Stage 3 Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci notes

Stage 3 Monday 5 January 2009 Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci Connection 70 km Special 551 km Connection 73 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 21:15 - Car Stage 3 summary Pending validation, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) won his 2nd stage of ...

Stage 3
Monday 5 January 2009
Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci

Connection 70 km
Special 551 km
Connection 73 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

21:15 - Car
Stage 3 summary

Pending validation, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) won his 2nd stage of the rally raid and his 3rd one in all his Dakar participations, 35" ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) and 1'40" ahead of Germany's Dieter Depping (VW). By a way of consequence in the overall rankings, the Qatari is climbing up two positions to now rank second, 3'40" behind the Spanish Volkswagen driver who still is a solid leader in the race. The manufacturer from Wolfsburg still keeps two Touareg on the podium, as Giniel De Villiers (VW) ranks 3rd, 5'45" behind Sainz. In the Open category, the stage victory goes to Robby Gordon (Hummer). And in the Production category, it is France's Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) who wins the stage.

21:10 - Truck
Stage 3 summary

Pending validation, five-time Dakar winner, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), won his first stage victory in this 31st edition, 3'24" ahead of Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) and 7'12" ahead of Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). By a way of consequence, in the overall rankings, if Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) remains in the lead, the Dutchman now has a 7'46" lead over Russia's Kabirov (Kamaz) and a 9'28" lead over today's winner, Chagin, who is now ranking 3rd in the overall.

21:07 - Bike
Stage 3 summary

Pending validation, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) easily won this 3rd staget, 17'49" ahead of his team mate and countryman Jordi Viladoms (KTM) and Norway's Pal-Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), both tieing in 2nd place. The third fastest time of the stage goes to France's David Casteu (KTM) checking 18'16" behind the winner. By a way of consequence, in the overall rankings, Coma now has a 39'11" lead over Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha), also leader in the 450cc category and a 41'14" lead over Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM), who is the leader in the marathn category.

21:02 - Quad
Stage 3 summary

Pending validation, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha) won this third stage 1'47" ahead of France's Christophe Declerck (Yamaha), winner of the 2 first special stages and 10'55" ahead of Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha). In the overall rankings, Christophe Declerck nevertheless remains the firm leader of the rally raid with a 30'37" lead over the day's winner and 45'45" over Spain's Gonzalez.

19:44 - Truck
501 - Chagin can start counting his stage victories for 2009

As the first 3 trucks have now finished today's stage, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is provisional leader, 3'24" ahead of Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), who nevertheless remains steady leader in the overall rankings and 7'12" ahead of his Russian team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

19:07 - Quad
250 - Machacek deprives Declerck from third stage victory

As the first 4 quads have now reached the end of the 3rd special stage, Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha) is the provisional stage winner, 1'47" ahead of the winner of the fist two stages, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha), who still remains firm leader in the overall rankings and 10'55" ahead of Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha).

18:41 - Truck
501 - Chagin, still in the lead at CP2

As the first 3 trucks had crossed CP2 on km 434 of today's special stage, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) was in the lead, 1'54" ahead of overall rankings leader, Dutchma Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) and 4'44" ahead of his team mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

18:21 - Car
302 - Second stage victory for Al-Attiyah

As the first 8 cars have now finished today's special stage, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) was ranking first 35" ahead of the Volkswagen of the leader in the overall rankings Carlos Sainz and 1'40" ahead of the Volkswagen of his German team mate Dieter Depping (VW).

18:16 - Truck
501 - Chagin in the lead at CP1

As the first 30 trucks have now crossed CP1 on km 196 of today's stage, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) checked in the lead, 1'53" ahead of overall rankings leader Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) and 3'08" ahead of his team mate and fellow countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). It is also to be noted that Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf), 3rd in the overall rankings has not yet crossed CP1.

17:43 - Bike
1 - Despres is running more than one hour behind...

Starting 2nd this morning, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) has just reached the end of the day's special stage and is now provisionally ranking 29th of the stage 1h02'50" behind stage winner and - more than ever - overall rankings leader, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM).

17:26 - Car
302 - Al-Attiyah confirms at CP2

As the first 5 cars have now crossed CP2 at km 434 of today's special stage, Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) is still in the lead of the stage, 2'44" ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW), who is back in the race after experiencing a bit of trouble earlier in the day and 3'38" ahead of Germany's Dieter Depping (VW).

17:23 - Quad
250 - Machacek provisional leader at CP2

As the first 3 quads have now crossed CP2, it is now Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha) who was timed in the lead, 4'52" ahead of the leader in the overall rankings, France's Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) and 10'13" ahead of Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha).

17:18 - Bike
4 - Ullevalseter ties in second place

As the first 8 bikes have now finished the day's special stage, it is now Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter who is ranking 2nd of the stage with the exact same timing as Spain's Jordi Viladoms. Both riders are ahead of France's Michel Marchini (Yamaha)by 3'49".

17:06 - Bike
2 - Great move for Coma!

As the first 5 bikes had arrived at the end of the 3rd special stage, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) was the provisional winner of the stage, times 17'49" ahead of his countryman Jordi Viladoms (KTM) and 22'20" ahead of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha).

17:00 - Bike
1 - More tyre problems for Despres

Already victim of tyre problems on day one, title holder Cyril Despres (KTM) has been hit by trouble again today. After having had issues with the anti-flat foam on his rear tyre, the Frenchman has been experiencing a bulge on his wheel this time around. Now unable to drive faster than 60 km/h, the 2007 winner is being passed by the whole raid caravan.

