Stage 9 Copiapo to La Serena notes

Stage 9 - Copiapo to La Serena Monday, January 11 * Liaison : 0 km * Speciale : 338 km * Liaison : 209 km * Total : 547 km Breaking news per ASO Dakar website: Times given in G.M.T. -3 17:25 - Car Stage 9 summary Pending validation by the...

Stage 9 - Copiapo to La Serena
Monday, January 11

* Liaison : 0 km
* Speciale : 338 km
* Liaison : 209 km
* Total : 547 km

Breaking news per ASO Dakar website:
Times given in G.M.T. -3

17:25 - Car
Stage 9 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) picked up his 3rd stage victory on the 32nd Dakar and the 6th of his career in the event, by beating his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW), who again suffered a puncture today, by 5'59 and his South African team-mate Giniel de Villiers (VW) by 7'38. More importantly, this new triumph enabled th Qatari to climb up the general standings to only 8'36 from the leader, his team-mate "El Matador" Sainz. It demonstrates that there are no racing orders for the moment within the Volkswagen team, who nonetheless still boast 3 Race Touaregs in the first 3 places, with American Mark Miller (VW) comfortably placed 3rd, 27'17 behind the leader, whereas the 4th placed driver, Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), trails by 2.13:52. In the Open category, there were no surprises as American Robby Gordon (Hummer) was triumphant for the 8th time out of 9 stages in the race. Lastly, in the Production category, the stage victories are continuing to be shared by the official Toyota cars. As a result, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi won his 4th special stage of this 32nd edition, 3'23 ahead of his team-mate and major rival, title holder, Nicolas Gibon (Toyota). Nevertheless, the Frenchman is still comfortably in the lead, 58'28 ahead of the Japanese driver.

17:10 - Bike
Stage 9 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) walked away with his 3rd victory on the 32nd Dakar and his 10th overall in the event. With a time of 2.12:30, the title holder beat the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), by 4 tiny seconds and Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) by 1'14. As a result, in the general standings, Despres is still out in front with a lead that now stands at 1.21:50 over Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). The make-up of the podium is far from a sure thing however, since the Norwegian, Chilean and Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), respectively 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the general standings, are all within the confines of 7 minutes.

17:00 - Truck
Stage 9 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, the two times winner of the event, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) grabbed his 2nd victory on this year's edition and the 31st of his Dakar career. With a time of 2.32:20, the 11th best time of the day, the title holder beat his countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) by 4'41 and Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) by 14'40... Chagin does not need to worry about the general standings though, because the "Tsar" still has a lead of 1.11:31 over his faithful lieutenant, Kabirov, and a massive 8.21:13 lead over Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf).

16:59 - Quad
Stage 9 summary

Pending validation by the race stewards, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) picked up his 1st victory on the Dakar by winning the 9th special of the 32nd edition. With a time of 2.12:30, the winner of the Rally-Raid World Cup in 2006 beat Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) by 1'33 and his younger brother, Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), by 1'47. There is no change in the general standings, where Marcos Patronelli is ahead by a chasm: he now boasts a lead of 2.23:07 over his "big brother" Alejandro and 4.20:03 over Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha).

16:45 - Car
308 - Holowczyc in trouble

Excellently placed 6th in the general standings at the start of the 9th special this morning, Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan) will not be able to reproduce his splendid top 5 finish of last year. The Polish driver has broken his rear axle and has left the special to try and repair it at the 68-km point, without success for the moment. As if that wasn't bad enough, his assistance team passed by without seeing him and is currently around the 100-km mark of the special stage...

15:43 - Truck
501 - Kabirov deprives Chagin of the record!

The first 3 trucks have just finished the day's special stage and Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has won, picking up his 2nd triumph on the 32nd Dakar (the 31st in his Dakar career) 4'41 ahead of his team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and 14'40 in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco). In the general standings, there are no worries for Chagin who still leads comfortably, but who was deprived from stealing a march over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel in their combat for the absolute record of stage victories in the event. For the moment, the "Tsar" and "Peter" share this record with 54 triumphs each.

14:53 - Quad
258 - Declerck's first!

Now that the first 5 quads have finished the day's special stage, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) has won, picking up his first triumph on this 32nd edition, 1'33 ahead of the eldest of the Argentinean Patronelli brothers (Yamaha), Alejandro, and 1'47 in front of the younger sibling, Marcos (Yamaha), who still has a comfortable lead in the general standings.

