Day 2 At Dakar 2016 – The Game Is On!

Due to the cancellation of Day 1 of the 2016 Dakar Rally due to extremely wet weather, Day 2 represented the actual start of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

The Day 2 route is shown below.  The transit or liaison portion of the route is shown in green, while the competitive portion is shown in red.  The transits were to total 336km and the competitive portion of the route was to be 510km, but due to the effects of yesterday’s wet weather, the timed stage was reduced to 386km.

Day 2 Route

Day 2 Route

The route today, as shown by the profile of the special stage below, did not appear to have extreme elevation changes, so it would have been relatively fast for a Dakar Rally.

Day 2 Profile

Day 2 Route Profile

The day’s winner turned out to be Dakar Rally rookie, Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena in their Peugeot, who was just over 2 minutes ahead of his Peugeot teammate and Dakar veteran, Stefan Peterhansel.

Loeb Day 2

Sebastien Loeb Splashing His Way To A Day 2 Victory

The results of top of the field in the car class are shown below.

Day 2 Car Class Results And Standings

 

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 314 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 03:45:46
2 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:48:09 00:02:23
3 307 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 03:48:24 00:02:38
4 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:48:47 00:03:01
5 315 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 03:48:51 00:03:05
6 319 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 03:49:06 00:03:20
7 321 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:49:46 00:04:00
8 300 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 03:50:04 00:04:18
9 329 PROKOP (CZE)

TOMANEK (CZE)

TOYOTA 03:50:11 00:04:25
10 311 TEN BRINKE (NLD)

COLSOUL (BEL)

TOYOTA 03:50:48 00:05:02
11 317 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 03:51:34 00:05:48
12 305 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:51:38 00:05:52
13 306 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

MINI 03:52:56 00:07:10
14 303 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 03:56:49 00:11:03
15 325 MALYSZ (POL)

PANSERI (FRA)

MINI 03:57:53 00:12:07
16 323 HUNT (GBR)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 03:58:06 00:12:20
17 327 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

RUDNITSKI (BLR)

MINI 03:58:13 00:12:27
18 318 SPINELLI (BRA)

HADDAD (BRA)

MITSUBISHI 03:59:34 00:13:48
19 313 GARAFULIC (CHL)

PALMEIRO (PRT)

MINI 04:01:46 00:16:00
20 351 LOPEZ (ARG)

LAFUENTE (URY)

MINI 04:02:00 00:16:14
21 316 CHABOT (FRA)

PILLOT (FRA)

TOYOTA 04:03:15 00:17:29
22 312 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 04:03:23 00:17:37

I showed the top portion of the car class field down as far as position 22, which is where the American entry Robby Gordon finished.  He had some mud problems in a wet area which resulted in him finishing 17 minutes behind the leader.  In past years, being 17 minutes behind the leader after Day 2 would essentially be like in a tie for first place, but this year I am far less inclined to think that Robby Gordon can recover to win from this deficit.  He is in 22nd place, so he has to pass 21 cars, most of whom are quite talented and are supported by major factory teams.  The competition level is getting higher each year with good drivers in the seats of the factory cars.  As a Robby Gordon supporter, I hope that I am wrong and he will get back to the top, but time will tell.

Robby Gordon Day 2

Robby Gordon Got Bogged Down In A Wet Portion Of The Stage

With Day 2 now on the books, the 2016 Dakar Rally is now underway.  Sebastien Loeb won many World Rally Championship titles, so he clearly knows how to win rallies and was never too hard on his rally cars.  Sometimes the rally navigation can be difficult at the Dakar, and Loeb’s long time navigator, Daniel Elena, as a Dakar rookie, might find this particularly difficult.  At Dakar, it takes a complete team to win.

For more information on the Dakar, contact their website at www.dakar.com

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