Dakar: Stage 10 Nema to Nema notes

Nema to Nema Connection: 10 km - Special: 366 km - Connection: 24 km Total: 400 km General: 05:43 - STAGE 10: NEMA -- NEMA 400 km, including 366 against the clock, are on the menu of this tenth stage. This is a loop special stage where ...

Nema to Nema
Connection: 10 km - Special: 366 km - Connection: 24 km
Total: 400 km

General:

05:43 - STAGE 10: NEMA -- NEMA
400 km, including 366 against the clock, are on the menu of this tenth stage. This is a loop special stage where competitors will encounter their last sand dunes before moving on to savannah terrain. A curvy route but a fast one as well, which should not help get big gaps... The different leaders of the different categories should play it safe, unless the Mitsubishi benefit right away from the misfortunes of Volkswagen to go get their first stage victory of this year's Dakar.

10:00 - START OF LIVE COVERAGE
Welcome to all. The surprising winner of the ninth stage, Latvian Janis Vinters was the first one to get to grips with the day's special stage at 7h00 GMT as scheduled.

Bike:

10:01 - 142 bikers at the start of stage 10
142 bikers still in the race started the tenth stage this morning. 4 bikers are considered as not having started, i.e. Nr 88, 179, 184 and 264.

Car:

10:01 - It's a go for cars!...
After winning the tenth stage yesterday, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser was the first car to start the day's special stage at 8h22 GMT as scheduled

Bike:

10:09 - 210 - When in the desert...
Nr 210, JANOS DESI - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Victim of a broken engine at km 422 of the 9th special stage, biker Janos Desi spent the night in the desert waiting for the broom truck. A freezing cold night but also -- and more importantly -- a psychologically hard night as the Hungarian did not dare dose off afraid he would miss the broom truck!

10:19 - Coma in the lead at CP1
Nr 1, MARC COMA - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
As the three first bikes passed CP1 (km186), Spaniard Marc Coma was provisionally timed in the lead of the day's special stage, 55" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres and 2'01 in front of Latvian Janis Vinters.

10:50 - Rodrigues in the lead at CP1
Nr 10, HELDER RODRIGUES - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
As the first 20 bikes passed at CP1 (km186), Portuguese Helder Rodrigues, who already won the 2nd special stage, was provisionally in the lead of the day's special stage, 2'00 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma and 2'55 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres

11:26 - car

313 - Trouble for Sousa... Nr 313, SOUSA/SCHULZ - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION Having stopped for almost 40 minutes at km 65 of the day's special stage, due to a transmission problem, Portuguese Carlos Sousa is now back in the race but with two-wheel drive only.

11:34 - Cucurachi is resisting...
Nr 88, ENNIO CUCURACHI - KTM, MARATHON
Registered as not having started today's special stage, Italian biker Ennio Cucurachi received a special derogation of the bike jury to go on with the raid and is now on km 10 of the day's special stage.

11:36 - Rodrigues in the lead at CP2
Nr 10, HELDER RODRIGUES - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
As the first 20 bikes passed CP2 (km259), Portuguese Helder Rodrigues was provisionally timed in the lead of the day's special stage, 2'09 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma and 3'07 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres.

Car:

11:38 - Masuoka in the lead at CP1
Nr 306, MASUOKA/MAIMON - MITSUBISHI, SUPER PRODUCTION
As the first 4 cars passed CP1 (km 186), Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka, winner of the Dakar in 2002 and 2003, was provisionally timed in the lead of the day's special stage, 16" ahead of his teammate Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, and 1'57 ahead of last title holder Luc Alphand.

12:12 - Al-Attiyah and Gordon in the lead at CP1 (auto) (dossard 309)
No. 309, AL-ATTIYAH/GUEHENNEC - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
No. 320, GORDON/GRIDER - HUMMER, OPEN
As the first 12 cars passed through CP1 (after 186 km), Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and American Robby Gordon were joint virtual leaders of the day's special stage with the same time of 1hr.56'49, 1" ahead of American Mark Miller and 6" in front of Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka.

12:15 - 329 - Transmission problem for Holowczyc
No. 329, HOLOWCZYC/FORTIN - NISSAN, SUPER PRODUCTION
After a transmission problem at km 63, Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc has managed to repair and has set off again on the day's special stage. He has now reached the 92 km mark.

12:17 - Broken gear-box for Thomasse
No. 377, THOMASSE/LARROQUE - BUGGY, SUPER PRODUCTION
Having stopped due to a broken gear box after 125 km of the special stage, Frenchman Pascal Thomasse has not been able to repair it, even with the aid of his assistance team, and is now waiting for the broom truck.

12:36 - Vigouroux heading for Dakar
No. 328, VIGOUROUX/WINOCQ - CHEVROLET, OPEN
The drive shaft that he broke during the Atar-Tichit stage prevented the French team of Eric Vigouroux and Alexandre Winocq from taking starter's orders in yesterday's special stage, meaning that they were disqualified. The crew are now heading for Dakar.

