Stage 10 La Serena to Santiago notes

Stage 10 - La Serena to Santiago Tuesday, January 12 * Liaison : 112 km * Speciale : 238 km * Liaison : 236 km * Total : 586 km Breaking news per ASO Dakar website: Times given in G.M.T. -3 15:59 - Car Stage 10 summary Pending validation...

Stage 10 - La Serena to Santiago
Tuesday, January 12

* Liaison : 112 km
* Speciale : 238 km
* Liaison : 236 km
* Total : 586 km

Breaking news per ASO Dakar website:
Times given in G.M.T. -3

15:59 - Car
Stage 10 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), has finally won his 1st stage victory on the 32nd Dakar, the 16th of his career in the event, by beating Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) by 28" and his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW) by 1'02. As a result, in the general standings, "El Matador" Sainz has given himself a bit more breathing space out front with a lead that now stands at 10'06 over his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 28'19 over his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW). This still means 3 Volkswagens occupy the first 3 places, whereas the 4th placed driver, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), trails the leader by 2.14:20. In the Open category, there was no surprise as American Robby Gordon (Hummer) triumphed for the 9th time out of 10 specials, with the 10th best scratch time. Lastly, in the Production category, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi won his 6th special of the 32nd editon, 13'15 ahead of Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota). More importantly, this 10th special witnessed the bad luck of general standings leader and title holder, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota), who rolled his car after 187 km of the day's special. As a result, he loses command of the general standings to today's winner, his Japanese team-mate.

15:50 - Bike
Stage 10 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) was victorious for the 4th time on the 32nd Dakar, making it his 11th stage victory of his career in the event. With a time of 3.10:43 the title holder beat Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha) by 2'06 and Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) by 2'36. In the general standings, there is no change however, with Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still out in front, with a lead that now stands at 1.22:49 over Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) and 1.24:07 over Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia). However, the fight for the other places on the podium has intensified, because 4th placed rider Helder Rodrigues is now 1.24:59 of the leader, meaning that 2nd to 4th place are only separated by 3minutes!

15:46 - Truck
Stage 10 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, the five times winner of the event Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) picked up his 8th stage victory in the Dakar 2010 and the 55th of his career on the event (an absolute record, one step ahead of Peterhansel!). With a time of 3.44:23, the "Tsar" beat his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) by 1'24, and the Frenchman le Francais Joseph Adua (Iveco) by 1'38. There are no worries for Chagin in the general standings, where the "Tsar" is serenely heading towards his 6th title: he now has a lead of 1.12:55 over his faithful lieutenant Kabirov and a massive lead of 8.35:48 over Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf).

15:42 - Quad
Stage 10 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) was victorious for the 1st time on the Dakar, by winning the 10th special of this 32nd edition. With a time of 3.31:16, the man they nickname "Pedrega" at the bivouac beat the Argentineans Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) by 8'27 and Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) by 9'08. No change however in the general standings, where Marcos Patronelli still has a more than healthy lead: he is now 2.24:21 ahead of his "big brother" Alejandro and 4.11:36 in front of Spaniard Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha).

15:20 - Truck
501 - Chagin steals a march in the battle for the record

Now that the first 3 trucks have finished the day's special, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has won his 8th special out of 10 this year, 1'24 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 1'38 in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco). Yet more importantly, thanks to this new triumph, the "Tsar" has now taken the lead in his duel with Peterhansel for the absolute record of stage victories in the event. He now boasts 55 successes against 54 for the French driver.

14:57 - Truck
501 - Just 50 km to hang on for the record...

Now that the first 3 trucks have completed 192 km of the day's special stage, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'11 ahead of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) and 1'32 in front of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). More importantly, with this probable 8th special stage triumph out of 10, which would bring his total number of stage victories on the Dakar to 55, the "Tsar" is well set to grab the absolute record for stage victories that he currently shares with Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

14:25 - Car
341 - 6th special stage victory for Mitsuhashi -- and the overall lead?

With already 5 special stage triumphs on the 32nd edition of the Dakar, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) has done it again by achieving the 19th best time in the special, 13'15 ahead of Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota). More importantly, combined with the mishaps encountered by his team-mate but main rival for the category title, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota), who is still stuck on the special at present, this victory should enable Mitsuhashi to take control of the category in the general standings.

