Dakar: Stage 14 Ayoun el Atrous to Tidjikja notes

Stage 14: Ayoun el Atrous to Tidjikja Thursday, January 15, 2004 Special 547 km -Liaison 4 km -Total 551 km Sand, more sand, even more sand ! Dunes, higher and higher, one after the other forming a real sea of sand all the way up to the ...

Stage 14: Ayoun el Atrous to Tidjikja
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Special 547 km -Liaison 4 km -Total 551 km

Sand, more sand, even more sand ! Dunes, higher and higher, one after the other forming a real sea of sand all the way up to the Taskast cliff. For the competitors, this stage will certainly be one of the highlights of the rally. A special that will be technical, tactical and maybe decisive.

They'll have to avoid the traps on fast tracks and also manage a perfect navigation and technique to go through the dunes. To be in good position at the finish, one will have to go, of course, fast but most of all find the good (and only) path to head to the Tidjikja road.

Stage 14: 2004-01-15, Ayo?n El Al Altro?s to Tidjikja.
Photo by A.S.O.
Tidjikja was founded in the XVIIth century by the Idoualis, that came from the Ardrar. They made the city an important cross-road for trading and a religious settlement. Today the town is divided in two on each side of the Tidjikja wadi.

Car

11:44 VATANEN QUITS ?
At km 10 of the special between Ayoun El Atrouss and Tidjikja, Ari Vatanen (Nissan n°205) hit a tree. The car is seriously damaged and the Finn could be forced to quit.

Bike

11:44 ROMA LOSES TIME AND FALLS
At CP1 (km 180) Nani Roma (KTM n°4) has lost a lot of time (around 16min, to be confirmed) on Sainct (KTM n°1) after losing himself. At km 190, he even suffered a fall, losing more time.

Car

11:45 McRAE LEADS SPECIAL
At km 135 and not taking in account the time gaps due to the starting positions, McRae (Nissan n°202) leads the special ahead of De Villiers (Nisan n°208) and Kleinschmidt (VW n°204). Servia (Schlesser Ford n°209) stopped to wait for is team mate Schlesser (n°200). Meanwhile Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) overtook De Mevius (BMW n°212).

General

11:50 186 VEHICLES STILL IN THE RACE
75 bikes, 70 cars and 41 trucks started today's special. Have retired from the race : Coma (n°11).

Bike

12:32 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP1
At CP1 (km 180) Cyril Despres (KTM n°2) has the fastest time. Second is Cox (KTM n°10) at 3min23, followed by Sainct (KTM n°1) at 6min12, Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) at 6min22, Vinters (KTM n°183) at 9min30, Meoni (KTM n°3) at 11min15, De Gavardo KTM n°8) at 11min23 and Roma (KTM n°4) at 11min39.

Car

12:42 SABY IN TROUBLE
At km 80, Bruno Saby (Volkswagen n°224) was forced to stop to work on mechanical problems.

12:45 VATANEN QUITS AND IS ON THE TIDJIKJA BIVOUAC
After hitting a tree at km 10 of the special, Ari Vatanen (Nissan n°205) has officially retired from the race. He drove back to the bivouac in Ayoun El Atrouss and immediately took a plane to go to Tidjikja where he is right now.

12:52 WHAT VATANEN HAD TO SAY
"At kilometre 10, we were going too fast. On a bump, the car went sideways and we couldn't avoid a tree. We broke it but we also broke the car. We carried on for 2kms but we ran out of oil. I'm very disappointed because we had made so many efforts between Tidjikja and Nema. A lot would have retired in our situation".

13:11 PUNCTURE FOR DE VILLIERS
After CP1 (km 180), Giniel De Villiers (Nissan n°208) was forced to stop to repair a punctured tyre.

13:11 ALPHAND FASTEST AT CP1
At CP1 (km 180), Luc Alphand (BMW n°207) has the fastest time. Second is Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 4min45, followed by Peterhansel(Mitsubishi n°203) at 6min48, McRae (Nissan n°202) at 7min11, Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 8min06, De Mevius (BMW n°212) at 9min30, Mayer (Mitsubishi n°211), Al Attiyah (Mitsubishi n°259) at 10min54, Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 12min33, De Villiers (Nissan n°208) and Servia (Schlesser Ford n°209) at 19min13.

