Day 10 and the 2013 Dakar Rally is back in action with a vengeance after a day off. Today’s stage, Stage 9, was the longest day of the rally with over 500 miles that took the competitors from Tucuman to Cordoba in Argentina.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 10/Stage 9 Route Map
Today was really a decisive day in the Car Class. Up to Stage 8, the Car Class had got down to a two-car race between Stephane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah. That changed today when Nasser Al-Attiyah had a major problem. Exactly what that problem was is still a mystery to me, as hours after the other cars have finished, Nasser Al-Attiyah was still not listed as having finished the stage nor is he listed as having withdrawn. Whatever the final scoring for Al-Attiyah for Stage 9, it is clear that he will no longer be a factor in the overall standings in the 2013 Dakar Rally.
Stage 9 was won by Nani Roma in his Mini with his Mini team-mate the ever-reliable Stephane Peterhansel 4 minutes behind. Orlando Terranova in his BMW was third on the stage and Robby Gordon had a good day finishing fourth.
The stage times for the top 10 Stage 9 finishers are included in the following table:
2013 Dakar Rally Day 10/Stage 9 Results – Car Class
|1||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||05:36:28||–||–|
|2||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||05:40:39||00:04:11||–|
|3||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||05:43:22||00:06:54||–|
|4||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||05:45:05||00:08:37||–|
|5||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||05:46:07||00:09:39||–|
|6||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||05:46:51||00:10:23||–|
|7||NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||05:47:48||00:11:20||–|
|8||OLHOLM (AUS)ASTON (GBR)||TOYOTA||05:56:51||00:20:23||–|
|9||KAHLE (DEU)SCHUENEMANN (DEU)||SAM-MERCEDES||06:03:12||00:26:44||–|
|10||ÁLVAREZ (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||TOYOTA||06:04:05||00:27:37||–|
With Nasser Al-Attiyah’s disastrous day, the Car Class appears now to be a coronation trip for Stephane Peterhansel who has a lead of 49 minutes over second place De Villiers. Look for Peterhansel to drive even more smartly over the next few days taking very few chances. The rally now is Peterhansel’s to lose.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 10/Stage 9 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||24:11:43||–||–|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||25:01:14||00:49:31||–|
|3||NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||25:07:46||00:56:03||–|
|4||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||25:45:59||01:34:16||–|
|5||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||26:12:51||02:01:08||–|
|6||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||26:25:24||02:13:41||–|
|7||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||26:45:35||02:33:52||–|
|8||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||26:47:05||02:35:22||00:01:00|
|9||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||26:47:23||02:35:40||00:01:00|
|10||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||27:15:15||03:03:32||–|
In the Bike Class Cyril Despres won his first stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally. Two Husqvarna riders, Bort and Botturi, finished second and third respectively. Second overall after Stage 8, Faria, finished 4th on the stage. However the big news was that David Casteu, the overall leader after Stage 8, had several problems today which lead to a very bad Stage 9 finish, causing him to fall all the way back to 21st place overall.
The top 10 finishers in the Bike Class for Stage 9 are presented in the following table:
2013 Dakar Rally Day 10/Stage 10 Results – Bike Class
|2||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HUSQVARNA||05:45:39||00:04:03||–|
|9||FARRES GUELL (ESP)||HONDA||05:55:48||00:14:12||–|
The stage win by Despres has moved Despres into second place in the overall standings in the bike class. A few days ago there were two Yamaha bikes at the front of the field; now the first four positions are held by KTM motorcycles.
It’s still fairly close in the overall standings, but more and more it is looking like an intramural KTM competition. Look for Despres to push tomorrow in order to be at the front before team orders might come into play.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 10/Stage 9 – Bike Class
|10||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||26:35:42||00:38:30||00:12:00|
Tomorrow’s stage will be about 400 miles long and will take the competitors from Cordoba to La Rioja. I am interested to see if Nasser Al-Attiyah re-appears and to get more information on exactly what happened to him.