Stage 13 La Rioja to Cordoba notes

Stage 13 Friday 16 January 2009 La Rioja to Cordoba * Connection 161 km * Special 545 km * Connection 47 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 23:39 - Car SUMMARY OF STAGE 13 Pending validation by the race stewarts, Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi)...

Stage 13
Friday 16 January 2009
La Rioja to Cordoba

* Connection 161 km
* Special 545 km
* Connection 47 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

23:39 - Car
SUMMARY OF STAGE 13

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi) has given the Japanese manufacturer its first stage victory on this 31st Dakar, which is also Nani's first stage victory on four-wheels in a Dakar! In this 13th stage, the Spaniard took the lead by 7'18" over Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan), and by 7'27" over French driver Guerlain Chicherit (BMW). However there has been no change in the general standings where South-African driver Giniel De Villiers (VW) is still in command, 2'20" ahead of his US team-mate Mark Miller (VW), and 1h27'13" ahead of the Hummer of Robby Gordon. Victim of a mechanical problem after hitting a big boulder, the US driver still holds the lead in the Open category but looses his first stage in this category to his team-mate, Frenchman Eric Vigouroux. Finally, in the Production category, Japanese driver Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) has won stage 13 but it is still France's Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) who leads the general standings.

23:32 - Bike
SUMMARY OF STAGE 13

Pending validation by the race stewarts, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) has won his fourth stage in this 31st Dakar, his 20th (!) Dakar stage victory alltogether, by winning stage 13, 1'45" ahead of Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and 2'37" ahead of French rider David Fretigne (Yamaha). In consequence, in the general standings, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM) remains firm leader, 1h28'03" ahead of today's winner Cyril Despres, and 1h34'47" ahead of David Fretigne, who remains the undoubted leader in the 450cc category. On the marathon side, it is still Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (KTM) who holds the lead.

23:28 - Truck
SUMMARY OF STAGE 13

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has won stage 13 - his 2nd stage victory on this raly - 2'12" ahead of Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) and 2'47" ahead of Brazilian driver Andre De Azevedo (Tatra). In consequence, in the general standings, Kabirov takes the lead again over five-time Dakar winner "Czar" Chagin who now ranks 2nd at 3'00. The 3rd place goes to Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), who is 57'37" behind the leaders in the standings.

23:25 - Quad
SUMMARY OF STAGE 13

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Spanish rider Carlos Avendano (Suzuki) won stage 13 - his first victory in the Dakar - with a 2'12 lead over the leader in the general standings Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and a 2'49" lead over Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris). This, however, does not change the general standings where the Czech Machacek (Yamaha) is still comfortably in the lead, 2h20'20" ahead of Argentinian Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am), and 7h20'15" ahead of Poland's Rafal Sonik (Yamaha).

23:20 - Truck
506 - Kabirov back in the lead in the general standings

The first two trucks have just arrived at the end of this 13th stage and it is Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) who gets here his second stage victory of this year's edition and his 26th victory in a Dakar, 2'12" ahead of Duthman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), and 2'47" ahead of Brazilian driver Andre De Azevedo (Tatra). In consequence, Kabirov is back in the lead in the general standings, 3'00 ahead of former leader in the standings, Chagin, who finishes the day 4th at 4'33".

22:45 - Truck
504 - De Azevedo provisional leader at km 154

The first 5 trucks have now passed km 154 of today's special stage and it is Brazilian driver Andre De Azevedo (Tatra) who is in the lead, 13" ahead of Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), and 15" ahead of Germany's Franz Echter (MAN).

21:14 - Car
304 - Mistu's honor is safe thanks to Nani Roma

The first 10 cars have now reached the end of this 13th special stage and it is Spanish driver Nani Roma who wins and finally gives a stage victory to Mitsubishi on this 31st edition of the Dakar, 7'18" ahead of Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan), and 7'27 ahead of Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

21:10 - Truck
501 - Chagin provisional leader at km 62

The first three trucks have now passed km 62 of today's special stage and it is the leader in the general standings, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) who checks in the lead 3'02" ahead of this countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), and 3'49" ahead of Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

20:18 - Car
304 - Roma provisional leader at km132...

The first 20 cars have now passed km 132 of today's special stage and it is Spanish driver Nani Roma Mitsubishi) who checks in the lead 3'43" ahead of Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan), and 4'08" ahead of Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

20:07 - Truck
501 - It's a go for trucks...

The winner of stage 12 yesterday and the leader in the general standings, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) started the day's special stage for trucks at 3:59 PM followed 2' later by his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

19:27 - Quad
251 - A first for Avendano...

The first 4 quads have now finished today's special stage and Spanish driver Carlos Avendano (Suzuki) has won the stage - it is his first victory on this rally - 2'12" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 2'49" ahead of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

19:14 - Car
309 - 17'52" delay for Gordon!

