Stage 7 notes

13:15 - quad
252 - Patronelli loses 1h08'25 and the standings leadership!...

Victim of mechanical problems at the very outset of the special stage, Argentine rider Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) just completed special stage 7 and arrived 1h08'25 behind the day's winner, his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha). By a way of consequence, the older of the Patronelli brothers and former standings leader is now rankin second, 3'23 behind the new leader, his countryman Tomas Maffei (Yamaha).

13:00 - quad
280 - Maffei loses 58'51...

Ranking second in the standings at the start of today's special stage 7, Argentine rider Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) just completed the day's sectio against the clock and arrived 58'51 behind the day's winner, his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

12:40 - quad
255 - A surprise called Sebastian Halpern

The first 5 quads have just completed today's special stage and it is Argentine rider Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) who is the day's winner, 2'10 ahead of Poland's Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha), and 6'16 ahead of his fellow countryman Jorge Santamarina (Honda).

12:20 - truck
504 - Loprais... one more time...

The first 3 trucks have just completed today's special stage an Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) is the day's winner - with a second consecutive stage victory, his third one in a Dakar -; he finished 5'03 ahead of Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 14'05 ahead of Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz). In the general standings, Kabirov still holds the lead, 16'22 ahead of Loprais and 28'22 ahead of Chagin.

12:15 - car
301 - "Peter" loses another 7'40!...

Probably victim of repeated tire problems, French driver Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) just completed stage 7 and in the end the man from Vesoul lost 7'40 to the day's winner, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). In the general standings, "Peter" is now some 21'11 behind the raid leader, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW).

11:55 - car
302 - Number 10 for Al-Attiyah!

The first 2 cars have just completed the 252 km of today's special stage and Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is the day's winner; this is the man's 10th stage victory in a Dakar, his 2nd in 2011. The Qatari arrived 1'20 ahead of his Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2'56 ahead of his South-African team mate Giniel de Villiers (VW). In the general standings, Al-Attiyah is now only 1'22 behind the leader, Carlos Sainz.

11:25 - bike
005 - Things are going from bad to worse for Casteu!...

French rider David Casteu (Sherco) is now stranded at CP3 (km 192) of today's special stage and trying to repair a blocked gear box.

11:20 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah still in the lead at CP3

The first 4 cars have cleared CP3 located at km 192 of today's special stge and Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is still provisional time leader, 1'10 ahead of general standings leader and team mate Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) and 2'42 ahead of his South-African team mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). As for French driver Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), he is 6'40 behind the stage leaders.

11:15 - quad
280 - Maffei increases the gap in the lead

The first 4 quads have now cleared CP3 located at km 192 of today's special stage and Argentine rider Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) is still best provisional time, 7'37 ahead of French rider Christophe Declerck (Polaris) and 8'16 ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha). It is however to be noted that according to the information communicated by the Iritrack system, Tomas Maffei might not have cleared CP1.

11:05 - bike
003 - First stage victory in 2011 for "Chaleco"

The first 5 bikes have now completed today's special stage and Chilean rider Francisco Lopez (Aprilia) is the day's winner; this is his first stage victory in the 33rd Dakar, his fourth stage victory in his Dakar career. At the end of the 272 km of special stage, "Chaleco" finished 2'21 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 3'45 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM). In the general standings, Coma remains in the lead but with a shorter 7'24 lead on title holder Despres.

-source: dakar

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