Bike

13:19 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP2
At CP2 (km 330), Despres (KTM n°2) has the fastest time. Second is Cox (KTM n°10) at 4min42, followed by Fretign? (Yamaha n°12) at 6min40, Sainct (KTM n°1) at 7min27, Roma (KTM n°4), Meoni (KTM n°3) at 12min34, Vinters (KTM n°193) at 13min38 and Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 16min46.

Car

13:42 DE MEVIUS DAMAGES CAR
At km 204, Gregoire De Mevius (BMW n°212) is stopped. His rear left wheel is damaged

Truck

14:17 KABIROV FASTEST AT CP1
At CP1 (km 180), Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz n°410) has clocked the fastest time. Second is team mate Vladimir Tchaguine (n°414) at 1min15, followed by Stacey (DAF n°442) at 4min43, De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) at 6min52, De Rooy (DAF n°417) at 7min55 and Loprais (Tatra n°415) at 11min08.

Bike

14:27 DESPRES FASTEST AT CP3, ROMA BACK IN IT
At CP3 (km 423), Cyril Despres (KTM n°2) has the best time. Second is Cox (KTM n°10) at 2min25. Joan Roma (KTM n°4) is now third (after his bad start) at 3min58, followed by Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) at 5min01 and Sainct (KTM n°1) at 6min11.

Car

14:31 ALPHAND FASTEST AT CP2
At CP2 (km 330), Luc Alphand (BMW n°207) has the fastest time. Second is now Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 8min22 followed by McRae (Nisan n°202) at 12min, Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 12min36, Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 13min02, Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 13min36, Mayer (Mitsubishi n°211) at 16min and De Villiers (Nissan n°208) at 21min33.

15:15 DE MEVIUS NOW AT CP2
After repairing a problem on his rear wheel, Gregoire De Mevius (BMW n°212) has only just gone through CP2. In other words he has lost around 1h20 on the fastest time of team mate Alphand (n°207).

15:29 ALPHAND OVERTAKES McRAE
In the dunes just before CP3 (km 423), Luc Alphand (BMW n°207) has overtaken Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) which means that the Scotsman has virtually lost 16min on Alphand.

Bike

15:43 DESPRES WINS SPECIAL
Cyril Despres (KTM n°2) wins his third special of the rally in the stage between Ayoun El Atrous and Tidjikja. Second is Cox (KTM n°10) at 1min23. Third is Roma (KTM n°4) at 4min14, followed by Sainct (KTM n°1) at 6min29, Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) at 9min22.

Car

15:56 ALPHAND FASTEST AT CP3
At CP2 (km 330), Luc Alphand (BMW n°207) has the fastest time. Second is Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 13min50 followed by McRae (Nisan n°202) at 16min46, Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 17min29, Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 19min19, Mayer (Mitsubishi n°211) at 16min and De Villiers (Nissan n°208) at 27min03.

Bike

15:58 ROMA INCREASES LEAD OVERALL
After stage 14, Joan Roma (KTM n°4) comforts his lead overall. Richard Sainct (KTM n°1), second, is now at 9min40. Third is Despres (KTM n°2) at 41min25 and Cox (KTM n°10) is fourth at 43min43.

Car

16:35 THREE RETIRE
Szalay (n°219), Kamoun (n°279) and Sireyjol (n°353) have decided to retire from the race at CP1.

17:37 ALPHAND WINS SPECIAL
After clocking the fastest times at all three CPs, Luc Alphand (BMW n°207) wins his second special of the Dakar. Second is Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) at 14min20. Third is Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 18min30 followed by Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 20min15 and Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) at 21min05.

Truck

20:08 KABIROV WINS SPECIAL
Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz n°410) won his fourth special of the Dakar. Second is De Rooy (DAF n°417) at 1min11.

-aso-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Colin McRae , Luc Alphand , Ari Vatanen , Cyril Despres , Bruno Saby , Nani Roma , Firdaus Kabirov