Stage 10 Copiapo to Copiapo notes

Stage 10 Tuesday 13 January 2009 Copiapo to Copiapo * Connection 20 km * Special 670 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 23:46 Stage 11 cancelled As the weather forcast for tomorrow announces heavy fog on the whole route of stage 11 and as the ...

Stage 10
Tuesday 13 January 2009
Copiapo to Copiapo

* Connection 20 km
* Special 670 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

23:46
Stage 11 cancelled

As the weather forcast for tomorrow announces heavy fog on the whole route of stage 11 and as the timing of the stage cannot be altered due to the crossing of the Andes and the crossing of the border between Chile and Argentina, the organizers of the Dakar have decided to cancel the portion of stage 11 between Copiapo and Fiambala that should have been against the clock. The participants will be getting to the Fiambala bivouac in liaison.

23:41 - Car
SUMMARY OF STAGE 10

Pending validation by the race stewards, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW) wins his 6th stage in this year's rally raid, his fourth consecutive victory and his 15th stage victory in all his Dakar participations, with a 21" lead over the Hummer of US driver Robby Gordon, excellent 2nd place after having led the stage for a very long time and 7'39" ahead of his US team-mate Mark Miller (VW). In consequence, in the general standings, the two-time world rally champion in 1990 and 1992 and Volkswagen further reinforce their domination over the raid. Indeed, the Spaniard now has a 27'31" lead over Mark Miller (VW) and a 41'13" on South-African driver Giniel De Villiers (VW); this is a comfortable and even stronger triple victory for the Wolfsburg manufacturer in the general standings. The only Mitsubishi driver still in the race - but faced with tough engine overheat problems - Spanish driver Nani Roma is still ranking 4th but sees the dangerous come-back of US driver Robby Gordon who is now tailing him in 5th position, 21'25" behind the Mitsu and who is more than ever in the lead of the Open category. Finally, in the Production category, France's Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) has won this stage 10 and has an increasing lead at the top of his category.

23:34 - Bike
SUMMARY OF STAGE 10

Pending validation by the race stewards, Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms (KTM) is the winner of stage 10 - this is his first stage victory in this year's edition, his second in the Dakar alltogether - and finishes 1'06" ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos (KTM), and 2'07" ahead of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). In consequence, in the general standings, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM), 7th in today's stage, now has a 1h24'50" lead over France's David Fretigne (Yamaha), 15th in today's stage but still hanging tough in the lead of the 450cc category. On the marathon side, the day's winner is called Henk Knuiman (KTM), 8th at scratch. The Dutchman is hence making a come-back on the alltime category leader, his fellow countryman Frans Verhoeven (KTM).

23:27 - Truck
501 - Chagin to the power of 4...

Now that the 3 first trucks have finished the day's special stage, it is Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) who winshis 4th stage on this Dakar, 1'44" ahead of Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) and 3'56 ahead of Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

23:23 - Quad
273 - 2nd stage victory for Patronelli!...

As the first two quads have now reached the end of today's special stage, it's Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) who wins his second stage victory on this Dakar, 28" ahead of the solid leader in the general rankings, Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

22:57 - Bike
4 - Ullevalseter third of the day's special stage

Initially arrived 15th of the day's special stage, after stopping to help Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) who had incurred a really rough - but fortunately harmless - fall, Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) saw the time he stopped removed from his clock and ends the stage in 3rd position 2'07" behind the winner, Viladoms.

21:51 - Truck
501 - Chagin, still in the lead at CP4

So far, 5 trucks have reached CP4 at km 279. Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still leads the stage, 6'01 ahead of team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), also from Russia, and 7'04 ahead of Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

21:50 - Quad
273 - Patronelli establishes a convincing lead...

So far, 5 quads have passed CP5 at km 423. Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) still leads the stage and has even established a convincing lead over his main rival, the Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) who now lags 2'30 behind. The two men have also made a huge gap between them and the rest of the pack since the French rider Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris), who is third, passed exactly 45' after the leader.

21:44 - Car
301 - Stage victory number 15 for Carlos Sainz!...

The first 3 cars have now arrived at the end of the day's special stage and it is Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) who wins the stage 21" ahead of the Hummer of US driver Robby Gordon, and 7'39 ahead of his US team mate Mark Miller (VW). The already solidly anchored leader in the general standings wins here his 6th stage victory of this year's rally and its 15th stage victory in the history of the Dakar!

21:10 - Bike
9 - Viladoms wins stage 10

The first 7 bikes have now reached the end of stage 10 and Spain's Jordi Viladoms (KTM) is the day's winner, a first stage victory in this edition and his second one in the Dakar alltogether, 1'06" ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos (KTM) and 8'29 ahead of Portuguese biker Helder Rodriguez (KTM). French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) has arrived 8'50" after the day's winner; as for the leader in the general standings, Spain's has arrived 12'17" after his fellow countryman.

