On Day 11/Stage 10 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, I believe that in the Cars and Bike Class, the rally, as far as lead changes go, is effectively over. In the Cars Class, Stephane Peterhansel has a commanding lead and now will drive to the end of the rally managing the gap to the remainder of the field. In the Bike Class, Cyril Despres, the KTM team leader has taken over the top spot, as I predicted yesterday, and I believe that the remainder of the KTM team will fall in line behind Despres for a dominating finish.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Route Map
To finish up some business from yesterday, it turns out that Nasser Al-Attiyah had some serious water pump problems with his engine that lead to his withdrawal from the 2013 Dakar Rally. Al-Attiyah says that he will be back next year.
Today was great day in Argentina as the stage was won by Orlando Terranova in his BMW. This is the first time that an Argentinian has won a stage in the Dakar Rally and he was able to do this in a stage in Argentina.
Overall leader, Stephane Peterhansel, drove an aggressive, but well-managed stage for a third place stage finish behind team-mate Nani Roma. Robby Gordon continues to soldier on with good stage finishes and today he finished 5th on the stage.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Results – Cars Class
|1||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||03:57:58||–||–|
|2||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||04:00:05||00:02:07||–|
|3||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||04:00:17||00:02:19||–|
|4||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||04:03:24||00:05:26||–|
|5||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||04:04:49||00:06:51||–|
|6||ÁLVAREZ (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||TOYOTA||04:06:41||00:08:43||–|
|7||GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||04:11:35||00:13:37||–|
|8||VASILJEV (RUS)YEVTYEKHOV (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||04:11:55||00:13:57||–|
|9||KAHLE (DEU)SCHUENEMANN (DEU)||SAM-MERCEDES||04:12:17||00:14:19||–|
|10||NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||04:12:54||00:14:56||–|
In the overall standings for the Cars Class, Stephane Peterhansel maintains he dominant lead. This time cushion will allow him to be careful and not take chances on the remaining stages. It is doubtful that any driver behind him can drive into first place. The only way Peterhansel can lose this event is if he makes a bad mistake or if he has a major mechanical issue. If that should happen then De Villiers in his Toyota would be in a position to inherit the lead. De Villiers has to drive fast enough to stay in second place and hope that something happens to Peterhansel.
The current overall standings after Day 11/Stage 10 in the cars class are presented in the following table.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 11/Stage 10 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||28:12:00||–||–|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||29:04:38||00:52:38||–|
|3||NOVITSKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||29:20:40||01:08:40||–|
|4||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||29:46:04||01:34:04||–|
|5||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||30:10:49||01:58:49||–|
|6||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||30:47:00||02:35:00||–|
|7||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||31:03:23||02:51:23||–|
|8||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||31:14:38||03:02:38||00:01:00|
|9||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||31:14:52||03:02:52||00:01:00|
|10||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||31:38:51||03:26:51||–|
In the picture below, I wonder why the helicopter is so low. Perhaps the pilot wants his windshield washed.
Peterhansel at One of Those Argentinian Water Splashes Made Famous By The WRC Rallies
In the Bike Class, Cyril Despres made a big move and finished a close second on the stage to winner Barreda Bort. Barreda Bort has been fast this year, but has a couple of poor finishes as well.
The American rider, Kurt Caselli, had another good day by finishing 5th on the stage. He is having a good Dakar Rally considering he is a rookie at this event.
Yesterday’s overall leader, Faria, finished the stage in 8th position. Faria knows that he is Despres’ “water-carrier” for this year’s event and will do what he can to help Despres win the Bike Class title.
The results from Day 11/Stage 10 for the Bike Class are presented on the following table.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 11/Stage 10 Results – Bike Class
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HUSQVARNA||04:43:14||–||–|
Now that Despres has made his way into the Overall lead, look for the KTM team to support Despres for the overall win. It is also possible that the KTM team riders might assist Svitko and Pedrero in order to completely crush the other marque teams.
The overall standings in the Bike Class after Day 11/Stage 10 are presented in the following table.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 11/Stage 10 – Bike Class
Tomorrow’s Stage 11 is 300 miles long in total running from La Rioja to Fiambala. Of that total distance 163 miles will be in transit and 137 miles will be timed.