Arras-Madrid-Dakar: Stage eight news update

Stage 7 - Friday 4 January 2002 - Tan Tan to Zouerat Second part of Marathon One 08:30 Vincent airlifted to hospital Bikes - Pascal Vincent, Honda No. 147, crashed and was airlifted to Smara with transfer to Agadir with a fractured ...

Stage 7 - Friday 4 January 2002 - Tan Tan to Zouerat
Second part of Marathon One

08:30 Vincent airlifted to hospital
Bikes - Pascal Vincent, Honda No. 147, crashed and was airlifted to Smara with transfer to Agadir with a fractured tibia.

13:28 Meoni is capable
Bikes - The first four bike runners have completed the special stage. It appears that Fabrizio Meoni (No. 1) has used the additional power of the twin-cylinder LC8 over the fast sections and has taken an advantage of 7m 05s from de Gavardo, 8m 00s from Roma and 8m 01s from Cox!

The unofficial overall classification of the first four bikes after the stage is as follows: 1. Meoni, 2. Roma (3m 12s behind); 3. De Gavardo (3m 33s behind) and 4. Cox (6m 05s behind).

17:47 First cars to finish
Cars - Third on today's special stage, 36s behind Jean-Pierre Fontenay (Mitsubishi) and 1m 52s behind stage winner Shinozuka, Gregoire de Mevius was able to conserve his place in the overall classification, 2m 55s behind the leader, but he was awarded a penalty for being late into the finish of the liaison section. The Nissan Pick-Up refused to restart at the end of the special stage and all the Belgian could do was to arrive behind his sister-car of Peterhansel. He took 48m to cover the 16kms road section (30m maximum permitted) and was demoted to fourth place, 20m 55s behind leader Masuoka.

19:12 Tchaguine builds advantage
Trucks - Vladimir Tchaguine has again stamped his authority on the Trucks category today. The Russian Kamaz has set the best time with a winning margin of 9m 22s over Czech rival Karel Loprais (Tatra). In the overall classification, Tchaguine has built up an enormous advantage of 1h 05m 35s over the Brazilian Andre de Azevedo (Tatra), third today, and 1h 17m 17s ahead of Loprais.

20:09 Servia, broken engine
Cars: It has not been the year for Kangoo-Schlesser. After the retirements of both the diesel cars of Stephane Henrard and Jean-Louis Schlesser (day before yesterday), it was today the turn of Jose-Maria Servia in the petrol-engined car. Ultimately the Catalan was the victim of a broken engine. He will change it with the support of his assistance and still has the intention of returning to the route.

20:29 Late competitors
13 competitors have not yet arrived in the bivouac, nine in the bikes section (37, 38, 55, 104, 135, 142, 143 and 146) and four in the cars section (205 - appears to have retired), 252, 277 and 316).

22:06 Penalty of one minute for Shinozuka
Cars: Following a report from the controller at PC1 this morning, that competitor 210 arrived at the passage control at high speed, his car only being able to stop under extreme duress, the meeting of the Sporting Committee this evening, after listening to the driver Kenjiro Shinozuka (Mitsubishi), then after much deliberation, has decided to blame him and impose a penalty of one minute. The competitor decided not to appeal against the decision.

This penalty does not change the overall classification (stage, leg or overall), but increases Masuoka's advantage over his team mate to 1m 27s.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Jean-Louis Schlesser , Stéphane Henrard , Jean-Pierre Fontenay , Gregoire de Mevius , Karel Loprais , Andre de Azevedo