Stage 2 Cordoba to La Rioja notes

Stage 2 - Cordoba to La Rioja Sunday, January 3 Bikes / Quads * Liaison : 56 km * Speciale : 294 km * Liaison : 276 km * Total : 626 km Cars / Trucks * Liaison : 56 km * Speciale : 355 km * Liaison : 276 km * Total : 687 km Breaking news...

Stage 2 - Cordoba to La Rioja
Sunday, January 3

Bikes / Quads
* Liaison : 56 km
* Speciale : 294 km
* Liaison : 276 km
* Total : 626 km

Cars / Trucks
* Liaison : 56 km
* Speciale : 355 km
* Liaison : 276 km
* Total : 687 km

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

22:22 - Car
Stage 2 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) gets his fifth stage victory behind the wheel of a car on the Dakar and his first stage victory in this 32nd edition 1'08 ahead of Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) and 2'01 ahead of a surprising Brazilian driver named Mauricio Nevès (VW)... Consequence in the standings, Nasser Al-Attiyah takes the lead 1'19 ahead of his Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2'30 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW). Next are Miller, Nevès and De Villiers, i.e. 5 VW in the Top 6 !... No surprises however in the Open category where US driver Robby Gordon gets a new stage victory with the 11th fastest time at scratch. In the production category Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) wins the stage 4'10 ahead of his team mate, Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota). The Japanese driver hence comforts his position in the lead of the overall standings of the production category with now a 7'13 lead over France's Ronan Chabot.

22:16 - Bike
Stage 2 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, French rider David Fretigne confirmed the great performance of the 450cc against the restrained 690cc. With a time of 3h59'20, i.e. 43" faster than his fellow countryman David Casteu (Sherco), the Yamaha rider gets an eighth special stage victory on the Dakar. Marc Coma (KTM) was the third fastest today arriving 1'08 after the day's winner but the Spaniard lost much more than a big minute today. Indeed, caught speeding when crossing a village in yesterday's stage, the title holder received a 22-min penalty. Consequence in the general standings, if David Casteu is still - logically - in the lead, it is now his "best enemy" Cyril Despres (KTM), who is ranking second 2'10 behind the Nice rider and just 4 short seconds ahead of the day's stage winner who ends up in a great third place in the standings... As for Coma he is now 14th some 22'37 behind the leader.

22:09 - Truck
Stage 2 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards five-time Dakar winner and Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) wins his second special stage in the 32nd Dakar bringing his personal record of stage victories in the truck category to 49. With a time of 4h35'07, the Czar finishes 2'47 in front of his faithful lieutenant Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 14'58 ahead of Brazilian driver Andre De Azevedo (Tatra). In the standings, Chagin naturally flies way above the pack in the lead with now a 6'47 lead on Kabirov and a 26'34 lead on De Azevedo. The 2nd special stage was also marked by the technical concerns of Czech driver Alès Loprais(Tatra), who started second this morning but has now been stuck for several hours at km 140 of the second stage.

22:03 - Quad
Stage 2 summary

Pending validation French rider Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris) wins the second stage of the 32nd Dakar. With a clock of 4h18'03 the Frenchman finishes 2'06 ahead of Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) and 5'47 ahead of Argentine rider Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha). This is a great performance for the French rider who goes back up in the general standings and is now 11th 27'58 behind the new leader, Gonzalez Corminas. The Spaniard now has a 2'37 lead over the local kid, Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), and 2'49 on Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha). It is to be noted that this second stage was marked by the mechanical problems of title holder Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), who is now in 15th place in the general standings 43'20 behind the race's leader.

21:55 - Truck
501 - Double take for Chagin!

After winning yesterday's special stage, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) did it again today and got the best clock of the second special stage of the rally raid finishing 2'47 ahead of his team mate and fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 14'58 ahead of Brazil's Andre De Azevedo (Tatra).

20:29 - Truck
501 - A fun and easy ride for Kamaz

After the first 8 trucks cleared the day's CP on km 223, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) was still leisurely in the lead now 2'29 ahead of his faithful lieutenant Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 9'23 ahead of Brazil's Andre De Azevedo (Tatra).