In the lead after the strategic decision of the Volkswagen drivers, Robby Gordon (Hummer) did not really managed to make the most of the opportunity. The US driver checked at km 62 of today's special stage with a 17'52" delay over leader Chicherit...

19:11 - Car
306 - Chicherit provisional leader at km 62

The first 9 cars have now passed km 62 of today's special stage and it is French driver Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) who checks in the lead, 2'09" ahead of Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan), and 2'54" ahead of Germany's Dieter Depping, who is obviously privileged within the Volkswagen team thanks to the strategy of the squad of the German manufacturer from Wolfsburg.

18:45 - Bike
12 - Fretigne gets third place...

The five first bikes have now completed today's 13th stage and it is French rider David Fretigne and his Yamaha 450cc that get the stage's third place 2'37" behind today's winner Cyril Despres (KTM).

18:28 - Quad
251 - Avendano provisional leader at km 154

The first 3 quads have now passed km 154 of today's special stage and it is Spanish driver Carlos Avendano (Suzuki) who checks in the lead, 2'12" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 2'21" ahead of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

18:24 - Bike
1 - Fourth stage victory for Despres

Already the winner of yesterday's stage, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) has done it again and wins today's stage 13, 1'45" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM).

18:10 - Car
305 - Team strategy for VW...

3 km after the start both Volkswagen drivers Giniel De Villiers and Mark Miller stopped to wait for their German team-mate Dieter Depping, before starting again - as a convoy - to face the day's special stage all together... This strategy should be pretty profitable to US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer), who was third to start today's special and is now driving in the lead...

18:03 - Car
305 - It's a go for cars...

Winner of stage 12 yesterday and new leader in the general standings, South-African driver Giniel de Villiers (VW) started the day's special stage for cars followed 2' by his US team-mate Mark Miller (VW).

17:57 - Quad
250 - Machacek provisional leader at km 62

The first 8 quads have now passed km 62 of today's special stage and it is leader in the general stadings, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha), who checks in the lead, 28" ahead of Spain's Carlos Avendano (Suzuki), and 2'16" ahead of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

17:43 - Bike
1 - Despres, still in the lead at km 132

The first 8 bikes have now passed km 132 of today's special stage and it is still French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) who is in the lead, 1'00 ahead of the leader in the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and 1'33" ahead of French biker David Fretigne (Yamaha).

17:08 - Bike
25 - Thirs fastest time for Rodrigues Filho at km 62

17th at the start of the today's special stage behind the wheels of his Honda 450cc, Brazilian rider Jose Helio Rodrigues Filho checked third at km 62 of the day's special stage, 35" ahead of provisional leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

16:40 - Bike
1 - Despres in the lead at km 62

The first 5 bikes have now crossed km 62 of the day's special stage and it is French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) who checks in the lead, 31" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), and 48" ahead of another Frenchman: David Casteu (KTM).

15:51
READY, STEADY, GO

Hello and welcome. 280 teams -- 132 bikes and quads, 93 cars and 55 trucks -- have been granted the right to start today's 13th stage... The total amount of official withdrawals has been brought to 219 including 98 bikes, 84 cars, 11 quads and 26 trucks... On the side of the race, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM), the winner of yesterday's 12th stage, has opened the day's special stage at 11:35 AM, as per new schedule set after the route change, followed 2' later by the leader in the general standings, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM).

12:10
ROUTE CHANGE

Due to the torrential rain that has fallen last night in the areas of La Rioja and Cordoba making the route of today's special stage completely impassable - at least in its first part - the organizers have decided to change the route of stage 13. The contenders will drive in liaison on the road for 364 km to get to the original CP4 where the start of the 13th special stage will take place at 11:30AM with French biker Cyril Despres (KTM), winner of yesterday's stage, starting first. The contenders will then race a 220 km special stage, before adding up another 47 km liaison that will take them to Cordoba, the finish of this 13th stage.

07:00
STAGE 13: La Rioja - Cordoba

830 km are on the menu for stage 13, including 545 against the clock. For the penultimate stage, the participants are back in the Pampa on a route that will appeal to their pure driving skills and includes some of the trails that welcome - every year - the WRC Rally of Argentina but also has a lot of vegetation, prickly bushes and cacti. This special stage is made for conventional rally drivers. A pitty for two-time WR champ Carlos Sainz, who was forced to withdraw yesterday. Faced with a decimated group, the remaining contenders of the Dakar in all categories, called to order by the misfortune of the Spaniard, will certainly make sure not to loose everthing just a couple of days shy of the podium in Buenos Aires. All the more so because the big time gaps in the standings now prevent the hierarchy from changing if nothing goes wrong.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Dieter Depping , Giniel de Villiers , Cyril Despres , Franz Echter , Nani Roma , Marc Coma , Jun Mitsuhashi , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Krzysztof Holowczyc , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , David Casteu , Frans Verhoeven , Nicolas Gibon , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik