Dakar Rally 2016 Day 7 Results; competitors Reach The Halfway Point

Today’s route took the competitors south again, back into Argentina.  The day began in Uyuni, Bolivia with about a 100km transit to the start of the special stage.  The special stage is broken by a Neutralization Section, then continues into Argentina, then a transit to Salta, Argentina.  It will be a long day with a total transit distance of 481km with 336km of special stage distance.

The Day 7 route is shown below.

Day 7 Route

Day 7 Route

On today’s route there is a neutralization section which is transit section, with a target time, to separate two sections of the same Selective Section or special stage.

For these neutralization sections the crew hand in their Time Card to the Time Control at the beginning of the Neutralization Section, on which will be noted the time at which they start the Neutralization (finish time of the 1st section) and their target time at the end of the Neutralization Section which will also be their start time for the 2nd portion of the special stage.  A complicating factor here is the border crossing from Bolivia back into Argentina which is included in the Neutralization Section.  The crews will have to watch their speeds as during these Neutralization Sections the maximum speed allowed, checked by GPS, will be that of the speed limit of the country being crossed.  So time management during this section is important.

Once the crews get into Argentina the route will have significantly more elevation change.  See the Day 7 route profile below.

Day 7 Profile

Day 7 Profile

During the day there were significant rainstorms on the second part of the special stage.  As a result the second part of the motorcycle competition was stopped due to high water levels at a river crossing, but the cars did run the entire course.

Once again the Peugeot Team dominated the day’s stage.  The Peugeot Team finished 1-2-4 and would have been 1-2-3 except that Al-Attiyah in his Mini managed to edge out Peterhansel by a mere 5 seconds for third position.  For the intramural Peugeot team competition Carlos Sainz beat Sebestien Loeb by 38 seconds.

Sainz Wins Day 7

Carlos Sainz Winning The Day 7 Stage

Robby Gordon had a decent day but was 10 minutes behind the lead Peugeot.  It doesn’t seem that Robby’s Gordini can challenge the Peugeot cars.

Dakar 2016 Day 7 Stage Results

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 03:19:03
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 03:19:41 00:00:38
3 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 03:22:25 00:03:22
4 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:22:30 00:03:27
5 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 03:23:10 00:04:07
6 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:24:27 00:05:24
7 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:24:28 00:05:25
8 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:25:45 00:06:42
9 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 03:26:00 00:06:57
10 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 03:26:19 00:07:16
11 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 03:29:04 00:10:01
12 CREED (USA)

STREET (USA)

GORDINI 03:43:18 00:24:15

 

Sebestien Loeb leads to overall standings as the Dakar Rally reaches the halfway point.  The Peugeot Team seems to be the clear leader in the Car Class in 2016.  The top three Peugoet Teams all have a good chance to win.  I expect that the team competition within Peugeot will be very hot over the next two or three days as each competitor wants to be in the lead when team orders come out to hold positions in order to get a podium full of Peugeot cars.

Dakar 2016 Car Class Overall Standings After Day 7

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 21:46:28
2 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 21:48:50 00:02:22
3 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 21:51:18 00:04:50
4 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 22:04:04 00:17:36
5 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 22:19:21 00:32:53
6 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 22:20:09 00:33:41
7 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 22:26:47 00:40:19
8 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 22:29:19 00:42:51
9 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 22:40:14 00:53:46
10 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 23:02:13 01:15:45
24 CREED (USA)

STREET (USA)

GORDINI 25:22:05 03:35:37
28 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 25:34:04 03:47:36

Robby Gordon Day 7

Robby Gordon Needs To Find More Speed In The Gordini

Tomorrow will be a rest day.  I expect that there will be some grumbling about the dominance of the Peugeot Team.  However it does look like Peugeot are in a great position to win the Dakar 2016, unless the other teams can find some speed.

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