19:55 - Truck
501 - Gaps are widening...

As the first 6 trucks have passed the km 181 marker of the day's special stage, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) remains in the lead now 2'27 ahead of his team mate and fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), who is - apparently - the only one who seems able to follow the wild pace of the "Czar". Indeed, behind them if Brazilian driver Andre Azevedo (Tatra) ranks third, he is already 8'21 behind Chagin and the situation is even worse for Czech driver Alès Loprais (Tatra), who has been stranded at km 132 for over 30 minutes.

19:19 - Car
306 - Double victory for Al-Attiyah!

The first 20 cars have now reached the end of the 2nd car special stage and Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is the winner of the day's stage 1'08 ahead of France's Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) and 2'01 ahead of Brazil's Mauricio Nevès (VW). Moreover, in the general standings, Al-Attiyah (VW) is now in command ranking first 1'19 ahead of his team mate, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2'30 ahead of France's Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

19:15 - Bike
1 - 22' penalty for Coma!

After finishing 3rd of the day's special stage 1'08 of winner David Fretigne (Yamaha), Spanish Dakar title holder Marc Coma (KTM) was given 22' penalty upon arrival at La Rioja. The sanction was taken because of the Spaniard's excessive speed driving through a village.

18:38 - Truck
501 - Chagin widens the gap in the lead

The first 6 trucks have passed km 90 of the day's special stage and Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is still in the lead 1'28 ahead of fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). Both team mates have also significantly widened the gap between them and their followers as the provisional third place holder - Czech Republic's Ales Loprais (Tatra) - is already more than 4'17 behind.

17:39 - Truck
501 - Chagin, leader at km 50

The first 8 trucks have just passed the km 50 marker of the day's special stage and Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) gets the best clock 44" ahead of his team mate and fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and already 2'19 ahead of Czech driver Martin Macik (Liaz).

17:37 - Car
306 - Al-Attiyah back in the lead at CP!

The first 15 cars have passed the day's check point on km 223 and it is again Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) who checks in the lead 23" ahead of Brazil's Nevès (VW) and 1'03 ahead of Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

17:35 - Truck
500 - IT'S A GO FOR TRUCKS!

Title holder Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) started the day's special stage for trucks as per schedule at 12:40 followed 2' later by his team mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz). As several trucks were stopped in the special stage yesterday due to accidents, the organizers decided to make them start today's special in the order of their race numbers and not in the order of their finish yesterday on grounds of fairness.

17:31 - Quad
253 - Deltrieu gets stage victory and Gonzalez Corominas gets in the lead!

The first 15 quads have now completed the day's special stage and French rider Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris) finishes with the best clock in 4h 18'03, i.e. 2'06 ahead of Spain's Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) and 5'47 ahead of Argentinian Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha). This being said, Gonzalez Corominas gets in the lead in the overall standings 2'37 ahead of the older Patronelli brother.

17:06 - Car
307 - Chicherit in the lead at the km 181 marker

As the first 10 cars have crossed the km 181 marker, French driver Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) is now in the lead of the day's special stage 2" ahead of Brazil's Nevès (VW) and 39" ahead of Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

16:53 - Car
307 - Chicherit 2nd fastest at km 136...

The first 10 cars have passed the km 136 marker of this 2nd special stage and if Brazil's Mauricio Nevès (VW) is still in the lead of the stage, it is now Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) who is 16" behind the provisional leader. 3rd provisional clock goes to Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) 49" behind the leader but 1'09 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) now ranking 4th.

16:33 - Quad
253 - Deltrieu, easy leader at CP

The first 15 quads have now passed the day's CP located at the km 229 marker and French rider Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris) is an easy stage leader 2'01 ahead of Spain's Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) and 4'15 ahead of Argentine rider Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

16:06 - Car
312 - Nevès hammers it in...

As the first 20 cars have now passed the km 90 marker of the day's special stage, Mauricio Nevès (VW) is still in the lead 39" ahead of his team mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 44" ahead of French driver Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

15:45 - Car
307 - Chicherit is the 3rd fastest at km 50...

