2018 Dakar Day 6: Peterhansel Settles In

Day 6 of 2018 Dakar is in the books and it seems like today there was no major drama at the front of the car class field. Day 6 had 447km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and 313km of timed stage (shown in red below).  The route has taken the competitors from Peru into Bolivia.

Day 6 Route

The profile of the Day 6 route is shown below.  The direction of travel along the profile is from left to right.  While the timed stage is long, from an elevation change perspective it does not look particularly daunting.

Day 6 Profile

Today’s stage winner was Carlos Sainz who finished about 4 minutes ahead of his Peugeot teammate, Stephane Peterhansel.  I believe that Dakar favorite, Stephane Peterhansel  would call today’s stage quite successful.  Merely losing 4 minutes to Sainz while not having to take any risks by pushing would likely be considered by Peterhansel as an acceptable risk/reward scenario at this time of the Dakar rally.

After the stage Peterhansel said: “For sure, it was completely different. The tracks are easier. It’s easy navigation. The main problem is altitude for the driver and for the engine. We lost a lot of power and we lost concentration – you know, the brain also works in slow motion, so it was a little bit complicated. But today for me it was like a transition. We took no risks at all to finish the stage, just to arrive in a good position in La Paz”.

While Peterhansel lost 4 minutes to Sainz, he essentially held station with his remaining competitors.

2018 Dakar Day 6/Stage 6 Car Class Results

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

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 53′ 30”
2 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 57′ 36” + 00H 04′ 06”
3 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 58′ 35” + 00H 05′ 05”
4 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 59′ 01” + 00H 05′ 31”
5 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 02′ 19” + 00H 08′ 49”
6 305  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 03H 02′ 26” + 00H 08′ 56”
7 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 03′ 01” + 00H 09′ 31”
8 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 03H 05′ 56” + 00H 12′ 26”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 03H 06′ 01” + 00H 12′ 31”
10 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 03H 06′ 09” + 00H 12′ 39”

The Overall Car Class standings are shown below.  Peterhansel is still comfortably in the lead and who along with his Peugeot teammate, Carlos Sainz are far ahead of three Toyotas entrants in positions 3, 4, and 5.

2018 Dakar Overall Car Class Standings After Day 6/Stage 6

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

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 16H 25′ 02”
2  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 16H 52′ 12” + 00H 27′ 10”
3  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 17H 45′ 43” + 01H 20′ 41”
4  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 17H 49′ 22” + 01H 24′ 20”
5  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 18H 01′ 01” + 01H 35′ 59”
6  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 18H 50′ 18” + 02H 25′ 16”
7  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 18H 50′ 54” + 02H 25′ 52” 00H 10′ 00”
8  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 18H 54′ 08” + 02H 29′ 06”
9  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 18H 56′ 00” + 02H 30′ 58”
10  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 19H 50′ 37” + 03H 25′ 35” 00H 24′ 00”

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2018 Dakar Day 5: Another Significant Day

Yesterday I said that it was a significant day, well I guess I have to say that Day 5 was a significant day as well.  I’ll get into that shortly.  In the car class the route consisted of 666km of liaison or transit distance (shown in green below) and included 266km (shown in green below) of timed stage.

 

Day 5 Route

The profile of the timed stage is shown below.  Except for the run along the ocean there is lots of elevation change.

 

Day 5 Profile

The significance of Day 5 is that Dakar favorite Sébastien Loeb had his hopes for a victory this year get stuck in a dune. Loeb was forced to withdraw from his third Dakar after spending over two hours stuck in the sand. Co-driver Daniel Elena was too much in pain to start the second special after hurting his tailbone on the descent from a dune.

Leob’s vehicle is shown below.

Loeb’s 2018 Dakar Has Come To An End

Monsieur Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel won today’s stage by almost 5 minutes over Bernhard Ten Brinke in a Toyota.  Giniel De Villiers was third, also in a Toyota.  Peterhansel’s remaining Peugeot teammates, Carlo Sainz finished 4th and Cyril Depres finished 9th over 37 minutes behind Peterhansel.  The day’s top 10 stage results are shown below.

