Stage 8 Valparaiso to La Serena notes

Stage 8 Sunday 11 January 2009 Valparaiso to La Serena * Connection 245 km * Special 294 km * Connection 113 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 15:45 - Car Summary of stage 8 Pending validation of results by the race stewards, the Spanish ...

Stage 8
Sunday 11 January 2009
Valparaiso to La Serena

* Connection 245 km
* Special 294 km
* Connection 113 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

15:45 - Car
Summary of stage 8

Pending validation of results by the race stewards, the Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW) has won his 4th stage in this rally and his 13th stage in the Dakar, 4'02 ahead of his German team-mate Dieter Depping (VW) and 4'12 ahead of another team-mate, the American driver Mark Miller (VW). In the general standings, the 1990 and 1992 WRC Champion leads the race with a 10'57 lead over his team-mate, the South-African driver Giniel Devilliers (VW) and 18'05 over Mark Miller (VW). The only survivor of the Mitsubishi team is Spain's Nani Roma who is fourth in the general standings, 33'31 behind the leader. In the Open category, Robby Gordon (Hummer) has won this stage again and is 5th of the general standings, more than 1h30 behind Sainz. Finally, in the Production category, the Japanese driver Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota) has won stage 8 but the Frenchman Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) remains the clear leader in the general standings.

15:40 - Bike
Summary of stage 8

Pending validation of results by the race stewards, the French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) has clinched his second stage win in this edition of the Dakar, his 8th stage win in the Dakar. He finished the stage 1'49 ahead of the Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 2'56 before Chile's Chaleco Lopez (KTM). In the general standings, Marc Coma still has a 1h06'28 lead over Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha), who is the undisputed leader of the 450cc category, and 1h33'34 over the other Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who has now reached the third position. In the marathon category, the Czech rider Martin Macek (Yamaha) has won stage 8 but remains far from the leader of the category, the Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM).

15:38 - Truck
Summary of stage 8

Pending validation of results by the race stewards, the Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) has won his 3rd stage in this 31st Dakar, his 13th stage victory in the Dakar, 1'42 ahead of the Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) who won the rally five times over, and 2'12 ahead of the Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra). In the general standings, the Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) still leads the race with 3'40 over his team-mate and fellow citizen Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and 17'46 before the winner of the day, the Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

15:36 - Quad
Summary of stage 8

Pending validation of results by the race stewards, the Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) has clinched his 3rd stage victory on this Dakar, 2'51 ahead of Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) and 7'00 ahead of the French driver Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris). In the general standings, Josef Machacek still leads the race with a 2h30'23 lead over Patronelli. The Polish rider Rafal Sonik (Yamaha) is third at 4h48'30.

15:15 - Truck
505 - 3rd special stage victory for De Rooy

The first 4 trucks have finished the day's special stage, which was 178 km long for the heavy duty vehicles, with the finishing line at CP1. Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) has won his 3rd special stage this year, and his 13th on the Dakar. The Dutchman beat Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 1.42 and Czech Ales Loprais (Tatra) by 2.12.

14:55 - Truck
501 - Chagin claws his way back

Now that the first 6 trucks have completed 147 km of the day's special stage, whilst Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is still out in front, the Dutchman now leads the new second-placed driver Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 2.04, who in turn is 13 seconds ahead of Czech Ales Loprais (Tatra).

14:25 - Truck
505 - De Rooy still leads after 111 km

Now that the first 15 trucks have completed 111 km of the day's special stage, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is still in the lead, 2.04 ahead of Czech Ales Loprais (Tatra) and 2.47 in front of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

14:11 - Car
301 - 3rd special stage victory for Sainz

Now that the first 7 cars have finished the day's special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) is the winner, 4.02 ahead of his German team-mate Dieter Depping (VW) and 4.12 in front of another Volkswagen belonging to American Mark Miller. The two times world rally champion thus strengthens his lead in the general standings, 10.57 ahead of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW) and 18.05 in front of American Mark Miller (VW).

13:50 - Quad
250 - 3rd victory for Machacek

Now that the first 5 quads have finished this 8th special stage, the leader of the general standings, Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha) has won, 2.51 ahead of Argentine Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) and 7.00 in front of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

13:45 - Car
307 - Depping 2nd after 248 km

As expected, German Dieter Depping (VW) has posted the 2nd best time after 248 km of the day's special stage, 3.26 behind the leader Sainz (VW), but 10 seconds ahead of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW).

13:35 - Car
301 - Sainz is enjoying himself

On a route very similar to WRC tracks, Carlos Sainz, the two times world rally champion in 1990 and 1992, is really enjoying himself behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Race Touareg. As a result, after 248 km of the day's special stage, the Spaniard, leader in the general standings, now boasts a lead of 3.36 over his team-mate, American Mark Miller (VW), and 4.04 over Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi)... though German Dieter Depping (VW) has yet to complete 248 km, and the former German rally champion should manage to work his way into the top 3...

13:25 - Quad
250 - Machacek regains the lead

Now that the first 7 quads have completed 248 km of the day's special stage, it is once again Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), leader of the general standings, who is in the lead, 1.25 ahead of Argentine Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am), and 4.37 in front of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

13:20 - Truck
505 - De Rooy provisionally leads after 49 km

Now that the first 15 trucks have completed 49 km of the day's special stage, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is in the lead, 49 seconds ahead of Czech Ales Loprais (Tatra), and 1.12 in front of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

12:45 - Car
307 - Depping 2nd at CP1

Now that the first 7 cars have reached CP1, after 178 km of the day's special stage, German Dieter Depping (VW) is now in provisional 2nd place, 1.32 behind his Spanish team-mate and general standings leader, Carlos Sainz (VW), but 3 seconds ahead of Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi).

12:25 - Car
301 - Sainz leads at CP1

The leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), arrived in the lead at CP1, 1.35 ahead of his country-man Nani Roma (Mitsubishi) and 2.08 in front of American Mark Miller (VW).

12:20 - Bike
1 - Despres is the provisional winner

With the first 3 bikes across the finishing line for the day's special stage, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is in the lead, 1.49 ahead of general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 2.56 in front of the stage's local boy, Chilean Francisco Lopez (KTM).

12:15 - Truck
501 - Truck race underway...

The winner of the 7th stage on Friday, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), kicked off proceedings for the day's special at 12.12 as scheduled and was followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). For the truck race, the finishing line is at CP1, i.e. after 178 km.

11:45 - Car
301 - Sainz leads after 111 km

Now that the first 7 cars have completed 111 km of the day's special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz(VW) leads, 1.16 ahead of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW) and 1.31 in front of Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi).

11:40 - Quad
273 - Patronelli provisionally leads at CP1

Now that the first 6 quads have reached CP1, after 178 km of the day's special stage, Argentine Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) is in the lead, 1.25 ahead of general standings leader, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 2.36 in front of Spaniard Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha).

11:15 - Quad
273 - Patronelli provisionally leads after 147 km

Now that the first 7 quads have completed 147 km of the day's special stage, Argentine Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) is in the lead, 2.44 ahead of general standings leader, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 3.04 in front of Spaniard Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha).

10:51 - Car
307 - Depping provisionally leads after 49 km

Now that the first 6 cars have completed 49 km of the day's special stage, German Dieter Depping (VW) is in the lead, 13 seconds ahead of general standings leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), and 40 seconds in front of Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

10:50 - Car
309 - Gordon loses time...

The third to start this morning, Robby Gordon (Hummer) got stuck against a rock when crossing a dried river bed after 49 km of the day's special stage. The American was able to resume after a few minutes, but Spaniard Nani Roma (Mitsubishi) was able to catch up and overtake him as a result.

10:45 - Bike
1 - Despres still leads at CP1

Not that the first 8 bikes have reached CP1, after 178 km of the day's special stage, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still leads, 1.13 ahead of general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 3.15 in front of Chilean Francisco Lopez (KTM).

10:15 - Bike
1 - Despres is provisional leader after 147 km

Now that the first 4 bikes have completed 147 km of the day's special stage, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is in the lead, 38 seconds ahead of general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 2.38 in front of the 450cc Yamaha of Frenchman David Fretigne. It should be noted that according to the Iritrack, Chilean Francisco Lopez (KTM), the first to start this morning, has still not provided his position for the moment.

10:00 - Car
301 - The car race is underway...

The winner of the 7th special stage on Friday and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has kicked off proceedings for the day's special, and was followed 2 minutes later by his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW).

09:35 - Quad
250 - Machacek provisionally leads after 49 km

Now that the first 6 quads have completed 49 km of the day's special stage, the leader of the general standings, Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha), is in the lead, 2 seconds ahead of Argentine Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am) and 55 seconds in front of France's Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris).

09:06 - Bike
25 - Rodrigues Filho takes the lead after 49 km

25 bikes have reached km 49 in the special stage. The Brazilian rider Jose Helio Rodrigues Filho (Honda) currently leads the stage, 3" ahead of Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), who leads the general standings, and 53" ahead of French-Malian rider Alain Duclos (KTM)... Please note that the iritrack positioning systems of Chilean rider Francisco Lopez (KTM) and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) currently do not provide data on their respective positions.

08:05 - Bike
20 - READY, STEADY, GO!

Good morning and welcome. After the rest day in Valparaiso, Chile, 337 teams -- 156 bikes and quads, 116 cars and 65 trucks, remain in the race. The number of official withdrawals during the first week of the race reached 158... Regarding the race, the Chilean rider Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (KTM) won stage 7 on Friday and was the first rider starting today's special stage at 8 o'clock. The Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), who leads the general standings, followed him 2 minutes later.

07:30
STAGE 8: VALPARAISO -- LA SERENA

There are 649.31 km on the menu for the 8th stage, including a 290.12-km timed section, for the first stage after the rest day. It is hoped that the competitors have taken advantage of their day off before getting to grips with the 2nd week and especially the crossing of the Atacama Desert. In the meantime, they will have to deal with a transitional route in the mountains at medium altitude, without any major difficulties, but for which the pace at the top of the standings will again be quick... In all the categories, the leaders will be looking to avoid making mistakes before tackling the major difficulties towards the end of the race. So, it is the outsiders turn to try and take advantage and pull of a stage victory...

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Dieter Depping , Cyril Despres , Nani Roma , Marc Coma , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Alain Duclos , Ales Loprais , Frans Verhoeven , Francisco Lopez , Martin Macek , Nicolas Gibon , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik