Day 2 of the 2015 extended from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan. The was a very long competitive stage at almost 520 kilometers. The route is shown below. The green portions are the Transit or Liaison Sections, while the red line shows the competitive portion of the day’s route.
2015 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Route
The profile of the day’s route is shown on the image below. The profile is a little confusing as it reads from left to right, while the route shown above reads from right to left.
2015 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Profile
After I posted the results of Stage 1, Nasser Al-Attiyah was assessed a 2:00 penalty for speeding through a village on Stage 1. That moved Al-Attiyah back to 8th place and others above that moved up. That didn’t seem to bother him too much other than cause him to put his foot down firmly today. Al-Attiyah won today’s stage by 8:30. He was about 1.3 seconds per kilometer faster than DeVilliers, who is a very good driver in his Toyota. Al-Attiyah is clearly making a statement that if you want to win the Dakar in 2015, then you are going to have to beat him.
2015 Dakar Rally Car Class Stage 2 Results
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||05:04:50||–|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||05:13:20||00:08:30|
|3||TEN BRINKE (NLD)COLSOUL (BEL)||TOYOTA||05:14:54||00:10:04|
|4||HOLOWCZYC (POL)PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||05:16:02||00:11:12|
|5||VASILYEV (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||05:20:59||00:16:09|
|6||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||05:22:47||00:17:57|
|7||SAINZ (ESP)CRUZ (ESP)||PEUGEOT||05:24:28||00:19:38|
|8||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||05:24:34||00:19:44|
|9||SOUSA (PRT)FIUZA (PRT)||MITSUBISHI||05:25:50||00:21:00|
|10||TERRANOVA (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||MINI||05:28:51||00:24:01|
Nasser Al-Attiyah On Stage 2
American Robby Gordon had a horrible day. He had some mechanical problems and wound up a little more than 4 hours behind the leading cars. I believe that he has dug a hole that he will not be able to climb out from.
2015 Dakar Rally Car Class Standings After Day 2
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||06:19:40||–||00:02:00|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||06:27:22||00:07:42||–|
|3||TEN BRINKE (NLD)COLSOUL (BEL)||TOYOTA||06:29:22||00:09:42||–|
|4||HOLOWCZYC (POL)PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||06:30:08||00:10:28||–|
|5||VASILYEV (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||06:37:03||00:17:23||–|
|6||SAINZ (ESP)CRUZ (ESP)||PEUGEOT||06:39:24||00:19:44||–|
|7||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||06:39:44||00:20:04||–|
|8||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||06:41:14||00:21:34||–|
|9||SOUSA (PRT)FIUZA (PRT)||MITSUBISHI||06:41:44||00:22:04||–|
|10||TERRANOVA (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||MINI||06:42:03||00:22:23||–|
Robby Gordon is now in 47th position which is two places above last place.
The Bike Class had a discouraging story. The bikes start in order of their standings. As a result yesterday’s leader, Sam Sunderland, was first on the road. He got massively lost and effectively ended his Dakar Rally. My guess is that being first on the road, he did not have anybody’s tracks to follow (the lazy way to navigate), he had some navigational issues, and “bye bye” Dakar win.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Stage 2 Results
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||05:46:06||–|
|9||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||06:01:55||00:15:49|
|10||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||06:02:51||00:16:45|
It is still early but perhaps the Honda Team will provide some good competition for the strong KTM team.
Stage 2 Winner Honda’s Barreda Bort
The current Bike Class standing are as follows.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Standing After Day 2
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||07:06:44||–|
|9||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||07:23:08||00:16:24|
|10||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||07:26:18||00:19:34|
Watch Coma, it’s still early. He can make up 12 minutes fairly easily.