16:53 - Car
302 - Al-Attiyah, best time at CP1

As the first 30 cars have now crossed CP1, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) was timed provisional leader of today's special stage, 1'26" ahead Giniel de Villiers (VW) and 2'22" ahead of both Mitsubishis of Peterhansel and Roma, who were both timed in 3rd position ex-aequo. Carlos Sainz (VW), the leader in the overall rankings, was then timed in 5th position, 2'35" behind the Qatari driver.

16:34 - Bike
2 - Coma in the lead at CP2

As the first 35 bikes have new crossed CP2, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) is in the lead of today's stage, 13'34" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) and 17'10" ahead of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). Leader at CP1, France's Cyril Despres (KTM) would have crossed CP2 with a 53'14" delay on the Spaniard who is his biggest contender.

16:22 - Car
314 - Torn out wheel for Henrard...

Started 25th this morning, Belgian Stephane Henrard (VW) has had to stop at km 190 of the day's special stage after tearing out one of the front wheels of his buggy and is now trying to repair while waiting for his assitance.

16:13 - Bike
1 - A 30' delay for Despres

Leader at CP1, France's Cyril Despres (KTM) only checked 25th at CP2 on km 434 of the day's special stage, more than 30' after stage and overall rankings leader, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM).

15:46 - Bike
2 - Coma, provisional stage leader at CP2

As the first 4 bikes have now crossed CP2 at km 434 of today's special stage, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM), who started 17th this morning, has been checked in the lead of the stage, 1'56" ahead of his countryman Jordi Viladoms (KTM) and 2'53" in front of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha).

15:23 - Car
301 - Sainz, provisional stage leader at CP1

As the first 4 cars have now crossed CP1, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) is the provisional leader of the stage, in the lead 1'47" ahead of France's Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) and 2'51" ahead of his South-African team mate Giniel De Villiers (VW).

15:17 - Car
336 - De Gavardo has stopped...

French-Chilian team Carlo De Gavardo and Jean Brucy (Buggy SMG) has had to stop at km 125 of today's special stage; it seems their buggy has a belt problem.

15:14 - Car
303 - Alphand back in the race...

After stopping for about 30 minutes at km 124, Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi) is now back in the race and driving at normal racing speed.

14:55 - Car
303 - Alphand has stopped!

Stopped at km 124 of the day's special stage, Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi), winner of the 2006 edition of the Dakar, has already lost almost 30 minutes over his contenders...

14:24 - Car
324 - Engine trouble for Vigneroux

Stopped just 2km after today's special stage start, France's Eric Vigouroux, team mate of American driver Robby Gordon, suffered an engine breakdown on his Hummer and is now waiting for the assistance truck.

14:22 - Quad
258 - Declerck, alone in the lead... again

As the three first quads have crossed CP1, France's Cyril Declerck (Yamaha), who already won the two first stages and who is solidly anchored to the lead in the overall rankings, was timed in the lead of the day's stage, 7'46" ahead of Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) and 14'08" ahead of Poland's Rafal Sonik (Yamaha).

13:35 - Bike
2 - Coma ranking 6th at CP1.

The leader in the overall rankings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) was temporarily ranking 6th at CP1 (km197) 9'41" behind the stage's provisional leader, France's Cyril Despres (KTM).

13:32 - Car
301 - It's a go for cars... and trucks

Winner of yesterday's special stage and the new leader in the overall rankings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) started the day's special stage at 9:14AM as scheduled followed 2' later by Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi). It is to be noted that for this 3rd stage, there will be no separate starts for cars and trucks. So the winner of yesterday's truck special stage and the leader in the overall rankings for trucks, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), will start in 30th position.

13:27
1 - Despres in the lead at CP1

As the first 7 bikes have now crossed CP1, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is in the lead, 56" ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM) and 2'04" ahead of Franc's David Fretigne (Yamaha).

13:24
2 - Coma in the lead at km47

Starting 17th of the day's special stage, the leader in the overall rankings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) was timed in the lead at km47, 3'02" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) and 4'05" ahead of France's Alain Duclos (KTM).

12:57 - Bike
12 - Fretigne takes the lead at km47

As the 3 first bikes have crossed the km47 marker of the day's special stage, France's David Fretigne on his 450cc Yamaha is in the lead 7" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM). The first rider to start this morning, Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM) was already timed 2'29 behind Fretigne.

11:24
Ready, steady, go!

Good morning to you all. At the end of Stage 2 yesterday, 475 teams -- 201 bikes, 24 quads, 170 cars and 80 trucks - finished the day in the rankings; the number of official withdrawals of the second day was 17. On the side of the race, Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (KTM), who won the stage yesterday, started the day's special stage at 7:00 AM as per schedule followed 2 minutes later by France's Cyril Despres (KTM). The leader in the overall rankings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) will start 17th of the day's stage.

18:06
STAGE 3: PUERTO MADRYN - JACOBACCI

694.56 km are on the menu for the 3rd stage, but 550.74 km of these will be timed, making it the second longest special of the rally! The route includes quick tracks without great difficulties, but the competitors will have to be careful about the state of their tires, to avoid the pitfalls encountered in the first stage. They also need to be wary of the vegetation typical of the Pampa, which will be all over the route... This special should again witness a fine struggle between the car constructors in terms of pure speed, whereas in the bike category, Cyril Despres will be hoping to catch up more time on Marc Coma, probably a little angry about his misfortune on the 2nd stage.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Luc Alphand , Stéphane Henrard , Dieter Depping , Stéphane Peterhansel , Jean Brucy , Cyril Despres , Gerard de Rooy , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , David Fretigne , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Alain Duclos , David Casteu , Jordi Viladoms , Frans Verhoeven , Francisco Lopez , Josef Machacek , Rafal Sonik , Christophe Declerck