Dakar: Stage ten Zilla - Sarir notes

Stage 10: Saturday 11th January 2003 Liaison: 31 km - Special stage: 521 km - Liaison: 2 km - Total: 554 km O9:33 - Another very fast changing stage with 130kms of sand tracks followed by off-road sections until Sarir. The only difficulty of...

Stage 10:
Saturday 11th January 2003

Liaison: 31 km - Special stage: 521 km - Liaison: 2 km - Total: 554 km

O9:33 - Another very fast changing stage with 130kms of sand tracks followed by off-road sections until Sarir. The only difficulty of the day concerns 30kms of Erg crossings and the competitors won’t be allowed to use their GPS systems to make things tougher. The special finishes in dune landscapes by the petrol base that sees the end of the stage. For those finishing after dark, the light coming from the base will be used as a signal to find the way in these huge portions of sand.

Hiroshi Masuoka and Andreas Schulz.
Photo by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

Motobikes:
10:27 - At CP1 after 132kms of the special between Sabha and Sarir, Meoni (KTM - n.1) is the fastest, 59sec on Despres (KTM n.7), 1min27on Lundmark (KTM - n.16), 1min57 on Sainct (KTM - n.3).

10:27 - Just before CP2 , Fabrizio Meoni (KTM - n.1) appears to have engine problems on his bike.

Cars:
10:28 - At km 40, Luc Alphand (BMW - n.221) has stopped with mechanical problems. The direction of the Frenchman's car appears to be broken.

10:32 - Just after CP1, after 132kms, Ari Vatanen (Nissan - n.204) has punctured a tyre.

Motobikes:
10:48 - At CP2, after 312kms, PG Lundmark (KTM - n.16) is the fastest. Second is Sainct (KTM - n.3) at 1min05 followed by Coma (KTM - n.10) at 3min24. Meoni (KTM - n.1) is 4min32 adrift with engine problems.

Cars:
11:00 - At CP1 after 132kms of the special between Sabha and Sarir, Masuoka (Mitsubishi - n.200) has the fastest time. Second is Peterhansel (Mitsubishi - n.206) at 13sec followed by Vatanen (Nissan - n.204) at 1min32. Fourth is Biasion (Mitsubishi - n.207) at 2min08. De Mevius (BMW - n.205) is at 12min29 after stopping for mechanical reasons.

11:53 - After suffering directional problems on his BMW, Luc Alphand (BMW - n.221) has just made it to CP1 over half an hour off the pace of the best time set by Masuoka.

12:03 - At CP2, after 312kms, Masuoka (Mitsubishin - n.200) still has the best time. Second is Peterhansel (Mitsubishi - n.206), 1min26 behind. Fontenay (Mitsubishi - n.202) is at 5min22. Vatanen (Nissan - 204) at 9min33.

Motobikes:
12:04 - At CP3, after 435kms, Lundmark is still the fastest ahead of Sainct, 3'15 adrift. Meoni is well behind after engine problems. He's 25min20 behind.

12:50 - On the finish line after 567kms of special PG Lundmark (KTM - n.16) has the best time of the day. Second is Despres (KTM - n.7) at 3min47, Sainct (KTM - n.3) is third at 4min34, followed by De Gavardo (KTM - n.5) at 4min36.

Truck:
12:51 - Gerardus De Rooy (DAF - n.414) has just made it at CP1 after 132kms, over 25minutes off the fastest pace set by De Azevedo. Father Jan (DAF - 409) went through with the fourth time, 4min03sec behind.

Motobikes:
13:14 - Fabrizio Meoni (KTM - n.1) has just crossed the finish line of the special, 40min58 after the day's winner Lundmark.

In the overall, Sainct leads ahead of Despres by 11min03. Meoni is third at 37min34.

Cars:
13:15 - At CP3, after 435kms, Masuoka (Mitsubishi - n.200) keeps the fastest time with 2min29 ahead of Peterhansel (Mitsubishi - n.206).

13:36 - On the finish line of the special between Zilla and Sarir, Masuoka (Mitsubishi - n.200) has clocked the best time of the day in 3h46min36, Peterhansel (Mitsubishi - n.206) is second, 2min46 behind. Fontenay (Mitsubishi - n.202) is third at 10min12 followed by Vatanen (Nissan -n.204) at 12min46.

In the overall Peterhansel now has a 14min06 lead on Masuoka.

Truck:
14:20 - At CP2 after 312kms, De Azevedo (Tatra - n.210) still has the best time 1min30 ahead of Kabirov (Kamaz - n.412). Third is Tchaguine (Kamaz - n.407), at 2min49. Fourth is Jan De Rooy (DF - n.409) at 18min42. Gerardus De Rooy (DAF - n.414) is at 23min11.

Cars: 14:32 - Luc Alphand (BMW - n.221) has only just made it to the finish line of the special. The Frenchman who had had mechanical problems after 40kms, finishes the stage 49min43 adrift

Truck:
15:30 - On the finish line of the special between Zilla and Sarir, De Azevedo (Tatra - n.410) has clocked the best time of the day in 4h54min40. The Brasilian beats Tchaguine (Kamaz - n.407) by 2min30. Kabirov (Kamaz - n.412) is third, 3min10 behind. Jan De Rooy (DAF - n.409) is fourth at 6min02sec. Gerardus De Rooy (DAF - n.414) finishes at 22min10. The youngest of the De Rooys keeps overall leadership, 1min52 ahead of Tchaguine.

-aso-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Luc Alphand , Hiroshi Masuoka , Andreas Schulz , Ari Vatanen , Fabrizio Meoni