Victim of multiple engine failures at the end of yesterday's special stage, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) was firmly intent on compensating part of his lost time today already. Presently, the former freestyle ski world champion is following his plan by the book as he was clocked with the 3rd fastest time at the km 50 marker, 37" behind stage leader Nevès (VW), but 10" ahead of his team mate Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

15:41 - Quad
253 - 1'41 lead for Deltrieu...

Still at the end of the quad pack because of his starting position this morning, French rider Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris) has just cleared km 181 of today's special stage. This being said, as shown by his clocks at previous markers, he is way in the lead with a last clock putting him 1'41 ahead of previous provisional leader Martin Plechaty (Yamaha) !

15:32 - Bike
12 - Fretigne's turn!...

After Casteu's surprise yesterday, it is yet again a 450cc rider who wins the day's stage... The first 8 bikes have now reached the end of the day's stage and it is David Fretigne (Yamaha) who clocks in the lead... This is the 8th stage victory on the Dakar for the rider who wins with a 43" lead over his countryman David Casteu (Sherco), who nevertheless stays first in the overall standings. On the favorites' side, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) and France's Cyril Despres respectively concede 1'08 and 2'50 to the day's winner...

15:27 - Car
312 - Best clock for Nevès at the km 50 marker

10th in the overall standings this morning, Mauricio Nevès (VW) also decided to turn his driving up a notch behind the wheel of his factory Toaureg. The Brazilian driver was clocked in the lead of today's special stage as he cleared the km 50 marker 26" ahead of his team mate Al-Attiyah.

15:18 - Car
306 - Al-Attiyah is gaining ground

After a pretty tame first special stage yesterday to find his bearing, Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has obviously decided to speed up the pace today. As the first 5 cars have now passed the km 50 marker of the day's special stage, the Qatari driver is in the lead, 21" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 29" ahead of his Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

15:10 - Car
311 - Terranova like Roma!

Starting 13th of the day's car special stage, Orlando Terranova (Mitsubishi) was not scared off by the mishaps of Nani Roma (BMW) at km 2 of the day's stage. Indeed, the Argentine driver did exactly the same somersault 3 km further down the trail... on km 5. Fortunately there was no harm done except for several lost minutes for the local kid who was nevertheless able to get back in the race.

14:56 - Quad
277 - Plechaty takes the lead...

The first 6 quads have now passed km 181 of the day's special stage, and pending the clock of Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris), who was in the lead at all previous markers, it is Czech Republic's Martin Plechaty (BMW) who checks in the lead, 59" ahead of the older of the Patronelli brothers, i.e. Alejandro (Yamaha)... However, the Iritrack of the 2009 winner, Josef Machacek (Yamaha), is not giving the rider's position for the time being and the Cezch rider is therefore not yet in the ranking.

14:53 - Car
304 - Multiple somersaults for Roma!

After starting the race with the ambition of being as succesful as yesterday, the leader in the general standings Nani Roma (BMW) made a mistake just 2 km after the start of the day's special stage! The driver somersaulted and ended up in a gulch. Fortunately no one was injured in the car but the team lost almost 15 minutes to getting the car back on the trail and starting again.

14:36 - Bike
3 - Casteu and Coma together at CP

As the first 5 bikes have just passed the check point located at km 229, it is French rider David Fretigne (Yamaha) who still checks in the lead with now 1'17 lead over his countryman David Casteu (Sherco) and Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), who were both clocked with the exact same time.

14:34 - Car
304 - IT'S A GO FOR CARS!

The winner of yesterday's special stage and leader in the general stadings, Spanish driver Nani Roma (BMW) kicked off the second special stage at 10:16 AM as per new schedule. He was followed two minutes later by his fellow countryman Carlos Sainz (VW).

14:16 - Bike
12 - The advantage goes to the 450cc!...

As the first 15 bikes have passed km 181 of the day's special stage, it is now French rider David Fretigne (Yamaha) who is in the lead 8" ahead of fellow countryman David Casteu (Sherco). Both are riding 450cc bikes and have established a significant gap between them and their contenders as the third rider on today's stage, Italy's Luca Manca (KTM), the first contender riding a 690cc bike, is already 1'04 being the top duet. And the situation is even worse for the raid's favorites, i.e. Marc Coma (KTM) ranking 4th at 1'18, and Cyril Despres ranking 6th at 3'06 from the lead of the race.

