2018 Dakar Stage 10 Results

Stage 10 of the 2018 Dakar is now in the books.  Yesterday’s Stage 9 was cancelled which helps those at the front, but limits opportunity for advancement for those who are chasing.  Stage 10 is made up of a long 424km liaison or transit stage (shown in green below) and a long 373km timed special stage that was 373km long (shown in red below).

Stage 10 Plan

One unusual aspect of Stage 10 is the checkpoint on the liaison.  I suppose it is to provide an opportunity to get fuel, but I would have assumed that competitors would find their own time in the liaison to fuel their cars.  Perhaps there is a town at that location and they are trying to conduct a temporary car show for the inhabitants at the control point.

Stage 10 Profile

This is time in the rally when competitors start to look at defending positions which can involve following a competitor, so that you only lose a defined amount of time to that competitor.  For example if you wait for a competitor who starts the stage 4 minutes behind and then follow him, no matter what speed he goes then you know that you will lose 4 minutes to him.  If you do not wait but go your separate ways, then you do not know how fast your competitor is pushing and you risk making a navigation mistake or accident by driving into unknown conditions as it is much easier to watch what happens to the car ahead of you and then follow the good track or avoid the bad track.  The defined loss strategy works when you have a comfortable lead.

If competitors wait for competitors behind them then consider this.  The first ten cars start at three minute intervals, cars in start positions 11 through 20 start at 2 minute intervals, and the remainder of the cars start at one minute intervals.

Today’s stage was won by Stephane Peterhansel who won by almost 9 minutes , but more importantly Peterhansel cut Carlos Sainz’ lead by 13 minutes with Sainz’ third place finish.

Nasser Al-Attiyah finished in 10th position 29 minutes back of Peterhansel and significantly slower than his competitors in the overall standings.

The top ten finishers in today’s Stage 10 are presented below:

2018 Stage 10 Car Class Results

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

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 43′ 46”
2  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 52′ 32” + 00H 08′ 46”
3  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 56′ 53” + 00H 13′ 07”
4  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 05H 02′ 57” + 00H 19′ 11”
5  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 06′ 08” + 00H 22′ 22”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 05H 07′ 28” + 00H 23′ 42”
7  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 05H 08′ 16” + 00H 24′ 30”
8  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 05H 10′ 45” + 00H 26′ 59”
9  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 05H 11′ 27” + 00H 27′ 41”
10  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 05H 13′ 02” + 00H 29′ 16”

 

With today’s stage victory, Stéphane Peterhansel has moved into 2nd place in the overall standings. He is now 50 minutes behind Sainz’ and it will be difficult to catch Sainz unless some misfortune falls upon Sainz.

Peterhansel said: “There was a lot of rios (rivers), a lot of off-track. When we took the tracks, they were completely destroyed. It was a really long day again and we tried to push. We did not make any mistakes, but we are a little bit tired this evening. Tomorrow will be a little bit like today and today it was a really important stage… not easy, and I think tomorrow in Fiambala it will be the same”.

Nasser Al Attiyah’s focus is no longer winning the 2018 Dakar.  He is in third place and he wants to maintain that last step on the podium.

Nasser Al-Attiyah After Stage 10

Nasser Al-Attiyah said: “The rear triangle broke all by itself. We couldn’t repair anything, so we decided to just continue for the last 70 km, but we were going so slowly. We are still in third overall. Okay, we lost a lot of time, but it is good that we are here. It just broke by itself, with only 60 or 70 km left. We tried to keep second overall, but now we are third overall and we will try to keep hold of it. It will be difficult to attack tomorrow. But we’ll see what we can do”.

The current overall standing in the car class are shown below:

2018 Overall Car Class Standings After Stage 10

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

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 32H 10′ 53” 00H 10′ 00”
2  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 33H 01′ 28” + 00H 50′ 35”
3  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 23′ 39” + 01H 12′ 46”
4  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 33′ 08” + 01H 22′ 15”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 33H 33′ 41” + 01H 22′ 48”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 34H 40′ 04” + 02H 29′ 11”
7  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 35H 02′ 39” + 02H 51′ 46”
8  PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN

MACIEJ MARTON

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 37H 44′ 07” + 05H 33′ 14”
9  SEBASTIAN HALPERN

EDU PULENTA

SOUTH RACING 39H 51′ 32” + 07H 40′ 39”
10  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 40H 47′ 11” + 08H 36′ 18”

Note that Nasser Al-Attiyah is in third overall, but he is only 10 minutes out of fifth.  Therefore he has reason to be concerned.  The two Toyota drivers, behind him in 4th and 5th position are only separated by about 30 seconds!  Very close in the Dakar and for the distance driven.

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