Dakar 2016 Day 11: The Turn For Home

Today was another tough day in the 2016 Dakar rally.  The day’s special stage was cancelled at Control CP2 for safety reasons.  This is the second time this year that the day’s rally was stopped for safety reasons.  This is unusual as I don’t recall stages being stopped in the past for elevated temperatures.  I could be wrong about this, but it is unusual.  I wonder if it has something to do with Marc Coma moving from a premier bike class competitor into the rally’s management.  Marc might be a little more sympathetic to the misery the Dakar can inflict on the competitors.

The full Day 11 route is shown below.  The day started in La Rioja, then went southwest  to the beginning of the special section.  As can be seen from the map below, stopping the stage at CP2 is about a 50% reduction in the competitive scoring.  This helps those who are ahead and hinders those who are trying to catch.  More distance equals more opportunity to make up time or have troubles inflict themselves on those who they are trying to catch.

Day 11 Route

Day 11 Route

The Day 11 profile is shown below.  Again remember that today the special stage ended at CP2.

Day 11 Profile

Day 11 Profile

This stage looks very tricky on paper.  There are lots of elevation changes and if you take another look at the route, there are a lot of (dry?) river beds to cross.  These river banks can suddenly appear, causing the front of the cars to drop drastically with catastrophic results.

Al-Attiyah Day 11

Al-Attiyah After Day 11

Today’s shortened stage was won by Al-Attiyah in his Mini.  Al-Attiyah has to push fairly hard to be in a position to capitalize if something happens to Peterhansel.  He has to get it in Peterhansel’s head that he is pushing.  Loeb finished second almost 6 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.  Hirvonen was third, about 1 minute behind Loeb.  I think that Peterhansel had a safe run today finishing in 4 position, 8 minutes behind 8 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.  Peterhansel started the day with a one hour lead over At-Attiyah, so losing 8 minutes to Al-Attiyah is not of any serious consequence.

The results of Day 11 are presented below.

Dakar Rally Day 11 Car Class Results 

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 04:49:16
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 04:55:08 00:05:52
3 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 04:56:17 00:07:01
4 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 04:57:21 00:08:05
5 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 05:01:13 00:11:57
6 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 05:01:30 00:12:14
7 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 05:02:14 00:12:58
8 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 05:04:07 00:14:51
9 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 05:09:59 00:20:43
10 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 05:10:45 00:21:29
11 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 05:11:54 00:22:38

After Day 11 Peterhansel still has one foot on the top step of the podium.  Al-Attiyah is still 52 minutes behind Peterhansel.  It looks like DeVilliers, if he is careful, has a good chance of finishing third.

Dakar Rally Car Class Overall Standings After Day 11

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 37:42:20
2 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 38:34:15 00:51:55
3 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 38:59:44 01:17:24
4 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 39:05:07 01:22:47
5 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 39:28:56 01:46:36
6 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 39:36:54 01:54:34
7 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 39:39:13 01:56:53
8 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 39:53:51 02:11:31
9 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 40:07:38 02:25:18
10 HUNT (GBR)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 40:30:22 02:48:02
27 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 48:21:15 10:38:55

Tomorrow will be the key day for Peterhansel and he has a very good chance of sewing up a victory.

Peterhansel Day 11

Peterhansel Could Effectively Win Tomorrow

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