14:05 - Car
304 - Start delayed in the cars category!

Due to bad weather conditions in the Cordoba area, the organizers decided - on grounds of safety - to delay the start of the day's special for cars by 30 minutes. The winner of the first special stage and leader in the general standings, Spanish driver Nani Roma (BMW) will therefore start the day's second special at 10:16 AM.

13:41 - Quad
253 - Best clock for Deltrieu at km 50

Penultimate quad to leave the Cordoba bivouac this morning, Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris) was rewarded with the best clock of the day's special stage as he crossed the km 50 marker 21" ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

13:28 - Bike
8 - Tough times for Verhoeven! ...

Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (BMW) is stopped at km 8 of the day's special stage and is waiting for his assistance... even if he does not have much hope of getting back into the race.

13:25 - Bike
12 - Fretigne gets Coma...

The first 8 bikes have now passed km 136 of the day's special stage and if David Casteu (Sherco) is still in the lead, it is now another 450cc ranking provisional 2nd of the stage, 19" from the Nice rider, i.e. the Yamaha of David Fretigne... The Frenchman now has a 7" lead on the first KTM 690 of Luca Manca (KTM). Excellent provisional 3rd clock, the Italian hence pushes back title holder and Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) to 4th position, 51" behind the stage's leaders.

13:21 - Bike
31 - Manca takes everyone by surprise!

Starting 12th this morning in Cordoba, Italian rider Luca Manca (KTM) went off at top speed and - apparently making the most of the trail opened by previous riders - started gaining ground on the pack and passing other riders at crazy speed. Hence, after being timed in 4th position at the km 50 marker, the Italian is now the provisional leader of the day's special stage 6" ahead of Casteu (Sherco) at the km 90 marker.

13:17 - Quad
250 - Machacek, provisional leader at the km 50 marker

As the first 10 quads crossed the km 50 marker of the day's special stage, title holder, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) was in the lead 14" ahead of Argentina's Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 49" ahead of his fellow countryman Martin Plechaty (Yamaha). Moreover, yesterday's winner, Poland's Rafal Sonik (Yamaha) was given an 8' penalty last night for speeding during liaison and was therefore ranking 8th 6'05 behind the new leader, Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) this morning.

12:44 - Bike
3 - Casteu strikes back!

As the first six bikes have now passed the km 90 marker of the day's special stage, the leader in the general standings, Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) is back in command at scratch, with a present 18" lead over Spain's Marc Coma (KTM). As for Cyril Despres (KTM), he is still loosing ground and has now been timed with a 2'07 delay over today's special stage leaders.

12:11 - Bike
1 - Coma attacks!

As the first 6 bikes have now passed the 50km marker of the day's special stage, title holder Marc Coma (KTM) is in the lead. The Spaniard is 4" ahead of the winner of yesterday's first special stage David Casteu (Sherco) and 47" ahead of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha). As for France's Cyril Despres (KTM) who did start 2nd this morning in Cordoba he has already lost 1'33 to the provisional stage leader.

11:32 - Bike
3 - READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome everyone. At the end of stage one yesterday, 357 out of the 362 teams who started the rally raid have been ranked in the standings... As for the race, French rider David Casteu (Sherco), who won yesterday's special stage and is leader in the standings, was naturally the first to start the day's special stage at 7:10 AM. The man from Nice (France) was followed by his fellow countryman Cyril Despres (KTM)who started two minutes later.

06:00
ETAPE 2: CORDOBA -- LA RIOJA

687 km for cars and trucks and 626 km for bikes and quads are on the menu of the 2nd stage of the Dakar 2010. In fact, just like during the first stage and for the same safety reasons, the competitors will be tackling two routes starting from Cordoba. The result is therefore a special stage with two versions: a short one of 294 km for the bikes and quads and a long one of 355 km for the cars and trucks. However, the terrain will be the same for everyone, very similar to world rally championship circuits in the first section before becoming more rocky and rugged later on. There is an extra difficulty for 4-wheelers: a very steep descent midway through the route, where brakes and gears will be put under great strain.

-source: aso

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