Stage 1 Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa notes

Stage 1 Saturday 3 January 2009 Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa de la Pampa Connection 196 km Special 371 km Connection 166 km GENERAL: 21:29 421 crews complete the special stage At 17.15 local time, 421 of the 500 crews to start the rally this...

Stage 1
Saturday 3 January 2009
Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa de la Pampa

Connection 196 km
Special 371 km
Connection 166 km

GENERAL:

21:29
421 crews complete the special stage

At 17.15 local time, 421 of the 500 crews to start the rally this morning - 212 bikes, 23 quads, 157 cars and 29 trucks - had made it through the first special stage of the 31st Dakar and were heading to, or had already arrived at, Santa Rosa de La Pampa, the end point of this first stage, where a crowd of several thousand spectators had rushed to watch the caravan pass by.

TRUCK: 20:38 - Stage 1 summary

Pending validation of the results, Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf) won the first special stage and took the lead in the general standings, picking up his first triumph on the Dakar, 2 seconds ahead of his countryman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf). Third place went to Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz), 22 seconds behind the day's winner.

CAR: 20:35 - Stage 1 summary

Pending validation of the results, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) won the first special stage, taking charge of the general standings, 2.17 ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2.40 in front of South African Giniel de Villiers (VW). In the Open category, the stage victory went to Robby Gordon (Hummer), who finished 17th overall. Lastly, in the Production category, Italian Massimo Biasion (Mitsubishi) was triumphant.

BIKE:

20:35 - Stage 1 summary

Pending validation of the results, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) won the first special stage, 22.05 ahead of Poland's Jacek Czachor (KTM). Third place, 24.42 behind, went to Slovenian Miran Stanovnik (KTM), first in the marathon category. Frenchman David Fretigne, 6th to finish the stage 28.14 the day's winner, scored the best time of the 450cc.

QUAD:

20:24 - Stage 1 summary

Pending validation of the results, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) won the first special stage, 12.56 ahead of Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha). Third place went to Uruguayan Luis Henderson (Suzuki), 15.50 the day's winner.

TRUCK:

20:21 - 509 - First stage victory for Van Vliet!

Now that 8 trucks have finished the special, Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf) has finished in the lead, just 2 seconds in front of his countryman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf). As a result, Van Vliet picks up his first victory on the Dakar! Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz) finished 22" behind, in third place.

CAR:

20:15 - 332 - Turbo problem for Salazar

The former Formula 1, Indy Car and Le Mans 24 hour driver, Chilean Eliseo Salazar, who is taking part in his 1st Dakar, was let down the turbo of his McRae prototype and is now waiting for his assistance after 302 km of the special...

20:13 - 310 - Engine problem for Masuoka

Following engine problems after 390 km of the day's special, Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubisi), two times winner of the Dakar in 2002 and 2003, is waiting for assistance.

TRUCK:

19:10 - 505 - De Rooy takes the lead...

The first 9 trucks have passed CP3. Gerard De rooy (Ginaf) leads the race, 39 seconds ahead of Russian driver Chagin (Kamaz). Dutch driver Van Vliet (Ginaf) is 58 seconds behind...

18:49 - 501 - Chagin leads at CP2

With the first 7 trucks through CP2, after 225 km of the day's special, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is leading, 38" ahead of Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf) and 57" in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz), currently in provisional 3rd place.

BIKE:

17:52 - 1 - Puncture costs Despres more than 40 minutes

Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who finished 22nd in this first special, more than 40 minutes behind the winner, did not make a navigational error as reported earlier, but suffered a flat tire and finished the special on his wheel rims...

QUAD:

17:43 - 258 - Declerck wins the quad race

Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) has won the first quad special of the Dakar in 2009, 12.56 ahead of Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha), with 3rd place going to Uruguayan Luis Henderson (Suzuki), 15.50 behind the day's winner.

CAR:

17:40 - 302 - Al-Attiyah wins the first special!

With 14 cars having finished the first special of this 31st edition of the Dakar, Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) is the winner with a time of 2:36.15. The Qatari beat Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) by 2.17 and South African Giniel de Villiers (VW) by 2.40. The leading Mitsubishi driver, Luc Alphand, has finished 4.44 behind the day's winner.

17:29 - 306 - Chicherit stops on the special stage!

In the lead on the special at CP3, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) has apparently stopped by the side of the track at around the 290 km mark...

17:21 - 401 - Reparat-Delaunay crew loses a wheel

Crew No. 401 (Jean-Paul Reparat and Sebastien Delaunay) lost a wheel from their buggy after the first 100 km of the special stage. They are trying to repair it and get back on track.

TRUCK:

17:17 - 500 - The trucks are on their way!

