At the 2013 Dakar Rally Day 8 from Salta to Tucuman turned out to be the most difficult day yet due to swollen rivers.
Day / Stage 8 Route Map
In the Cars Class, only five cars were able to complete the stage. The remainder of the cars got stuck on the wrong side of a flooded river. Chicherit in his SMG buggy was the fastest for the stage finishing about 4 minutes ahead of Terranova in a BMW. An interesting thing about Terranova is that he has the only BMW on the Mini team.
Robby Gordon finished third on the stage for the fourth day in a row. It is clear that Robby Gordon has the speed to win, but those early disasters in this year’s Dakar will keep him well back in the field.
The results for those that finished the stage are shown in the following table:
2013 Dakar Rally Day / Stage 8 Results – Cars Class
|1||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||01:55:06||–||–|
|2||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||01:59:08||00:04:02||–|
|3||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||02:00:23||00:05:17||–|
|4||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||02:07:21||00:12:15||–|
|5||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||02:10:49||00:15:43||–|
Because of the flooded river, the organizers decided to award all other cars the time taken by Stephane Peterhansel. This seems somewhat strange as he was not the slowest of those that were able to complete the entire stage. Nani Romo finished the stage about 3 minutes and 28 seconds behind Peterhansel, but he will wind up losing those 3 minutes and 28 seconds to the remainder of the field who did not finish the stage! I think that giving everyone Roma’s time instead of Peterhansel’s time would have been a fairer way to resolve this problem.
The overall standings in the cars class after Day 8 of the 2013 Dakar Rally are presented in the following table:
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 8 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||18:31:04||–||–|
|2||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||18:34:18||00:03:14||–|
|3||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||19:15:07||00:44:03||–|
|4||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||19:19:58||00:48:54||–|
|5||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||19:35:54||01:04:50||–|
|6||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||20:05:55||01:34:51||00:01:00|
|7||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||20:09:31||01:38:27||–|
|8||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||20:29:29||01:58:25||–|
|9||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||20:33:22||02:02:18||00:01:00|
|10||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||20:38:33||02:07:29||–|
The scenery in South America can be spectacular. Note the contrasts in the landscape in the picture below.
Landscape Between Salta and Tucuman
Most competitors in the bike class were able to escape the problems with swollen rivers that the cars class had. See the stage results in the table below.
2013 Dakar Rally Day /Stage 7 Results – Bike Class
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HUSQVARNA||02:07:26||–||–|
|4||BIANCHI PRATA (PRT)||HUSQVARNA||02:18:36||00:11:10||–|
|8||VAN PELT (NLD)||HONDA||02:22:34||00:15:08||–|
As can be seen, Day 8 was a also bad day for some prominent bike class competitors. The Overall bike class leader after Day 7 Oliver Pain finished 78th on Day 8 some 37 minutes behind today’s stage winner. Yesterday’s stage winner, the American rider Kurt Caselli, finished 57th today 29 minutes and 10 seconds behind today’s winner. These bad stage times were the result of navigation errors that many riders had around the 22 km mark into the stage.
Oliver Pain’s bad finish today has had a big effect on the overall standings in the bike class. I have included the top 10 overall bike class competitors in the following table:
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 8 – Bike Class
|7||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||20:23:40||00:27:07||00:12:00|
As can be seen from the above table, yesterday’s overall leader in the standings, Oliver Pain, has fallen back to 4th place overall. The new leader is Casteu who has moved up based on Pain’s bad stage finish.
Note that Cyril Despres has been assigned a 15 minute penalty as a result of him changing his engine.
Tomorrow will be a rest day which I am sure that all of the competitors will thoroughly enjoy.