Dakar 2018 Day 3: The American Entry Now Out Following A Day 2 Crash

American Bryce Menzies, a Dakar rookie, crashed badly just 2 kilometers into yesterday’s Stage 2.  The crash destroyed his car and left his co-driver with a broken ankle.

The Remains Of Menzies’ Car

Menzies started the second day of the 2018 Dakar rally in fourth and just 38 seconds off the lead after the opening stage.

Menzies admits that the crash was his fault: “My co-driver called out a double caution, and I checked up and I looked at it – and it just looked like a smaller bump than I think it was.  We hit it pretty fast; it just unloaded the rear and stuck the front bumper, and I think we flipped seven or eight times.”

“It’s not the way I wanted my first Dakar to go. I was so excited to race the rest of this rally with the car and just keep improving it, but I made a terrible mistake on my part.”

Menzies went on to say: “It’s just my ego and my emotions are hurt. And my co-driver ended up breaking his ankle. My heart’s off to him, he’s the one that called it out and I should’ve listened to him.”

Stage 3 has a 296km long timed stage in the Pisco area followed by a 208km transit south to San Juan De Marcona, Peru.  The Stage 3/Day 3 route is shown below.  The red line is the time stage while the green route is the transit.

2018 Dakar Day 3/Stage 3 Route

The Day 3 route has a little more elevation change than the previous two stages. Sand conditions still dominate the timed stage.  The profile shown below reads from left to right.

2018 Dakar Day 3/Stage 3 Profile

Today’s stage was won by Nasser Al-Attiyah in his Toyota by a little more than 4 minutes over multi-time winner, Stephane Peterhansel.  Carlos Sainz was in third place a little more than 6 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.  The top 10 finishers from today’s stage are shown below.

2018 Dakar Day 3/Stage 3 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 09′ 08”
2  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 13′ 13” + 00H 04′ 05”
3  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 15′ 15” + 00H 06′ 07”
4  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 16′ 51” + 00H 07′ 43”
5  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 17′ 42” + 00H 08′ 34”
6  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 19′ 19” + 00H 10′ 11”
7  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 27′ 15” + 00H 18′ 07”
8  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 03H 28′ 04” + 00H 18′ 56”
9  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

X-RAID TEAM 03H 31′ 50” + 00H 22′ 42”
10  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 03H 32′ 09” + 00H 23′ 01”

A couple of top competitors are in serious trouble as a result of today’s stage.  For example, Orlando Terranova finished 27 minutes behind Al-Attiyah.  Mikko Hirvonen’s chances of a top finish have disappeared.  He needed repairs on the special stage which resulted in him finishing a little more than 2 hours behind today’s winner.

The current Overall Car Class standings are shown below.  Stephan Peterhansel has now made his way to the front of the field.  He might stay there for a while.  He has put Loeb and Al-Attiyah in a position where they are going to have to press to keep Peterhansel from driving away with the event.  Pressing at the Dakar can lead to crashes.

2018 Dakar Rally Day 3/Stage 3 Car Class Overall Standings

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 06H 34′ 58”
2  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 06H 38′ 09” + 00H 03′ 11”
3  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 06H 42′ 41” + 00H 07′ 43”
4  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 06H 45′ 09” + 00H 10′ 11”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 06H 46′ 21” + 00H 11′ 23”
6  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 06H 49′ 45” + 00H 14′ 47”
7  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 07H 06′ 16” + 00H 31′ 18”
8  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 07H 10′ 17” + 00H 35′ 19”
9  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 07H 13′ 54” + 00H 38′ 56” 00H 10′ 00”
10  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 07H 18′ 54” + 00H 43′ 56”

The field is starting to spread out.  Note that the car that currently is 10th Overall is almost 44 minutes behind the leader!

If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Dakar, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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