2018 Dakar Day 5/Stage 5 Car Class Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 51′ 19”
2 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 02H 56′ 11” + 00H 04′ 52”
3 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 04′ 06” + 00H 12′ 47”
4 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 09′ 29” + 00H 18′ 10”
5 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 15′ 52” + 00H 24′ 33”
6 307  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 03H 15′ 57” + 00H 24′ 38”
7 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 03H 16′ 58” + 00H 25′ 39”
8 329  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 03H 24′ 35” + 00H 33′ 16”
9 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 28′ 55” + 00H 37′ 36”
10 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 03H 32′ 32” + 00H 41′ 13”

This event has been full of surprises but with Stephane Peterhansel having a 31 minute lead over a teammate it looks like things might start to be locked down despite it only being the end of Day 5.  Sainz in second place is 45 minutes ahead of Ten Brinke.  So it’s hard to justify Sainz pushing too hard as it might be fruitless to try to catch Peterhansel and he is comfortably ahead of Ten Brinke so why risk crashing when he might be “locked” into second place.  The Overall Car Class standings after Day 5/Stage 5 are shown below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Overall Standings Day 5/Stage 5

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 13H 27′ 26”
2 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 13H 58′ 42” + 00H 31′ 16”
3 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 14H 42′ 42” + 01H 15′ 16”
4 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 14H 50′ 47” + 01H 23′ 21”
5 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 15H 02′ 00” + 01H 34′ 34”
6 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 15H 14′ 14” + 01H 46′ 48”
7 335  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 15H 29′ 23” + 02H 01′ 57”
8 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 15H 44′ 09” + 02H 16′ 43”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 15H 44′ 53” + 02H 17′ 27” 00H 10′ 00”
10 329  PATRICK SIREYJOL

FRANCOIS-XAVIER BEGUIN

CUMMINS FRANCE 16H 25′ 48” + 02H 58′ 22” 00H 24′ 00”

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2018 Dakar Day 4: The Peugeot Team Starts To Dominate

Today was a very meaningful day in the 2018 Dakar.  The route today was a “circular” route where the competitors ended the day at the same place where they started the day.  The Day 4 route is shown below.  The route started out with a 114km transit, shown in green, from San Juan De Marcona to the special stage departure location.  The special timed stage, shown in red, was 330km long with 4 checkpoints.

Day 4 Route

Today the route had a substantial amount of elevation change as shown in the profile below.  The elevations went from 0 to 2,000 meters.  This would be a challenging day and the stage times reflected this challenge.

Day 4 Profile

There were essentially 2 stories today.  One story is how well the Peugeot team did and the other story is how badly everyone else did.  Look at the stage results from today presented below.

2018 Dakar Car Class Class Day 4 Results

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 306  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 57′ 53”
2 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 59′ 28” + 00H 01′ 35”
3 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 04H 01′ 09” + 00H 03′ 16”
4 305  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 04H 32′ 29” + 00H 34′ 36”
5 335  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 04H 33′ 39” + 00H 35′ 46”
6 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 04H 38′ 22” + 00H 40′ 29”
7 318  LUCIO ALVAREZ

ROBERT HOWIE

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 04H 38′ 58” + 00H 41′ 05”
8 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 04H 40′ 15” + 00H 42′ 22”
9 314  YAZEED AL RAJHI

TIMO GOTTSCHALK

X-RAID TEAM 04H 40′ 58” + 00H 43′ 05”
10 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 04H 44′ 57” + 00H 47′ 04”

Note that the Peugeot team took the top three places, with the third place car, Stephane Peterhansel, only 3 minutes 16 seconds behind the stage winner, Sebastien Loeb.  Then there is a sharp drop off.  The fourth place car was over 34 minutes behind Loeb and it gets worse from there.  This day’s results sets the Peugeot team up for a podium sweep.

Al-Attiyah Had a Bad Day Today

Nasser Al-Attiyah went from one mishap to another on Stage 4 and now lies almost one hour behind general standings leader Stéphane Peterhansel.