13:45 - Car
338 - Trouble at 187 km...

Several competitors have found themselves in trouble at the 187-km point of the day's special stage, where the route follows a dry river bed, in particular current leader of the production standings and title holder, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota), who rolled his car at a slow speed and is now carrying out repairs in order to get back on the special stage.

13:14 - Truck
501 - Chagin keeps on truckin'

The first 3 trucks have completed 148 km of the day's special and still Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is in the lead, 48" ahead of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) and 1'28 in front of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

12:50 - Car
303 - A stage victory for Sainz at last!

The leader of the 32nd edition of the Dakar since the 5th special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) was despairing somewhat at his lack of special stage victories this year. However, now the problem has been solved! With a time of 3.01:05 "El Matador" picked up the 16th special stage triumph of his Dakar career and his 1st this year, 28" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'02 in front of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW).

12:40 - Car
303 - Sainz gains 1'40 over Al-Attiyah

The first two cars have finished the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), still boasts the best provisional time, 1'40 ahead of his main rival for the title, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), who now trails Sainz by 10'06 in the general standings.

12:18 - Car
303 - Sainz takes control again!

With the first 8 cars through the 192-km point on the day's special, once again the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), has achieved the best provisional time, 27" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 29" in front of American Mark Miller (VW). His main rival in the fight for the title, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), currently occupies 5th place, 1'36 behind the Spaniard.

12:14 - Truck
501 - Chagin back to good habits

Now that the first three trucks have completed 48 km of the day's special, the leader of the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), boasts the best provisional time, 1'09 ahead of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) and 1'21 in front of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

12:03 - Quad
256 - First for "Pedrega"!

Now that the first 4 quads have finished the day's timed section, Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) has achieved the best provisional time, meaning he has a first triumph on the Dakar, 8'27 ahead of the general standings leader, Argentinean Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), and 9'08 in front of another Argentinean, Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

11:49 - Car
305 - Miller leads, "Peter" 3rd

The first 5 cars have now completed 148 km of the day's special and it is American Mark Miller (VW) who has put in the best provisional time, 7" ahead of his Spanish team-mate and general standings leader, Carlos Sainz (VW), and 29" in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), the new 3rd-place driver.

11:46 - Car
303 - Sainz maintains his lead

The first two cars have completed 148 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still has the best provisional time. More importantly, he leads his main rival for the title, his Qatari team-mate Nasser al-Attiyah (VW) by 1'24.

11:40 - Truck
500 - THE TRUCKS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of yesterday's 9th stage, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) kicked off proceedings of the day's trucks special at 11.17, as scheduled, and was followed 2 minutes later by the general standings leader, his team-mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz). Due to the narrow and winding nature of the day's route, the organisers decided that the cars and trucks should start separately for safety reasons, especially when overtaking.

11:30 - Car
306 - Al-Attiyah trails by 1'30

The winner of the 9th stage and as a result the first driver to start the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) currently trails his main rival for the title, Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW) by 1'30 after 100 km of the day's special stage.

11:08 - Car
301 - 3rd best time for "Peter" after 100 km

The first 7 cars have now completed 100 km of the day's special, and whilst Sainz (VW) has achieved the best time, 2" ahead of Miller, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) now occupies provisional 3rd place, 45" behind the Spanish leader of the general standings.

11:05 - Bike
12 - 2nd best time for Fretigne!

More bikes have finished the day's special stage, amongst them the 450cc Yamaha belonging to David Fretigne. 13th to start this morning, the Frenchman has achieved the 2nd best time of the day, 2'06 behind the provisional winner, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

10:59 - Car
Miller is catching up with Sainz

The first 4 cars have just completed 100 km of the day's special and although the leader of the general standings, Carlos Sainz (VW), is still out in front, the Spaniard only has a 2 second lead over his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW). The third best provisional time goes to Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW), 1'17 behind the stage leader.

10:56 - Bike
1 - Coma still 1st, but now Rodrigues is 2nd

Five more bikers have finished the 10th special stage and whilst Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still has the best provisional time, the new 2nd and 3rd placed riders are Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and Ruben Faria (KTM), 2'36 and 3'56 respectively behind the title holder.

10:50 - Quad
256 - No change in racing order, but bigger gaps after 148 km

The first 8 quads have completed 148 km of the day's special and Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) is still out in front, but with leads of 3'29 and 5'48 respectively over the Argentineans Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) and Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

10:48 - Bike
1 - Coma for the moment...

The first three bikes have just finished the day's special and it is still Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) who boasts the best provisional time, 4'57 ahead of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo and 6'25 in front of the general standings leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

10:34 - Bike
1 - Coma opens the gap

The first 10 bikes have just completed 192 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still has the best provisional time, with a lead that now stands at 1'39 over Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and 1'56 over Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha).

10:30 - Car
303 - A first victory for Sainz?

Sill leader of the general standings, but faced with the threat of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and still without a stage victory on the 32nd Dakar, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has set off at a fast pace for the 10th special. As a result, now that the first 10 cars have completed 42 km of the day's special, "El Matador" boasts the best provisional time, 20" ahead of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW) and 32" in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

10:00 - Quad
256 - "Pedrega" still leads

Now that the first 10 quads have completed 100 km of the day's special, Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha), nicknamed "Pedrega" in the bivouac, still leads, 2'01 ahead of general standings leader, Argentinean Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), and 2'42 in front of another Argentinean, Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

09:39 - Car
306 - THE CARS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of yesterday's 9th special stage, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), kicked off proceedings of the day's car special at 9.27, as scheduled. He was followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

09:37 - Bike
1 - Coma still leads after 148 km

The first five bikes have just completed 148 km of the day's stage and the title holder, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), still leads, 56" ahead of Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and 2'18 in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia).

08:59 - Quad
256 - Gonzalez Corominas takes the lead

Three more quads have just completed 42 km of the day's special and it is now Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) who boasts the best provisional time, 59" ahead of general standings leader Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) and 2'08 in front of another Argentinean, Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

08:57 - Bike
1 - Coma leads after 100 km

Now that the first 8 bikes have completed 100 km of the day's special, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has the best provisional time, 17" and 41" respectively in front of Portuguese riders Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) and Ruben Faria (KTM).

08:55 - Quad
251 - The leader shows the way...

The comfortable leader of the general standings and already winner of 3 special stages on the 32nd Dakar, Argentinean Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) leads after 42 km of the day's special now that the first 3 quads have made it through this distance, 1'09 ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and 1'51 in front of Polish rider Rafal Sonik (Yamaha).

08:25 - Bike
19 - 3rd best time for Faria after 42 km

Now that the first 11 bikes have completed 42 km of the day's special, Portugal's Ruben Faria (KTM) has achieved the 3rd best time, 23" behind the stage leader, his countryman, Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), but 22" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

08:20 - Bike
5 - Rodrigues leads after 42 km

Now that the first 6 bikes have completed 42 km of the day's special, Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) has been credited with the best provisional time, 20" ahead of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) and 45" in front of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

08:15 - Quad
258 - THE QUADS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of the 9th special yesterday, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris), who started in 35th place of the bike/quad pack, kicked off proceedings for the 10th quad special at 7.50:30, as scheduled. He was followed 1'30 later by Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), who started in 38th place of the bike/quad pack.


107:35 - Bike
1 - READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome to everybody. After the 9th stage yesterday, 206 crews - 93 bikes, 14 quads, 64 cars and 35 trucks -- were authorised to start the 10th stage this morning. The stage 9 winner, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) kicked off proceedings for the day's special at 7.15, as scheduled. The Title holder was followed two minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

06:00
STAGE 10: LA SERENA - SANTIAGO

586 km are on the menu for the 10th stage of the 32nd Dakar, including a timed section of 238 kilometres in which the competitors will bid farewell to the Atacama and say hello to a more technical, bending and undulating route that winds through the fine landscapes of the mountains. It will be a tricky special, where competitors must be especially careful of the vegetation and in particular the many cactuses dotted over the route.

-source: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Jun Mitsuhashi , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Joseph Adua , Helder Rodrigues , Ruben Faria , Nicolas Gibon , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik , Alejandro Patronelli , Sebastian Halpern , Christophe Declerck