Stage 6 notes

16:59 - truck
504 - Loprais gets the winning feeling back!

4 years after winning his 1st stage victory on the Dakar, during the last special on the 2007 edition, Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) got the winning feeling back on this 6th special of the Dakar 2011. Taking full advantage of the problems encountered by the two leading drivers on the Kamaz team, the son of the mythical Karel, finally completed the day's 423 timed kilometres 5'55 ahead of Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz)and 9'39 in front of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz). Loprais's success brings to a close the series of 24 consecutive stage victories for Kamaz on the Dakar.In the general standings, Kabirov is still comfortably in the lead, 19'20 ahead of his team leader Chagin, and 21'25 in front of Alиs Loprais.

16:05 - truck
504 - Now its Loprais's turn...

With the first 4 trucks through CP4 after 362 km of the day's special, Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) now holds the best provisional time, 29" ahead of Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 5'07 in front of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

15:59 - quad
252 - Patronelli sails away in the general standings

The first two quads have finished this 6th special and the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has won, picking up his 5th stage victory on the Dakar, 15'04 ahead of his countryman Tomas Maffei (Yamaha), and 1:00'12" (!) in front of Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris).

15:37 - car
308 - De Villiers and Miller make it a full hose for VW

South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) has just finished the timed section of the day's stage and has picked up the 3rd best provisional time, 9'49 behind winner Carlos Sainz, and 1" ahead of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW), meaning that the Wolfsburg-based constructor's 4 machines occupy the day's first 4 positions...

15:34 - car
301 - "Peter" loses 12'25... and 2nd place in the general standings

Having spent most of this 6th special in the lead, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel has just completed the stage, 12'25 behind the day's winner, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW). This major loss of time was cause by 4 successive punctures in the last 100 kilometres of the special. As a result, in the general standings, the man from Vesoul is now 14'51 behind the leader, Sainz, and 12'09 behind the provisional 2nd placed driver, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

15:23 - car
300 - Number 4 for Sainz...

The first 2 cars have finished the day's special which has been won by Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), who picks up his 4th stage victory on this 33rd edition of the Dakar and the 21st of his career on the Dakar. "El Matador" beat his team-mate Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) by 9 seconds.

14:55 - truck
500 - Chagin back in the lead!

The first 3 trucks have just completed 306 km of the day's special and now Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has taken over the best provisional time, 2'52 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov, and 4'42 in front of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra).

14:36 - truck
500 - Chagin strikes back!

Now that the first 4 trucks have completed 261 km of the day's special, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) still possesses the best provisional time. However, the Russian now only has a lead of 27" over his countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and a lead of 1'01 over Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra).

14:23 - quad
252 - Patronelli breaks away out front...

The first 4 quads have just passed through CP4 after 362 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has the best provisional time, 11'34 (!) ahead of his countryman Tomas Maffei (Yamaha)and 44'58 (!!) in front of Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris).

14:19 - car
301 - "Peter" is being distanced

The first three cars have just passed through CP4 after 362 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'25 ahead of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). However, the good news for the Wolfsburg constructor concerns the troubles experience by Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), who has had to stop again and reached CP4 7'01 behind the stage leader.

-source: dakar

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Alejandro Patronelli , Tomas Maffei , Christophe Declerck