Stage 1 Victoria to Cordoba notes

Added January 3, 2011 - Final note for stage 1:

Bike:

02:30
A penalty for Faria and the special for Despres

After downloading the GPS data from the instruments of Ruben Faria, yesterday's special stage winner, the race officials have handed down a one minute penalty to him for a slight breach of the speed limits. As a result, he loses the best time of the day by a whisker, which has gone to Cyril Despres, declared winner of the first stage.

Stage 1 Notes
January 2, 2011

TRUCK:

18:20 - truck
500 - And here goes the 57th !

Record holder of stage victories - all categories included -, six-times truck category winner and title holder, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has shown - from this first stage onwards - the whole range of his ambitions for this 33rd Dakar edition. Starting first on the day's stage, the "Czar" completed the 222 km of the stage in 2h44'22, i.e. the 16th fastest time in both the truck and car categories!! By a way of consequence, Chagin achieves the day's best time, his 57th stage success and reaches the lead in the general rankings, 4'41 ahead of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) and 5'52 ahead of his Russian team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

18:00 - truck
500 - Chagin back in the habit!

As the three first trucks have now cleared CP2 located at km 196 of today's car and truck special stage, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is still in the lead, 4'20 ahead of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra), and 5'45 ahead of his team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). Such leads should allow the Czar to get his 57th (!) stage victory on a Dakar.

17:05 - truck
500 - The first trucks have now cleared CP1...

The first three trucks have just cleared CP1 located at km 137 of today's car and truck special stages and it is - logically - Russia's "Czar" Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) who was recorded with the best provisional time, 4'09 ahead of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) and 4'41 ahead of his team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

16:25 - truck
501 - It would seem that the race is over for De Rooy!...

After making a mistake at km 72 of the day's special stage, Gerard De Rooy (Iveco) jumped pretty high in the air with his truck. Suffering from a back injury, the Dutchman requested medical assistance but seems to have eventually decided to withdraw.

16:10 - truck
501 - De Rooy stopped at km 72

Second to start today's truck special stage, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Iveco) has been stranded for almost 10 minutes at km 72 of today's special stage, probably due to a mechanical problem...

Quad:

16:00 - quad
250 - First special stage over for Marcos Patronelli...

Having started the day's special stage at 13:30, title holder, Argentine driver Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) just finished the special stage with the 9th fastest time, 9'46 behind the day's winner, Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

Car:

15:55 - car
305 - In the end, Chicherit already looses 57'45!...

Victim of a mechanical problem that forced him to stop twice in the day's special stage, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (Mini) just completed the day's route and finished with the 18th time, 57'45 behind the day's winner Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW).

15:35 - car
305 - Almost 60 minutes lost already for Chicherit...

Stopped by the side of special stage route due to a mechanical problem, Frenchman Guerlain Chihcerit was able to start again and just cleared CP2 located at the km 196 marker of the car and truck special stage. The Mini driver then ranked 18th but was already some 49'40 behind the race lead.

Truck:

15:25 - truck
500 - It's a go for trucks...

As per schedule, the truck special stage started at 15:22 and title holder, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) started the show. The "Czar" was followed two minutes later by Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Iveco).

Car:

15:05 - car
305 - Chicherit stopped...

The first 5 cars have now reached the end of the day's special stage but French driver Guerlain Chicherit (Mini) has been stranded for more than 10 minutes at km 188 of the car and truck route.

Quad:

15:00 - quad
250 - 8th fastest time for Marcos Patronelli at CP1

Having started at 13:30 - at last - with the day's special stage, title holder and Argentine rider Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) has been timed in the 8th provisional fastest clock as he cleared CP1, 3'11 behind today's winner, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

Car:

14:45 - car
300 - First stage victory for Sainz

The three first cars have just completed the 222 km of the first special stage of the 33rd Dakar and - unsurprisingly on this typical WRC route made very slippery by the rain - it is the former double rally world champion and title holder, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW) who wins the stage, 1'31 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 2'16 ahead of Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). This is the 18th stage victory on a Dakar for Sainz who is now in the lead of the general rankings in front of "Peter".

14:30 - car
300 - Sainz increases his lead at CP2

The first two cars have now crossed the CP2 marker located at km 195 of the car and truck special stage of the day and it is still Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) who is in the lead, 1'08 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 2'16 ahead of Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

14:10 - car
303 - Gordon already looses almost 8'...

Starting fourth on today's special stage, US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) was only ranking 9th as he crossed the CP1 marker located at km 137 together with the first 10 cars. Clearly disadvantaged by the slippery race conditions acting tough on his two-wheel drive compared to the all-wheel-drives of his contenders, the American is already some 7'49 behind the lead.

Quad:

14:00 - quad
251 - Machacek is taking position...

The first 10 quads have now completed the first special stage of the 33rd Dakar and 2009 Dakar winner Josef Machacek (Yamaha) is today's winner. Better still, the Czech rider has immediately aquired a solid lead by finishing 1'06 ahead of his countryman Martin Plechaty (Yamaha), and 3'04 ahead of Argentine rider Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

Car:

13:50 - car
300 - First cars at CP1

The first three cars have just cleared the CP1 marker located 137 km into the car and truck special stage of the day. It is title holder and Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW) who holds the best provisional time, 1'06 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), and 2'09 ahead of his team mate, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

Quad:

13:40 - quad
250 - It's a go for Patronelli... at last!

The race marshalls exceptionally allowed those quads arriving late at the start of the special stage to go ahead and race. A stroke of luck for title holder, Argentine rider Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) who was eventually allowed to go ahead with today's special stage at 13:30.

Car:

13:30 - car
303 - A pretty slippery stage for the cars...

Rain is now falling hard on the day's special stage and according to the observations of the TV choppers flying over the route, the contenders in the car category seem to suffer pretty bad from skidding and sliding, as is the case for US driver Robby Gordon who produces some pretty spectacular sliding every time he takes on a curve.

Quad:

13:25 - quad
254 - Tough times for Sonik!...

Ranking 4th at CP2, Polish rider Rafal Sonik (Yamaha) fell at km 176 of today's special stage and asked for medical assistance after a hand injury...

13:15 - quad
262 - A surprise named Plechaty...

The first 7 quads have now cleare CP2 located at km 167 of the day's special stage and Josef Machacek (Yamaha) is still provisional stage leader with a 52" lead but now over Martin Plechaty (Yamaha). After starting 12th this morning, the Czech rider made a fabulous comeback in the lead of the stage. Ranking 3rd 2'28 from the head of the stage is Argentina's Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

13:00 - quad
250 - It's already over for Marcos Patronelli!

Injured in training, quad title holder Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) insisted upon starting the race in Buenos Aires yesterday. Unfortunately, the Argentine rider was unable to start today's special stage.

Bike:

12:45 - bike
014 - Tough start for Duclos!...

Starting 13th of the day's special stage this morning, Franco-Malian driver Alain Duclos (Aprilia) has now been stranded for more than 90 minutes on km 77 of the day's special stage, i.e. some 40 km before CP1.

Quad:

12:35 - quad
251 - Machacek, in the lead at CP1

The first 10 quads have now cleared CP1 located at km 110 of the day's bike and quad special stage and it is Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) who is provisionally in the lead, 52" ahead of Poland's Rafal Sonik and 1'39 ahead of Uruguay's Rocha Sergio La Fuente.

Car:

12:25 - car
300 - It's a go for cars!...

The winner of the 2010 edition, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW) opened the first special stage of the raid's 33rd edition and embarked upon the 222 km against-the-clock stretch at 12:20 as per schedle. The double WRC world champion 1990-1992 was followed three minutes later by nine-time Dakar winner, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

Bike:

12:20 - bike
011 - Faria gets the first victory

Now that the first 15 bikes have completed the day's special stage, it is Portuguese rider Ruben Faria who gets the first stage victory, 29" ahead of his leader, title holder Cyril Despres (KTM), ad 1'15 ahead of Spain's Marc Coma (KTM). If confirmed, this will be Faria's fourth stage victory in a Dakar...

12:15 - bike
002 - Despres ranking first... for now

The first three bikes have just crossed the finish line of today's special stage and it is Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who has been awarded best provisional time, 46" ahead of Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM)... pending - of course - the arrival of Ruben Faria (KTM), who was in the lead at CP2.

12:00 - bike
011 - Faria speeding up... again

The first 5 bikes have cleared CP2 and it is now Portuguese rider Ruben Faria (KTM) who has achieved best provisional clock and is now 33" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM). This proves that on the side of the two KTM hotshots, Despres and Coma, the strategy is already in place. Indeed, the water-bearers of the two main contenders, Faria and Spanish rider Juan Pedrero, are now climbing the ranking ladder; at CP2, the ranking goes as follows: Faria is in the lead ahead of Despres, Coma and Pedrero.

11:45 - bike
001 - Coma in pursuit... and closing in

The first two bikes have just cleared CP2 located at km 167 of the day's special stage and even if Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds best provisional time, the French rider only has a 32" lead on his favorite enemy, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM).

Quad:

11:30 - quad
250 - Marcos Patronelli still in liaison

Although he sould have been the first quad rider to start on the day's special stage, Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), the title holder, is still in the liaison section and is now heading towards the start of the day's special stage located some 80 km ahead.

Bike:

11:25 - bike
011 - Faria, 2nd fastest clock at CP1

The first 15 bikes have just cleared CP1 at km 110 and it is now Portugal's Ruben Faria (KTM) who is provisional holder of the second fastest time, 33" behind the present leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), and 30" ahead of Spain's Juan Pedrero Garcia (KTM), who is the new 3rd place holder.

11:00 - bike
002 - Despres in the lead at CP1

The first two bikes have now cleared CP1 at km 110 of the day's bike and quad special stage and it is the title holder, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who is in the lead of stage 1, 1'11 ahead of Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), who was the first to start this morning.

General:

10:00 - bike
001 - The race is on!

After a first 377km liaison yesterday and a second 482km liaison this morning, Spanish rider Marc Coma - the winner of the 2009 edition - officially kicked off the race when he opened the very first special stage for 2011 at 10:00 AM local raid time, as per schedule. It is to be noted for this first stage that the route will be different for the bikes and quads, on the one hand, and for the cars and trucks on the other. A total of 407 contenders have registered this year - 170 bikes, 30 quads, 140 cars and 67 trucks - and they all started in Buenos Aires yesterday.

-source: dakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Alain Duclos , Ruben Faria , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik , Juan Pedrero Garcia , Sebastian Halpern , Sergio Lafuente