“It was a very difficult day. We had two flat tires at the beginning and afterwards we took care because we didn’t have any spares. At the first dunes, we went into a big hole and got stuck for thirty minutes, before it happened a second time. We lost pressure in one of the tires. We tried to put air back in and we were stuck again for thirty or twenty minutes. It was a really difficult day for us. We’re here now at the finish and we’ll see what we can do. We need to push at maximum pace and we’ll see what we can do. It was really not easy. We had two flat tires and then we had to look after the tires for the remaining 220 kilometers. Then just suddenly we got stuck. It was not easy to get out quickly. It was a bad day for us. Nothing is finished, but we will try as from tomorrow. Anything can happen. It’s still a long race.

The Overall standings are presented below.

2018 Dakar Overall Day 4 Car Class Standings

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALITY
1 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 10H 36′ 07”
2 306  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 10H 43′ 02” + 00H 06′ 55”
3 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 10H 49′ 13” + 00H 13′ 06”
4 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 11H 34′ 55” + 00H 58′ 48”
5 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 11H 46′ 31” + 01H 10′ 24”
6 335  EUGENIO AMOS

SEBASTIEN DELAUNAY

TWO WHEELS DRIVE 11H 55′ 49” + 01H 19′ 42”
7 319  SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI

XAVIER PANSERI

PH-SPORT 11H 57′ 16” + 01H 21′ 09”
8 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 11H 57′ 54” + 01H 21′ 47”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 11H 58′ 51” + 01H 22′ 44” 00H 10′ 00”
10 312  JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

TOM COLSOUL

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID 12H 11′ 37” + 01H 35′ 30”

 

Now everyone has to figure out how to catch the Peugeot team.

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British Iron Association Of Massachusetts 2018 Motorcycle Show

I am a member of the British Iron Association Of Massachusetts, a motorcycle club made up of enthusiasts of British motorcycles.  I ride my Triumph Bonneville with this group.  Our club has an annual motorcycle show each spring at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, Massachusetts.  I attend this show every year that I am able.  Just this week the flyer for this year’s event has just been finalized.

British Iron Association Of Massachusetts 2018 Motorcycle Show Flyer

I recommend to anyone in the New England area who has an interest British motorcycles that they attend this show.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the show this year, as I will be at the start of the 2018 Trans-America Challenge car rally in Charleston, South Carolina.  So if you can’t make to the Trans-America Challenge, then go to the 2018 British Iron Association of Massachusetts motorcycle show on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

My Triumph Bonneville

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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!

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Dakar 2018 Day 2: Now It Gets Serious

Today was Day 2 of the 2018 Dakar Rally.  Now the serious Dakar rallying begins.  Today’s rally route was rather simple as there was only 11km of transit driving.  Following that was a 267km long timed stage.  Today’s rally route is shown below.  As can be seen it was mostly a circular route.  This would be good news for the service crews.

Route For Day 2 Of The 2018 Dakar Rally

The profile of today’s route is shown below.  The route went from left to right in the profile.  As can be seen the route was mostly on a plateau with a noticeable climb at the beginning and a valley at about the 3/4 mark of the stage.  Most of the route was sandy.

Day 2 Dakar Rally Route Ground Profile

The 2018 Dakar Day 2 stage winner in the car category was Cyril Depres in his Peugeot.  Depres was a multi-time winner in the motorcycle class, but recently has begun to compete in the Dakar Rally as a car driver.

Cyril Depres Won Stage 2 In The Car Class

After his stage victory Depres said:”I wasn’t expecting something like this… I’m delighted to make it out in one piece. There big, easy to climb dunes as well as very soft plateaus. We saw Carlos, Przygonsky and others stuck in the sand… We wanted to avoid that. Our strength lies in the depth of our field, so we didn’t get all worked up. David did an awesome job navigating, with no backtracking or nasty surprises. It’s great to get a feel for the race. I feel more relaxed now… It’s a good sign!”

Stephane Peterhansel finished second 48 seconds behind Depres, with Sebastien Loeb finishing third, 3 minute 8 seconds behind Depres.  The top ten results in the Car Class are presented below.

