Alvarez and Ranger storm the sand.
Four MINI ALL4 Racing at the top of the leaderboard
On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014
In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.
Joan Barreda shone again with a flawless navigation.
Nani Roma defends his overall lead.
Spain's Joan Barreda took his third victory in the 2014 edition, beating overall leader Marc Coma by 4′03″ at the end of a historic stage that took the Dakar to its 28th country
The Dakar has given the association a total of 661,000 dollars since 2009.
Four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top 5.
Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue finished the 260 km competitive stage in 14th place.
Three MINI ALL4 Racing hold the top-three positions in the overall standings.
In the truck race, still dominated by Gerard De Rooy, Peter Versluis recorded the day’ best time.
Joan Barreda and his machine are in perfect shape and he is eager to attack the overall leader during the second week.
The Bavarian team and its riders delievered another set of solid performances on a day when it was important to arrive safely.
The Ford crew continues to race in the toughest rally in the world.
Dry grass branches collected in the engine protection and caught fire near the hot exhaust during the extreme riding conditions in the deep sand.
Roma and the MINI ALL4 Racing, which is modified by the Germany-based X-raid Team to excel in the tough Dakar conditions, mastered it all.
Chicherit last year successfully completed the world’s first-ever, unassisted car back flip, already seen by over 5 million people on YouTube (watch bellow).