14:43 - Truck
505 - Mardeev regains 3rd place at CP1

Now that the first 4 trucks have made it to CP1 after 117 km of the day's special stage, although Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still leads, now 5'57 ahead of his faithful lieutenant and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), behind the wheel of the 3rd Kamaz, Russian Ilgizar Mardeev has regained provisional 3rd place, 10'05 behind the leader, but 1'24 in front of Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco).

14:37 - Car
306 - 1-2-3 for VW!

Now that the first 6 cars have completed the day's special stage, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has won for the 3rd time this year, 5'59 ahead of his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW) and 7'38 in front of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW), meaning there are 3 Race Touaregs in the first 3 places! This is the Qatari's 6th stage victory of his Dakar career, but more importantly he is now 8'36 behind leader Carlos Sainz in the general standings.

14:32 - Bike
104 - A round trip for Noone!

After already making a navigational mistake at the 80 km point of the day's special, Irish rider Philip Noone (KTM) finally rejoined the stage route at the 93-km mark, but made another mistake and set off in the opposite direction to the one he should have... As a result, the Irish rider managed to find the correct route, but at the 12-km marker! This means Noone is currently making a second journey along the 90-km loop that makes up the first part of the stage...

14:20 - Car
306 - No change in the car race after 135 km

Now that the first 8 cars have completed 135 km of the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still leads, 4'54 ahead of his South African team-mate Giniel de Villiers (VW), and 6'14 in front of his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW). Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) is still in 4th place, 7'27 behind the provisional leader and 9'27 in front of his team-mate, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), who occupies provisional 6th place.

13:59 - Truck
507 - Adua 3rd after 71 km

Now that the first 6 trucks have completed 71 km of the day's special stage, Frenchman Joseph Adua (Iveco) has put in the 3rd best time, 6'23 behind provisional leader Chagin (Kamaz).

13:53 - Car
301 - "Peter" trails by 17'04 at CP1

After getting stuck in the sand at the 95-km point of the day's special, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has just made it through CP1 (at the 117-km point) and is now 17'04 behind the provisional stage leader Al-Attiyah (VW).

13:52 - Car
307 - Chicherit breaks the VW domination

Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) has just made it through CP1 after 117 km of the day's special and has managed to put his X3 in amongst the Race Touaregs by achieving the 4th best provisional time, 6'31 behind stage leader Al-Attiyah (VW).

13:51 - Car
306 - VW copying Kamaz...

The first 4 cars have just made it through CP1 after 117 km of the day's special stage and for the moment, the 4 Race Toauregs occupy the leading positions! Qatari nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) boasts the best provisional time, 4'22 ahead of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers and 6'30 in front of his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz. The 4th placed VW driver, American Mark Miller trails the current stage leader by 8'19.

13:47 - Truck
501 - Kamaz on parade!

Already winners of all the special stages on the 32nd Dakar, the Kamaz drivers seem well set to continue their perfect performance: the three Kamaz occupied the first three places at the 71-km point. Unsurprisingly, Russian Vladimir Chagin is out in front, leading his countrymen and team-mates Firdaus Kabirov and Ilgizar Mardeevt by 1'08 and 7'30 respectively.

13:37 - Quad
258 - Declerck still out in front

Having taken the lead in the first kilometres of the 9th special stage, Fenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) still holds the best provisional time at CP1 after 117 km of the day's special, leading by 5'52 and 6'01 respectively the Argentinean Patronelli brothers, with general standings leader Marcos (Yamaha) in front of his older sibling Alejandro (Yamaha).

13:30 - Bike
1 - Number 3 for Coma!

The first 6 bikes have just finished the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has picked up his 3rd special stage victory on this year's Dakar, the 10th of his career in the event, beating the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) by 4" and the stage's local boy, Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia), by 1'14.

13:29 - Car
301 - "Peter" back on track

After losing 10 minutes stuck in the sand after 95 km of the special stage, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has rejoined the race in this 9th special sage.

13:22 - Car
301 - "Peter" at a standstill after 95 km!

The first to start this morning, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has been at a standstill for around 10 minutes at the 95-km point on the day's special stage!

13:20 - Bike
2 - Despres leads by one second

Now that the first 15 bikes have completed 135 km of the day's special stage, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, but only ONE small second ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 6" in front of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). However, the Iritrack on the bike of Chilean Francisco Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) is not giving his position for the moment, though he was recorded in 4th place 25" behind leader Despres (KTM) at CP1.