Dutchman Hans Stacey (MAN), winner of the Dakar in 2007, kicked off proceedings for the first truck special at 12.45 local time as scheduled. He was followed a minute later by the winner of the Dakar in 2006, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

QUAD:

16:27 - 258 - Declerck drives his point home...

When the first 5 quads passed CP3, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) was in the lead, 3.44 ahead of Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 5.52 in front of Uruguayan Luis Henderson (Suzuki), who is in third position.

CAR:

16:22 - 306 - Chicherit once again...

Now that the first 10 cars have passed through CP3, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) still leads this first special stage and boasts a lead of 14" over Dieter Depping (VW) and 41" over team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW), who is in third position.

16:10 - 306 - Chicherit leads at CP2

Now that the first 10 cars have made it through CP2, after 224 km of the special, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) leads, only 2" in front of German novice Dieter Depping (VW) and 19" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW).

15:46 - 303 - Engine problems for Alphand...

Around the 185-km mark, Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi) appears to be suffering from a power problem with his Lancer...

15:42 - 302 - Al Attiyah leads at CP1

Now that the first 10 cars have passed through CP1, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) leads after 134 km of the day's special, 11" ahead of America's Mark Miller (VW) and 25" in front of the stage's local boy, Orlando Terranova (BMW)...

BIKE:

15:37 - 2 - Coma wins the 1st special of Dakar 2009!

With a time of 2:46.17, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has won the 1st special of this 31st Dakar, and has a lead of 22.05 over Poland's Jacek Czachor (KTM), currently in 2nd place. Following a navigational error between CP3 and the finish, Cyril Despres is now 41.48 behind the day's winner...

15:27 - Solidarity is not dead!

After suffering a puncture just after CP2, Frenchman David Casteu (KTM) had the nice surprise of a new back wheel from Romanian Emanuel Gyenes (KTM). The No. 49 rider made this selfless gesture to help avoid Casteu losing too much time in the general standings...

QUAD:

15:24 - 258 - Declerck leads at CP1

Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) heads the standings at CP1, 2'44 in front of Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

CAR:

15:23 - 301 - Sainz leads after 48 km

Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) leads the field in the 1st special after 48 km, 2" ahead of Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) and 28" in front of Giniel de Villiers (VW). Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi), the first to start today, is 1'13 off the race leader...

BIKE:

14:45 - 172 - Mechanical problems for Van Dam

Dutchman Dirk Van Dam (KTM) has stopped by the side of the track on the special and is trying to repair a mechanical problem...

14:41 - 2 - Coma opens up the gap some more...

Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) passed CP3, at the 248-km mark of the special stage, 1'05 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres and 11'48 in front of Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), who is in third.

14:12 - 3 - About-turn for Casteu...

Having suffered many problems since the start of this first special stage, Frenchman David Casteu (KTM) has had to turn round and head back to CP2...

CAR:

14:10 - 300 - The cars are on their way...

Winner of the Dakar in 2007, France's Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) got the first car special stage of this Dakar 2009 started at 09.55 as scheduled. He was followed 3 minutes later by Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen)...

BIKE:

14:10 - 14 - Puncture for Duclos

The Franco-Malian amateur Alain Duclos (KTM) has been forced to stop after 158 km of the special due to a flat tire...

14:08 - 3 - Problems for Casteu

After having encountered an initial mechanical problem before CP1, Frenchman David Casteu (KTM) seems to be suffering from excessively worn tires...

13:33 - 2 - Coma breaking away at CP2...

Leader of the special stage and general standings at CP1, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) has strengthened his lead at CP2, after 225 km of the special, and now leads Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) by 51".

13:02 - 2 - Coma leads at CP1

Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) was 1" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) on passing through CP1, located at the 134-km mark on the special stage.

12:19 - 1 - DAKAR 2009: NOW FOR THE REAL THING!

After 195.57 km of the first link section, the title holder in the bike race, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) was the first to get to grips with the inaugural timed stage of the Dakar 2009. It was under a fine sunny morning sky, in cool temperatures and in front of plenty of spectators that the winner of the Dakar in 2007 started out on the 371.02 km of this first special stage at 07.50 as planned, followed two minutes later by the winner of the Dakar in 2006, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM).

GENERAL:

12:09 - READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome. Following two days of technical and administrative scrutineering in Buenos Aires, 500 competitors - 217 bikes, 25 quads, 177 cars and 81 trucks -- were authorized to take starters orders at 5 AM, local time, for the 31st edition of the Dakar, which takes place in Argentina and Chile for the first time.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Luc Alphand , Dieter Depping , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Miran Stanovnik , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Jacek Czachor , Vladimir Chagin , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Alain Duclos , David Casteu , Hans Stacey , Ilgizar Mardeev , Orlando Terranova , Josef Machacek , Christophe Declerck