12:39 - Masuoka leads at CP2
No. 306, MASUOKA/MAIMON - MITSUBISHI, SUPER PRODUCTION
With the first 8 cars through CP2 (after 259 km), Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka provisionally leads the day's special stage, 43" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and 50" in front of American Mark Miller.

Bike:

12:49 - 2nd special stage victory for Rodrigues
No. 10, HELDER RODRIGUES - YAMAHA, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 7 bikes have completed the 10th special stage, Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues has won his 2nd special stage of the rally, 44" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma and 51" in front of Frenchman Cyril Despres.

Truck:

13:20 - Tomecek leads at CP1
No. 519, TOMECEK/MORAVEK/LALA -- TATRA
Now that the first 11 trucks have passed through CP1 (after 186 km), Czech Tomas Tomecek is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 1'06" ahead of Brazilian Andre de Azevedo and 1'48 in front of Dutchman Arjan Brouwer.

Car:

14:07 - 1st special stage victory for Al-Attiyah
No. 309, AL-ATTIYAH/GUEHENNEC - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 7 cars have finished the 10th special stage, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah has picked up his first special stage victory on the Dakar, 28" ahead of Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka and 2'08 in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, leader of the general rankings.

Truck:

14:11 - Brouwer in the lead at CP2
No. 530, BROUWER/KOETSIER/VAN VEENENDAAL - GINAF
Now that the first 9 trucks have passed through CP2 (after 259 km), Dutchman Arjan Brouwer is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 2'01 ahead of Czech Tomas Tomecek and 3'18 in front of Brazilian Andre de Azevedo.

Car:

14:16 - Chabot stops...
No. 325, CHABOT/PILLOT - TOYOTA, PRODUCTION
After mechanical problems at 173 of the special stage, the French team of Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot are now awaiting their assistance, before being able to restart the special stage

14:24 - Smulevici puts on his mechanics cap
No. 365, SMULEVICI/BROUSSE - NISSAN, SUPER PRODUCTION
The record holder for participations in the Dakar (it is his 25th this year) has broken an axle tie after 170 km and reckons that he will need an hour and a half to repair the problem before setting off again on the day's special stage.

14:46 - Miller in 3rd
No. 305, MILLER/PITCHFORD - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 26 cars have completed the day's special stage, American Mark Miller has finished in third position 1'49 behind the day's winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, but 19" in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, who is now classed 4th.

Truck:

15:35 - 1st special stage victory for Brouwer
No. 530, BROUWER/KOETSIER/VAN VEENENDAAL -- GINAF
Now that the first 8 trucks have completed the 10th special stage, Dutchman Arjan Brouwer has triumphed for the first time on a stage of the Dakar, 7'33 ahead of Brazilian Andre de Azevedo and 9'21 in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev.

Bike:

18:17 - Stage 10 summary
Pending validation, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) picked up his 2nd stage victory on the rally with a scratch time of 4h.12'55, as well as in the 450 cc category, 44" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 51" in front of Frenchman Cyril Despres. In the general rankings, Coma now boasts a lead of 54'43 over Despres. In the Marathon category, Latvian Janis Vinters (KTM) was again successful, with an excellent 4th-placed scratch time. Finally, in the quad category, Spaniard Carlos Avendano (Suzuki) was victorious.

Car:

18:22 - Stage 10 summary
Pending validation, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) recorded his first stage victory on the Dakar with a time of 3h.49'48, 28" ahead of Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi) and 1'49 in front of American Mark Miller (VW). In 4th place 2'08 behind, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) still leads the general rankings, with a lead of 9'56 over his team-mate Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi). In the two-wheel drive category, victory went to Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser (Buggy Schlesser), with the 7th-placed scratch time. In the Open category, American Robby Gordon (Hummer) triumphed with the 23rd-placed scratch time. Finally, in the Production category, Japanese driver Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) was victorious.

Truck:

18:25 - Stage 10 summary
Pending validation, Dutchman Arjan Brouwer (Ginaf) won his first special scratch time stage on the Dakar with a time of 4h.36'22, 7'33 ahead of Brazilian Andre De Azevedo (Tatra) and 9'21 in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz). The Russian thus reduces his deficit on Hans Stacey to 2h.50'04. More than ever, the Dutchman enjoys a solid lead at the top of the general rankings.

General:

18:27 - 279 vehicles have made it through the special stage
At 18.15 GMT, 140 bikes, 102 cars and 37 trucks had made it through the tenth special stage and were heading toward or had already arrived at the bivouac in Nema, the finishing point of this 10th stage.

-credit: dakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Luc Alphand , Jean-Louis Schlesser , Hiroshi Masuoka , Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sousa , Cyril Despres , Tomas Tomecek , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Jun Mitsuhashi , Andre de Azevedo , Krzysztof Holowczyc , Hans Stacey , Helder Rodrigues , Ronan Chabot , Arjan Brouwer , Alexandre Winocq , Janis Vinters , Pascal Thomasse , Gilles Pillot