Dakar: Stage 13 Bamako to Ayoun el Atrous notes

Stage 13: Bamako to Ayoun el Atrous Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Liaison 230 km - Special 478 km - Liaison 26 km - Total 734 km After leaving Bamako and Mali by its northern border, the competitors head back to the Sahel and Mauritania....

Stage 13: Bamako to Ayoun el Atrous
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Liaison 230 km - Special 478 km - Liaison 26 km - Total 734 km

After leaving Bamako and Mali by its northern border, the competitors head back to the Sahel and Mauritania. Numerous tracks, all similar on a brand new special that should surprise many. The drivers should enjoy the fast sandy tracks but will have to be careful with navigation. GPS and road book will be key and the co-pilots will have an important role on the day to make it in a good position at Ayo?n el Atrous.

Stage 13: 2004-01-14, Bamako to Ayo?n El Al Altro?s.
Photo by A.S.O.
Lost in the heart of western Hodh el Gharbi, Ayo?n el Atro?s looks like an unknown place at the end of the world. Al around the town is desert with dunes and rocks. Far ahead are natural towers in the middle of nowhere !

Bike

11:49 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP1
At km 139 (CP1), Cyril Despres (KTM n°2), taking off first, has the best time so far. Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 11sec, followed by Roma (KTM n°4) at 27sec, Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) at 48sec, Cox (KTM n°10) at 2min28, Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 4min18 and Meoni at 5min09

11:50 76 BIKES ON SPECIAL START LINE
76 bikes took the start of stage 13 special between Bamako and Ayoun El Atrouss. One biker (Cucuracchi n°88) was forced to retire after breaking his engine n the liaison.

Car

11:50 4 FIRST CARS IN STARTING ORDER
At km 100, Alphand (BMW °207) leads the special ahead of Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200), Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) and Masuoka (Mitsbishi n°201). All four cars are within a three minute gap.

12:31 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP1
Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time so far at CP1 (km 139). Second is his team mate Peterhansel (n°203) at 1min08, followed by Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 1min15, Saby (VW n°224) at 3min38, Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 3min43 and Alphand (BMW n°207) at 5min54. Only six cars have made it to this point so far.

13:10 70 CARS ON START LINE
70 cars started today's special. Only Ivanov (n°350) decided to retire after crashing in yesterday's special.

Truck

13:11 41 TRUCKS ON START LINE
41 trucks were allowed to start stage 13 special. Only Malferiol (n°402) retired from the rally.

Bike

13:15 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP2
Cyrl Despres (KTM n°2) increased his lead at CP2 (km 286). Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 4min35 followed by Roma (KTM n°4) at 4min43, Cox (KTM n°10) at 6min47 and Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 7min47.

Car

13:15 McRAE NEW FASTEST TIME AT CP1
Late starter Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) now has the best time at CP1 (km 139). Second is his team mate De Villiers (n°208) at 56sec and third Ari Vatanen (Nissan n°205) at 3min12. Fourth is De Mevius (BMW n°212), followed by Servia (Schlesser Ford n°209) at 4min34, Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 6min11, Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 7min19.

Bike

13:18 ROMA AVOIDS A... COW AND FALLS
Before refuelling 'Nani' Roma (KTM n°4) avoided a cow and suffered a fall. He's back on his bike. Meanwhile, Cyril Despres (KTM n°2) has broken his hand protections and suffers from the tree thorns hitting his gloves.

Truck

13:49 TCHAGUINE FASTEST AT CP1
Vladimir Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) has the fastest time at CP1 (km 139). Second is Loprais (Tatra n°415) at 5min41, followed by De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) at 12min22, De Rooy (DAF n°417) at 17min46.

Bike

13:49 FRETIGNE 2nd AT CP2
Late starter, Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) now has the second fastest time at CP2 (km 286). He is only 7sec behind Despres' fastest time.

Truck

13:52 PUNCTURE FOR TCHAGUINE
At km 188, Vladimir Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) was forced to stop to repair a puncture.

Car

15:05 McRAE FASTEST AT CP2
Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) has the fastest time at CP2 (km 286). Second for the moment is Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 12min40, followed by Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 15min06, Peterhansel (Mitsubshi n°203) at 15min24 and Alphand (BMW n°207) at 19min46.

Bike

15:08 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP3
Cyril Despres still has the fastest time. He is now at CP3 (km 399). Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 4min46 followed by Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 8min55 and Roma (KTM n°4) at 9min51. Fretigne (Yamaha n°12), second at CP2, is still expected.

15:13 FRETIGNE 2nd FASTEST AT CP3
Like at CP2, David Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) has clocked the fastest time at CP3 (km 399). He is at 3min22 of Despres' fastest time.

15:33 FRETIGNE WINS SPECIAL
Late starter (in 13th position), David Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) has clocked the fastest time of the special. Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 3min41, followed by Roma (KTM n°4) at 6min22, Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 8min06, Despres (KTM n°2) at 13min32 and Meoni (KTM n°3) at 13min39.

Truck

 15:35  DE ROOY PUNCTURES

Gerard De Rooy (DAF n°417) has stopped to repair a puncture at km 264.

Bike

15:43 ROMA STILL LEADS OVERALL
Joan Roma (KTM n°4) keeps his overall leadership after this stage 13 but loses time on Sainct (KTM n°1). The Frenchman is second at 7min25. Third is now Despres (KTM n°2) at 45min39 while Cox (KTM n°10) drops down to fourth at 46min34.

Car

15:57 McRAE FASTEST AT CP3
Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) still has the best time at CP 3 (km 399). Follow the other two Nissans cars of De Villiers (n°208) at 7min07 and Vatanen (n°205) at 8min12. Fourth is Servia (Schlesser Ford) at 11min09, followed by Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 19min06, Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 20min23 and Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 23min51.

Truck

16:19 LOPRAIS FASTEST AT CP2
Karel Loprais (Tatra n°415) has the fastest time at CP2 (km 286). Second is De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) at 5min53. Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) is third at 19min34.

Car

16:51 McRAE WINS SPECIAL
Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) became the first Brit since Andrew Cowan to win a car special on the Dakar. 17years after, McRae clinches the special between Bamako and Ayoun El Atrouss. Second is team mate Giniel De Villiers (n°208) at 7min40 while in third spot is another Nissan driver, Ari Vatanen (n°205) at 8min47. Fourth was Kleinchmidt (VW n°204) at 23min11, followed by Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 24min21, Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 26min35.

Truck

19:02 LOPRAIS WINS SPECIAL
Multiple Dakar winner Karel Loprais (Tatra n°415) grabbed his second special of the rally (after Stage 8 to Tidjikja). The Czech truck driver beat his Tatra team mate Andr? De Azevedo (n°412) by 4min15. Third was Mardeev (Kamaz n°423) at 12min30, followed by Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) at 14min52.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Colin McRae , Hiroshi Masuoka , Ari Vatanen , Cyril Despres , Karel Loprais , David Fretigne