Day 2/Stage 2 Results In The Car Class 

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 56′ 51”
2 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 57′ 39” + 00H 00′ 48”
3 306  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 02H 59′ 59” + 00H 03′ 08”
4 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 04′ 17” + 00H 07′ 26”
5 307  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 03H 09′ 44” + 00H 12′ 53”
6 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 10′ 00” + 00H 13′ 09”
7 305  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 03H 10′ 41” + 00H 13′ 50”
8 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 11′ 42” + 00H 14′ 51”
9 311  MARTIN PROKOP

JAN TOMANEK

MP-SPORTS 03H 11′ 55” + 00H 15′ 04”
10 316  RONAN CHABOT

GILLES PILLOT

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA 03H 13′ 04” + 00H 16′ 13”

 

Cyril Depres takes over the overall lead in the Car Class after Day 2.  I am somewhat surprised by the time behind the leader that some of the top ten teams have at this very early stage of the Dakar Rally.

The overall standings in the Car Class are shown below.

2018 Dakar Overall Car Class Standings After Day 2/Stage

POS. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION
1 308  CYRIL DESPRES

DAVID CASTERA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 21′ 18”
2 300  STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

JEAN PAUL COTTRET

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 21′ 45” + 00H 00′ 27”
3 304  GINIEL DE VILLIERS

DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 27′ 02” + 00H 05′ 44”
4 306  SEBASTIEN LOEB

DANIEL ELENA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 27′ 27” + 00H 06′ 09”
5 301  NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

MATTHIEU BAUMEL

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 33′ 33” + 00H 12′ 15”
6 307  ORLANDO TERRANOVA

BERNARDO GRAUE

X-RAID TEAM 03H 34′ 08” + 00H 12′ 50”
7 305  MIKKO HIRVONEN

ANDREAS SCHULZ

X-RAID TEAM 03H 34′ 08” + 00H 12′ 50”
8 303  CARLOS SAINZ

LUCAS CRUZ

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL 03H 34′ 30” + 00H 13′ 12”
9 309  BERNHARD TEN BRINKE

MICHEL PERIN

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 03H 39′ 01” + 00H 17′ 43”
10 302  NANI ROMA

ALEX HARO BRAVO

X-RAID TEAM 03H 42′ 06” + 00H 20′ 48”

 

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Examples Of Rallying In “Frog Eye” Or “Bug Eye” Sprites

Recently I posted about a book “Modified Motoring” that I had acquired that was written by Austin Healey Sprite guru John Sprinzel.  That post about John Sprinzel sparked an interest in other folks who rallied the Austin Healey Sprite Mk1 in its original body shape.  I was able to find a couple of other examples.  The image below, found in “BMC Competitions Department Secrets”, shows Tommy Wisdom with Douglas Johns competing in a Sprite in the 1959 Monte Carlo Rally.

Tommy Wisdom/Douglas Johns At The 1959 Monte Carlo Rally

When the Austin Healey Sprite Mk 1 was first introduced it soon became affectionately known as the “Bug Eye” Sprite in the USA and as the “Frog Eye” Sprite in the United Kingdom.  These nicknames were as a result of the headlights that were prominently mounted on the hood.  Initially it was intended that the headlights would be retracted when not in use, but cost cutting by BMC led to the retraction mechanism being deleted, therefore the headlights were simply fixed in a permanently upright position.

Within a few years many race and rally competitors used a modified, more streamlined hood and front fender shape which was much improved aerodynamically.

The image below from “Works Wonders” by Marcus Chambers shows Tommy Wisdom taking part in a test (note that there is no navigator) in the 1959 Sestriere Rally in February in the same car as took part in the 1959 Monte Carlo Rally.

Tommy Wisdom Driving A Sprite In The 1959 Sestriere Rally

“Monte Carlo Rally: The Golden Years” by Graham Robson shows that Tommy Wisdom was still competing in an Austin Healey Sprite Mk1 in the 1961 Monte Carlo Rally as shown below.

Tommy Wisdom/Jack Hay In The 1961 Monte Carlo Rally

The Austin Healey Sprite was designed to be a very affordable sports car.  As a result, where possible, BMC used parts that they had readily available.  The standard Austin Healey Sprite MK1 engine was the 43 horsepower, 948 cc overhead valve engine derived from the Austin A35 and Morris Minor 1000 models, but upgraded with twin 1​18 inch SU carburetors. The rack and pinion steering was derived from the Morris Minor 1000 and the front suspension from the Austin A35.  This combination seemed to be successful for BMC.

If you have any comments or questions about the Austin Healey MK1 Sprite or this post, 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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