
|9||LAVIEILLE (FRA)POLATO (FRA)||PROTO DESSOUDE||02:54:59||00:24:45||–|
|10||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||02:55:23||00:25:09||–|
|11||OLHOLM (AUS)ASTON (GBR)||TOYOTA||02:56:29||00:26:15||–|
|12||COFFARO (VEN)MENESES (VEN)||TOYOTA||02:57:28||00:27:14||–|
|13||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||02:59:49||00:29:35||–|
|14||SAINZ (ESP)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||BUGGY||03:00:27||00:30:13||–|
|15||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||03:01:50||00:31:36||–|
|16||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||03:02:53||00:32:39||–|
The following Overall Standings should be considered as provisional.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Stage 3 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||05:34:26||–||–|
|2||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||05:40:59||00:06:33||–|
|3||ÁLVAREZ (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||TOYOTA||05:52:37||00:18:11||–|
|4||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||05:55:36||00:21:10||–|
|5||SAINZ (ESP)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||BUGGY||05:55:42||00:21:16||–|
|6||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||06:04:48||00:30:22||–|
|7||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||06:07:22||00:32:56||–|
|8||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||06:09:39||00:35:13||–|
|9||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||06:12:58||00:38:32||00:01:00|
|10||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||06:14:06||00:39:40||00:01:00|
|11||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||06:17:39||00:43:13||–|
|12||GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||06:18:15||00:43:49||–|
|13||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||06:21:13||00:46:47||–|
In the Bike Class, Stage 3 was won by the Chilean rider Lopez on his KTM. He won Stage 3 by about 1 minute over Goncalves on his Husqvarna and about 5 minutes over Cyril Despres.
2013 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results – Bike Class
|7||FARRES GUELL (ESP)||HONDA||02:44:52||00:06:58||–|
With today’s performance Cyril Despres has moved to the top of the Overall Standings in the Bike Class. He might be difficult to dislodge from that position.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Stage 3 – Bike Class
|6||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||06:21:22||00:06:19||–|
I am disappointed to have to report that the Canadian entry of David Bensadoun in the Cars Class has withdrawn from the 2013 Dakar Rally as of Stage 2. This is a difficult rally, but I had hoped that he would be able to register a finish.
Daily Briefing For Stage 4 Takes Place the Night Before
Tomorrow the Stage 4 will go from Nazca to Arequipa. There will be a 180 mile timed stage followed by a 267 mile transit into Arequipa.