2018 Stage 7: The Mighty Has Fallen

The Rest Day in La Paz is over and today the competitors started out on the second portion of the 2018 Dakar Rally.  I was beginning to think that this event was going to end one way, but it appears that it is going to end a different way.  Today’s Stage 7, shown below, included 302km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green) and 425km of timed special stage (shown in red).

Stage 7 Route

The profile of the timed portion of Stage 4 is shown below.  As can be seen the elevation is generally high, but except for the end there is not a great deal of elevation change.

Stage 7 Profile

The results of Stage 7 are shown below.  Carlos Sainz won the stage by 12 minutes over Giniel De Villiers in second place and 14 minutes over Nasser Al-Attiyah in third place.  The leader at the halfway point, Stephane Peterhansel, had some serious problems and finished in 20th position about 1 hour 48 minutes behind Sainz.

2018 Dakar Stage 7 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 49′ 26”
2 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 01′ 31” + 00H 12′ 05”
3 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 03′ 45” + 00H 14′ 19”
4 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 05H 10′ 22” + 00H 20′ 56”
5 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 05H 13′ 23” + 00H 23′ 57”
6 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 05H 18′ 15” + 00H 28′ 49”
7 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 20′ 59” + 00H 31′ 33”
8 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 05H 28′ 56” + 00H 39′ 30”
9 317  BORIS GARAFULIC

FILIPE PALMEIRO

X-RAID TEAM 05H 44′ 08” + 00H 54′ 42”
10 334  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 05H 46′ 47” + 00H 57′ 21”

I thought Peterhansel was going to be able to cruise to the end managing the gap between him and Sainz, but this year’s Dakar has been full of surprises.

Peterhansel Once He Got Underway Today

A rock hidden in a puddle cost Peterhansel over an hour and half and possibly his chances for a fourteenth Dakar victory.

Peterhansel said: “We were on a long straight with big puddles. A quad was stopped nearby, so I moved to the side and I heard a deafening crash. The entire rear was in bits and pieces: suspension, transmission shaft, shock absorbers… everything was smashed up. What we did was cannibalize Cyril’s car. We spent 1 h 50 min patching it up. But my smile stays on, this wasn’t a make-or-break moment for my career. It’s just a blow to our morale and some damage on the 300.”

Peterhansel Explains His Problems

The overall result is that Carlos Sainz now has a 1 hour 12 minute lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah in second place.  Peterhansel, despite the major loss of time is still in third place.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings After Stage 7

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 21H 41′ 38”
2 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 22H 53′ 07” + 01H 11′ 29”
3 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 23H 02′ 24” + 01H 20′ 46”
4 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 23H 02′ 32” + 01H 20′ 54”
5 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 23H 06′ 42” + 01H 25′ 04”
6 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 24H 00′ 40” + 02H 19′ 02”
7 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 24H 04′ 17” + 02H 22′ 39” 00H 10′ 00”
8 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 24H 23′ 04” + 02H 41′ 26”
9 334  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 26H 05′ 13” + 04H 23′ 35”
10 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 26H 55′ 54” + 05H 14′ 16”

I have given up trying to think what will happen next at this year’s Dakar as almost each day there have been major changes.

One thing that I have found very annoying is that NBCSN has been moving their Dakar daily highlights show around at different time slots almost every day.  It makes even watching the Dakar a challenge.

If you have any questions or comments on this post, then please 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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