20:38 - Car
309 - Gordon stays in the lead but Sainz is closing in on him...

As the first 5 cars have now cleared CP5 located at km 423 of today's special stage, although Robby Gordon (Hummer) still checks in the lead, the US driver only has 50" lead left on Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) who is closing in. However, the gap between him and Giniel De Villiers (VW), remains stable with the South-African still checking 2'51" behind the stage leader.

20:22 - Truck
501 - Chagin gets a convincing lead

The first 5 trucks have now passed CP2 and it is still the leader in the general standings, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), who checks in the lead but with now a 5'14" lead over his team mate and fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and a 5'35" lead over Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

19:37 - Quad
273 - The duel for a handful of seconds goes on...

Now that the first 5 quads have passed CP4 located at km 279 of today's special stage, Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) checks in the lead, 40" ahead of his main rival, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha), who is still solid leader of the general standings and 24'53" ahead of France's Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

19:31 - Bike
9 - Viladoms new provisional leader at CP5

Benefitting from a navigation error of Despres and Coma at km 291, it is now Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms (KTM) who checks in the lead, 30" ahead of Franco-Malian biker Alain Duclos (KTM), and 1'59" ahead of France's David Casteu (KTM). French biker Cyril Despres (KTM) has checked 12'05" behind the leader of the stage. As to the leader in the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), his delay on the stage leadership has risen to 14'37.

19:15 - Truck
501 - Chagin leader at CP1

The first 4 trucks have now crossed CP1 located at 87 of today's special stage and it is the leader in the general standings, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), who checks in the lead, 59" ahead of his countryman and team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), and 6'09" ahead of Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

19:00 - Car
309 - Gordon takes the lead at CP4

The first 4 cars have now crossed CP4 located at km 279 of today's special stage and US driver Robby Gordon checks in the lead behind the wheel of his Hummer, 1'33" ahead of general standings leader, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW), and 2'54" ahead of the Race Touareg of South-African driver Giniel De Villiers (VW).

18:33 - Bike
1 - Navigation error for Despres and Coma

In the lead since the start of the day's special stage, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) made a navigation error at km 480, and made a loop of about 23km before getting back on the right trail. Stuck in the wheel of his main French rival for the last two days, the leader in the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), obviously made the same mistake... Despres took this opportunity to sneak away from the Spaniard and is now fifth on trail, about 15km ahead of Coma.

18:18 - Car
301 - Sainz, provisional leader at CP3

Now that the first 5 cars have passed CP3 located at km 195 of today's special stage, it is now the leader in the general standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW), who checks in the lead but only 4" ahead of the Hummer of American driver Robby Gordon. The 3rd fastest time goes for now to South-Africa's Giniel De Villiers (VW), checking 1'47" behind the stage leader.

18:13 - Truck
501 - It's a go for trucks...

Winner of stage 9 yesterday and new leader in the general standings, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) started the truck special stage today at 1:51PM followed 2' later by Brazil's Andre De Azevedo (Tatra)... As a reminder, the truck special stage today will stop at CP 5 located at km 423.

18:04 - Car
315 - Terranova rolls over!...

Leader of today's special stage at both CP1 and CP2, Argentinian driver Orlando Terranova (BMW) has rolled over at km 180 of the stage and has been forced to withdraw from the race. The crew is not hurt and has been transported to CP3...

18:01 - Quad
273 - Patronelli in the lead at CP3

The first 6 quads have now passed CP3 located at km 195 of today's special stage and Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) checks in the lead, 1'34" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 16'32" ahead of another Czech driver: Oldrich Brazina (Yamaha).

17:24 - Bike
1 - Despres still leader at CP4

Now that the first 4 bikes have passed CP4 located at km 279 of today's special stage, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM)still checks in the lead, 2'05" ahead of Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) and 4'10" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM), who stole the 3rd place to Viladoms.

17:13 - Quad
273 - Counter-attack by Patronelli

The first 5 quads have now crossed CP2 located at km 178 of today's special stage and it is now Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) who checks in the lead, 35" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Cezch Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 12'48" ahead of France's Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

16:55 - Car
315 - A devilish start for Terranova!

Started 4th in the morning, Argentina's Orlando Terranova (BMW) checked in the lead at CP1 located at km 87 of today's special stage, 46" ahead of US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) and 1'06" ahead of the leader in the overall standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW).

16:53 - Quad
250 - Machacek, provisional leader at CP1

As the first 6 quads have now crossed CP1 located at km 87 of today's special stage, it's is the leader in the overall standings, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha), who is in the lead, 2'56" ahead of Argentinian driver l'Argentin Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) and 4'55" ahead of Spain's Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha).

