Stage 3 of the 2015 Dakar Rally is in the books. The Car Class had 284 kilometers of competitive distance today, while the Bike Class’s competitive distance was 220 kilometers. Below is a plan of the route of Stage 3. The timed stage is shown in red.
Stage 3 Route
The profile of Stage 3 is shown below. Note that the route flows from right to left while the profile read from left to right. (Yeah .. I know. I wonder if the directions will line up when the route generally heads back east?)
Stage 3 Profile
In the Car Class there were no major surprises, but Orlando Terranova in his Mini had a good day recovering from a rough stage yesterday to win Stage 3. I am becoming more and more impressed by DeVilliers in the Toyota. I have always been impressed by his ability to be competitive and stay out of trouble but so far this year he seems to be a little quicker. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Toyota engine had a little more horsepower this year, so maybe that’s all DeVilliers needed.
2015 Dakar Rally Car Class Stage 3 Results
|1||TERRANOVA (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||MINI||02:57:28||–|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||02:59:22||00:01:54|
|3||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||03:00:20||00:02:52|
|4||SAINZ (ESP)CRUZ (ESP)||PEUGEOT||03:01:34||00:04:06|
|5||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||03:01:46||00:04:18|
|6||ROMA (ESP)PERIN (FRA)||MINI||03:03:26||00:05:58|
|7||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||PEUGEOT||03:06:54||00:09:26|
|8||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||03:09:25||00:11:57|
|9||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||03:13:17||00:15:49|
|10||LAVIEILLE (FRA)MAIMON (FRA)||TOYOTA||03:13:56||00:16:28|
Orlando Terranova Won Stage 3
Al-Attiyah continues to lead the Overall Car Class, just over five minutes ahead of DeVilliers. Alas Robby Gordon finished 15th on the Stage 3 today, some 22 minutes behind Terranova. This allowed Robby to move up to 40th Overall, 4 hours and 24 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.
2015 Dakar Rally Car Class Standings After Stage 3
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||09:21:26||–||00:02:00|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||09:26:44||00:05:18||–|
|3||TERRANOVA (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||MINI||09:39:31||00:18:05||–|
|4||SAINZ (ESP)CRUZ (ESP)||PEUGEOT||09:40:58||00:19:32||–|
|5||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||09:41:34||00:20:08||–|
|6||HOLOWCZYC (POL)PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||09:46:50||00:25:24||–|
|7||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||09:49:09||00:27:43||–|
|8||TEN BRINKE (NLD)COLSOUL (BEL)||TOYOTA||09:57:48||00:36:22||–|
|9||SOUSA (PRT)FIUZA (PRT)||MITSUBISHI||10:03:18||00:41:52||–|
|10||LAVIEILLE (FRA)MAIMON (FRA)||TOYOTA||10:05:04||00:43:38||–|
The KTM Team really stepped up today placing three bikes in the top four in Stage 3, but the Honda guys are still running well. The pre-rally favorite Coma finally had a good day finishing just 40 seconds behind Stage 3 winner Walkner.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Stage 3 Results
|3||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||02:36:21||00:01:53|
|6||DUCLOS (FRA)||SHERCO TVS||02:37:39||00:03:11|
|8||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||02:38:30||00:04:02|
|10||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||02:39:49||00:05:21|
Walkner On A KTM
Despite today’s strong KTM showing, the top two Bikes are Hondas in the Overall Bike Class standings.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Standings After Stage 3
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||09:43:05||–|
|8||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||10:01:38||00:18:33|
|10||PEDRERO GARCIA (ESP)||YAMAHA||10:06:07||00:23:02|
It is still early days and no clear pattern has been established in either the Car or Bike Classes.