13:11 - Car
307 - 3rd best time for Chicherit after 71 km

The 8th place starter on the day's special this morning, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) has just completed 71 km and has put in the 3rd best provisional time, 1'22 behind current stage leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

13:09 - Car
6 - Best time for Al-Attiyah after 71 km

Now that the first 5 cars have completed 71 km of the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has put in the best provisional time, 55" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 2'35 in front of American Mark Miller (VW).

12:53 - Quad
258 - Declerck opens up the gap

The first three quads have completed 71 km of the day's special and Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) still has the best provisional time. He is now 4'53 ahead of the general standings leader, Argentinean Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) and 5'08 in front of his older brother Alejandro (Yamaha).

12:46 - Bike
2 - Despres provisionally leads at CP1

Now that the first 10 bikes have made it through CP1 after 117 km of the day's special, the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), is in the lead, 4" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 20" in front of Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM).

12:43 - Car
301 - "Peter" puts in the best provisional time after 30 km

The first three cars have just completed 30 km of the day's special and Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) is in the lead, 19" ahead of general standings leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) and 31" in front of American Mark Miller (VW).

12:40 - Truck
501 - THE TRUCKS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

Starting in 10th position (!) of the car/truck pack, the general standings leader and winner of the 8th special, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), kicked off proceedings in the day's truck special at 12.18, as scheduled. The "Tsar" was followed 4 minutes later by his faithful lieutenant and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), who started in 14th position of the car/truck pack.

12:36 - Bike
1 - Coma leads after 71 km

Now that the first bikes have completed 71 km of the day's special, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) leads, 14" in front of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha) and 19" ahead of Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). The title holder's performance is all the more remarkable given that he made a navigational mistake after 62 km, taking Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamah) with him, and as a result has ridden around 5 km more than his rivals. It should however be noted that the Iritrack on the bike of "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) is still not giving the Chilean's position for the moment.

12:15 - Car
301 - THE CARS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

The winner of the 8th special stage yesterday, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) kicked off proceedings for the day's special at 12.00, in keeping with the new start time. The driver from Vesoul was then followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

12:13 - Quad
258 - Declerck out in front

Now that the first 6 quads have completed 30 km of the day's special, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Polaris) is the provisional leader, 1'37 and 1'38 respectively in front of the Argentinean Patronelli brothers (Yamaha), with older sibling Alejandro ahead of his younger brother Marcos.

11:59 - Bike
8 - Best time for Verhoeven after 30 km

The first bikers from the 2nd wave have just completed 30 km of the day's special and now Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW) has been credited with the best provisional time, but only ONE small second ahead of Portugal's Ruben Faria (KTM), and 17" in front of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), now 3rd.

11:43 - Bike
1 - Coma leads after 30 km...

The first 10 bikes have just completed 30 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has the best provisional time, 2" ahead of Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) and 7" in front of Slovakian Stefan Svitko (KTM). However, the Iritrack on the bike of yesterday's special stage winner Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia) has not given his position yet.

11:25 - Bike
READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome everybody. After the 8th stage yesterday, 211 crews - 94 bikes, 14 quads, 68 cars and 35 trucks - have been authorised to start the 9th stage this morning. As scheduled a first wave including the leading 10 bikers in the general standings set off at 11.00, in keeping with the new starting time. They were followed 10 minutes later by a 2nd wave made up of the bikers in 11th to 30th place in the general standings.

08:00
ETAPE 9: COPIAPO -- LA SERENA

354 km, but with a timed section of only 170, are on the menu for the 9th stage. Indeed, alerted by the presence over the last few days of significant amounts of fog during the morning at Copiapo, the organisers have announced that they will be postponing the start times for the 9th special stage (11.00, instead of 7.15) and will shorten the route in order to avoid stragglers arriving too late at the bivouac in La Serena. However, this is nothing for the competitors to rejoice about, because as a result the 9th special will be a 100% sandy route, since it will wind its way through the ranges of dunes above Copiapo. Another original aspect of this 9th special stage, the last to be contested in the Atacama Desert, is a side-by-side start for the bikers, in groups of 20...

-source: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Giniel de Villiers , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Jun Mitsuhashi , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Krzysztof Holowczyc , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Joseph Adua , Frans Verhoeven , Helder Rodrigues , Ilgizar Mardeev , Olivier Pain , Philip Noone , Nicolas Gibon , Marcos Patronelli , Francisco Lopez Contardo , Alejandro Patronelli , Christophe Declerck