16:25 - Bike
1 - Despres, provisional leader at CP3

Now that the first 9 bikes have passed CP3, at km 195 of today's special stage, France's Cyril Despres (KTM) is still in the lead, 1'42" ahead of the leader in the overall standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and 4'02" ahead of Spain's Jordi Viladoms (KTM), who is the new man in 3rd position today.

15:58 - Bike
1 - Despres establishes a convincing lead...

As the first 6 bikes have now crossed CP2 located at km 178 of today's special stage, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) is still in the lead but has now a 1'33" lead over general standings leader, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and a 4'01" lead over Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM).

15:49 - Car
301 - It's a go for cars...

The winner of yesterday's special stage and still solid leader in the general standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) opened the day's special stage for cars at 11:38 AM and was followed 2' later by his US team mate Mark Miller (VW).

15:24 - Truck
The truck special stage will stop at km 423

Due to the late start of today's special stage and to the willingness of the organizers not to leave the trucks venture out by night in the last line of sand dunes, and due to the marathon stage that awaits for the next two days after this 10th stage, the arrival of the truck special stage will be pronounced at CP5 on km 423 today.

15:13
Mind the ridges!

A few cathedral sand dunes - located at the end of the first series of dunes around km 32 of today's special stage - have particularly sharp ridges and are pretty tricky for amateur riders. We shall see what happens when the main group of cars and trucks hits those dunes... they might get bogged down in there for awhile as well...

14:55 - Bike
1 - Despres, provisional leader at CP1

The first 5 bikes have now crossed CP1 at km 87 of today's special stage, it's Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who is in the lead but only a short 1" ahead of the leader in the general standings Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and 1'51" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM).

14:06 - Bike
15 - It's a go for today's special stage

Winner of yesterday's stage, Dutch biker Frans Verhoeven (KTM) started the day's special stage at 9:45AM after the time of scheduled start was postponed by 2 hours and 40' and was followed 2' later by Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha). The leader in the overall standings, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), will be starting 4th, 6' after the first riders.

13:33
Start scheduled for 9:45AM

The helicopters have just taken off as the fog has now dissipated in the area where the start of the day's special stage will be taking place. The start of this 10th special stage should now happen at 9:45AM local time with Dutch biker Frans Verhoeven (KTM) starting first.

12:59
The fog plays tricks on the race...

Due to the strong and persistant fog on the day's special stage, the medics choppers and the choppers of the organizers have not been cleared for take off yet, as we are writing these lines. For safety reasons, therefore, the day's special stage has not yet been allowed to start.

11:39
CHANGE OF ROUTE

Due to the low volumes of sand found by those doing the opening checks on the route of the day's stage, the organizers have decided to shorten the Copiapo-Copiapo loop by 200km. Hence, the contenders will go out of the initial route shortly after passing CP3 and will drive west to get back on the initial route between CP5 and CP6, reducing the journey by about 200km. By a way of consequence, today's special stage is now 476km long.

11:34
READY, STEADY, GO

Good morning and welcome. 329 crews -- 142 motos and quads, 109 bikes and 61 camions -- have been given the go ahead to start the day's special stage... The total amount of official withdrawals has been brought up to 188. Initially scheduled to start at 7:05 AM, the first start the day's special stage i.e. the start of the bike of Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (KTM) has been postponed by 30min due to heavy fog.

06:35
STAGE 10: Copiapo -- Copiapo

There are 686.21 km on the menu for the 10th stage, with 670.16 timed kilometers, making it the longest special stage of the rally and also the most difficult. In fact, for this loop through the heart of the Atacama Desert, the program for the competitors can be described as follows: dunes, sand and off-roading... though there will be some sections of fast tracks in between by way of relief! The most experienced competitors may take advantage and let their skills on the dunes do the talking, hoping all the while that the Chilean sand possesses the same properties as in Mauritania. In the car race, South African Giniel De Villiers could take advantage to make up ground on his Volkswagen team-mates, even if Spaniard Carlos Sainz can count on the navigational talents of his co-pilot Michel Perin. In the bike race, the leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), would be wise to avoid risk-taking and let his rivals do the hard work, leaving Despres and Fretigne to open the way. These two riders have no other choice but to attack, or even try something out of the ordinary, on THE special stage which could allow them to make up a lot of time on the leader.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Cyril Despres , Nani Roma , Marc Coma , David Fretigne , Michel Périn , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Alain Duclos , Jordi Viladoms , Frans Verhoeven , Francisco Lopez , Orlando Terranova , Henk Knuiman , Nicolas Gibon , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli