Stage 2 Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman notes

Stage 2 Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman
January 3, 2011

Truck:

17:28 - truck
500 - Kabirov replaces Chagin...

The first 5 trucks have just finished the day's special stage and in the end Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has obtained the best time, winning his 34th stage victory on the Dakar and his 1st in 2011. The winner in 2009 took advantage of a slip-up by the "Tsar" Chagin in the last few kilometres to grab victory, 1'20 ahead of Czech Alиs Loprais (Tatra), and 5'09 in front of Dutchman Franz Echter (MAN)...In the lead until CP3 after 267 km of the special, Vladimir Chagin eventually lost 6'14, and now is merely 3rd in the general standings, 22" behind the new leader Kabirov. A promising development for truck race, because between the 2 Kamaz vehicles, Czech driver Loprais occupies 2nd place, only 9" behind Kabirov!

15:35 - truck
500 - Chagin is driving home his advantage

With the first 5 trucks through CP2 on the day's car-truck special, Russian Vladimir Chagin still boasts the best provisional time. The "Tsar" of the Kamaz team possesses a lead of 1'51 over his young team-mate (Kamaz) and 2'20 over Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). As regards Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) he trails the stage leader by 5'12.

14:11 - truck
500 - Kamaz on parade

The first 4 trucks have just passed through CP1 after 93 km of the day's car-truck special and the title holder, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time. More importantly, the "Tsar" is leading his two team-mates and countrymen, young Eduard Nikolaev and his usual lieutenant Firdaus Kabirov, respectively by 51" and 1'21. The expected main rival of Chagin, Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) is in 4th position, but already trails Chagin by 2'31.

Car:

13:50 - car
303 - At least 35 minutes lost for Gordon

After mechanical problems at the 238 km point on the day's special, American Robby Gordon (Hummer) was able to resume racing, but lost more than 35 minutes at the roadside.

13:48 - car
300 - Sainz still leads the general standings

The winner of a 2nd consecutive special, the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), now boasts a lead of 3'05 over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) at the top of the general standings. Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is in 3rd place, 3'19 from the race leader.

13:44 - car
302 - 2nd provisional time for Al-Attiyah

The first 3 cars have finished the day's car-truck special and Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best time. As a result, the Spaniard has picked up his 19th stage victory on the Dakar, and his second consecutive win, 1'03 ahead of his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). Very quick on the end of the stage, the Qatari stole 2nd best time in the last few kilometres from Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), but only by 15 seconds.

13:38 - car
303 - Gordon has ground to a halt...

American Robby Gordon (Hummer) is currently at a standstill after 238 km of the day's car-truck route and has been for the last 15 minutes...

13:36 - car
300 - Sainz has finished the special

Although Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) is still on the special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), who opened the road today, has completed the 324 km of the day's timed stage.

13:03 - car
300 - Sainz already in control...

The first two cars have just reached CP3 after 266 km of the day's car-truck special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best provisional time. Better still, "El Matador" has slightly extended his lead on Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), still 2nd, but now 54" behind.

12:55 - car
304 - Miller is on the way again

After losing 17 minutes at the roadside on the special stage, American Mark Miller (VW) has just resumed the race...

Truck:

12:53 - truck
500 - It's all go for the trucks

The winner of the 1st special yesterday, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) kicked off proceedings for the day's special in the truck category, at 12.39 as scheduled. He was followed 2 minutes later by Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra), who is now his biggest rival following the withdrawal of Gerard de Rooy (Iveco) yesterday.

Car:

12:43 - car
304 - On-going problems for Miller

Already in trouble after a crash at the start of the special, during which he badly damaged his Volkswagen, American Mark Miller is currently at a standstill after 161 km of the day's car-truck special stage and has been for the around the last 10 minutes.

12:40 - car
301 - "Peter" catching up with Sainz

The first two cars have just passed through CP2 after 198 km of the day's car-truck special and whilst Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best time, he now only has a lead of 41" over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

12:12 - car
305 - Chicherit starts his comeback

Following yesterday's loss of 55 minutes due to brake problems during the 1st special stage, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (Mini) knew that the 2nd stage would be difficult with a fair few competitors to overtake on the tracks. However, for the moment, everything is going well for the world champion free-ride skier, who was 21st to start this morning and who reached CP1 after 93 km of the special with the 5th best provisional time, 2'18 behind the stage leader.

11:59 - car
304 - More than 20 minutes lost for Miller

Following a crash after 45 km of the day's car-truck special stage, American Mark Miller (VW) has just made it through CP1, after 93 km of the day's car-truck special, and trails the provisional leader, his team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW) by 22'53.

Quad:

11:55 - quad
252 - Alejandro, but only just!

The first two quads have just finished the day's bike-quad special and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has held on to win, but only 28" ahead of Josef Machacek (Yamaha). The Czech clawed back time on the end of the special, having trailed the younger Patronelli brother by 2'18 at CP3. As a result, he holds on to the lead in the general standings.

Car:

11:30 - car
300 - Sainz maintaining his winning pace

The winner of the 1st special stage and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) is continuing in the same vein, and leads the day's special now that the first 5 cars have made it through CP1 (after 93 km) on the car-truck route. "El Matador" boasts a lead of 50" over Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'23 over another Volkswagen belonging to Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah.

11:27 - car
304 - Mishap for Miller

Following a crash after 45 km of the day's car-truck special stage, Mark Miller (VW) has badly damaged the bodywork of his Race Touareg 3, with a broken windscreen, the bonnet ripped off and a door that will not shut anymore... It still has not stopped the American who is soldiering on, but less quickly than before.

Quad:

11:16 - quad
252 - Patronelli looking good for victory...

With the first 5 quads now through CP3 (after 243 km) on the day's bike-quad special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) still boasts the best provisional time, 2'18 ahead of general standings leader, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 4'28 in front of his countryman Tomas Maffei (Yamaha).

Bike:

11:13 - bike
005 - 3rd best time for Casteu

Now that the first 15 bikes have finished the timed section of the day's route, Frenchman David Casteu has been classed in 3rd place, 3'46 behind provisional winner Cyril Despres (KTM). This position has helped him climb from 12th to 6th in the general standings.

11:10 - bike
002 - A good start for Despres!

The first 3 bikes have finished the day's special and it is Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who is the provisional winner. First to start this morning, the title holder put in a great performance today, distancing his main rival, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), by 1'49, and his Portuguese water carrier, Ruben Faria (KTM) by 5'42!...Already having won the 1st special after the 1 minute penalty received by Faria for breaking the speed limits, Cyril Despres has picked up his 25th stage victory on the Dakar and, more importantly, he has increased his lead in the general standings, now finding himself 2'35 ahead of Coma.

11:03 - car
300 - The rain was waiting for the cars...

Now that the first 25 cars have started this 2nd special stage, moderate amounts of rain have started to fall on the first 40 km of the race, making the tracks very slippery.

Bike:

11:01 - bike
060 - A lesson in humility...

58th to start the 2nd special of this 33rd Dakar, Spaniard Joan Barreda Bort (Aprilia) set out with the burning desire to claw back time lost after a difficult first stage. He was achieving his objective with gusto up to CP2 of the day's bike-quad route, where he boasted the 10th best time. Unfortunately, it is never a good idea to go on all out attack on a Dakar and the Aprilia rider soon found this out. Following a bad crash, 3 km after CP2, fortunately without any serious physical consequences, Barreda has badly damaged his steed and is now trying to repair it to restart the race.

10:32 - bike
005 - Casteu slips back

The first 8 bikes have made it through CP3 of the day's bike-quad special. Classed in 2nd at CP2, Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) has clearly slowed and after 243 km he is in 4th position, 7" behind Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez, placed third behind the handlebars of his Aprilia, and more importantly trailing Cyril Despres (KTM) by 2'54.

Car:

10:21 - car
300 - The cars are on their way!

The car special stage of the day was started at 10.12 AM, as scheduled, by yesterday's winner and general standings leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW). The title holder was followed two minutes later by Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

Bike:

10:18 - bike
002 - Despres opening up the gap

The first 3 bikes have reached CP3 (after 243 km) of the day's bike-quad special and Cyril Despres (KTM) still boasts the best time. Even better, the Andorran resident has increased his lead on his closes pursuers, with a lead that is now 2'14 over Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

Quad:

10:12 - quad
252 - Patronelli driving home his advantage

The misfortune of his younger brother Marcos, during the 1st stage yesterday, probably served as a lesson to Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), who visibly has decided to take control of the race as quickly as possible. In any case, the Argentinean is currently haring along at lightning pace and boasts the best provisional time at CP2, 1'46 in front of general standings leader, Czech rider Machacek (Yamaha). The third provisional time goes to another Argentinean, Tomas Maffei (Yamaha), 2'20 behind the stage leader.

Bike:

09:34 - bike
005 - Casteu moves up a place

In provisional 3rd place at CP1, the rider from Nice David Casteu has taken advantage of the 105 km leading up to CP2. On completing 169 km of the special, the Sherco rider boasts the 2nd best time, still 1'31 behind leader Cyril Despres (KTM), but 18" in front of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

09:22 - bike
002 - Despres still leads at CP2

The first 3 bikes have just reached CP2 (after 169 km) on the day's bike-quad route and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still leads with the best provisional time, 1'49 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 4'18 in front of Portugal's Ruben Faria (KTM).

Quad:

09:20 - quad
252 - One Patronelli replaces another...

Now that the first 5 quads have made it to CP1 (after 64 km) of the day's bike-quad special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) holds the best provisional time, 16" ahead of general standings leader, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 25" in front of Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha).

Bike:

08:33 - bike
009 - Pain climbing up the rankings...

14th to start from Cordoba this morning, Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha) has ridden an excellent start to the stage: he is now in 5th provisional position after passing CP1, 57" behind the race leader.

08:30 - bike
005 - Casteu in 3rd at CP1

7th to start this morning, Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) boasts the 3rd best provisional time after reaching CP1, 46" behind the race leader. The rider from Nice now leads Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) and the 3 BMWs of Brazilian Jose Helio Rodrigues, Dutchman Frans Verhoeven and Portugal's Goncalves, respectively in 4th, 5th and 6th place.

Quad:

08:19 - quad
251 - The quads are on their way...

The winner of the 1st special and general standings leader, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) kicked off proceedings for the day's quad special, at 7.51 AM as scheduled, in 37th overall position of the bike-quad pack. The winner of the 2009 edition was followed two minutes later by his water carrier and countryman, Martin Plechaty (Yamaha).

Bike:

08:15 - bike
002 - Despres leads at CP1

Now that the first 5 bikes have made it to CP1 (after 64 km) on the bike-quad route of the day's special, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) holds the best provisional time, 39" ahead of his great rival, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 1'41 in front of Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW).

Car:

07:55 - car
419 - It's a race against time for Cesar Zuleta!

Having suffered plenty of mechanical problems during yesterday's special, Chilean Cesar Zuleta (Toyota) has only just managed to finish the timed section and start on the link stage to Cordoba. Already forced to drive behind the sponsor's parade, Zuleta is now aiming to to start the day's special. To do so, he must arrive at the departure point in Cordoba before 12.40 pm. He will then be able to start the day's special stage, at worst behind the last truck and almost 3 hours behind the leading car.

Bike:

07:30 - bike
002 - The special is underway for the bikes...

Cyril Despres (KTM) kicked off proceedings for the 2nd special, at 7.15 am, as scheduled. The title holder was followed two minutes later by the winner of the 1st special: his water carrier, Portuguese rider Ruben Faria (KTM). At the end of yesterday's special, 398 crews and riders (196 bikes and quads, 138 cars and 64 trucks) completed the stage.

General:

06:00
Heading North!...

300 km for the bikes and quads, 324 km for the cars and trucks... Once again, the against-the-clock section of the stage will be split in order to avoid "traffic jams" on the trail. The decision is very wise, all the more so that the speed will be even higher tomorrow on broader and faster trails punctuated by a few blind jumps for the bikes. It remains to be seen if the weather will be good of if the contenders will have to face more rain storms again; bad weather would be a curse for the "unlucky souls" of the first day like Guerlain Chicherit and his Mini Countryman, who will have to attack to recover some of the time lost already. In the lead of the raid on a new WRC-type route, double rally world champion Carlos Sainz (VW) should have the upper hand again. On the bike side, we can count on the KTM of Despres-Faria and Coma-Pedrero to have a team race and widen the gap between them and the contenders of the bike manufacturers.

-source: dakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Franz Echter , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , David Casteu , Paulo Goncalves , Eduard Nikolaev , Frans Verhoeven , Ruben Faria , Olivier Pain , Josef Machacek , Alejandro Patronelli , Tomas Maffei , Joan Barreda