Dakar: Stage 15 Tidjikja to Nouakchott notes

Stage 15: Tidjikja to Nouakchott Friday, January 16, 2004 Liaison 2 km -Special 579 km -Liaison 70 km -Total 651 km It'll be the last real tough one of this 2004 edition. A special that could decide who will win between the favourites. ON the...

Stage 15: Tidjikja to Nouakchott
Friday, January 16, 2004

Liaison 2 km -Special 579 km -Liaison 70 km -Total 651 km

It'll be the last real tough one of this 2004 edition. A special that could decide who will win between the favourites. ON the day, the competitors will have over 590kms of special, including Erg crossings and 240kms of camel grass, to put the pressure one last time on the bikers, drivers and their machines. After this tough passage, they will be delighted to find 200kms of fast tracks all the way to Nouakchott.

Stage 15: 2004-01-16, Tidjikja to Nouakchott.
Photo by A.S.O.
Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, was founded in 1958 on the ancient site of an army ground. In 1999, the city had 800 000 inhabitants. In 1966, a wharf and a deep sea harbour were built with the help of China. One can not expect to see the typical aspects of a traditional past. But it is a pleasant and friendly town.

Bike

12:37 FRETIGNE FASTEST AT CP1
David Fretign? (Yamaha n°12) has the fastest time at CP1 (km 113). Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 1min46, followed by Cox (KTM n°10) at 2min02, Esteve (KTM n°19) at 2min43, Roma (KTM n°4) at 3min33, Despres (KTM n°2) at 3min42.

12:37 DESPRES FALLS
At km 80 Cyril Despres (KTM n°2) suffered a fall while he had a 3min lead on the followers. At km 113, he was 3min42 slower than Fretigne.

Car

12:38 McRAE LEAVES LATE
For an unexplained reason, Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) started today's special 12minutes after his normal starting time.

12:57 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP1
At CP1 (km 113), Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time. Second is Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 3min46, followed by Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 4min49, De Villiers (Nissan n°208) at 5min33, Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 5min47, Alphand (BMW n°207)at 7min53.

13:00 McRAE LEAVES LATE : THE REASON
The reason why Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) started today's special 12minutes after his normal starting time, is that he couldn't start his car due to electrical problems.

13:05 McRAE IN TROUBLE
At km 138, Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) is stopped repairing a mechanical problem. It appears the front prop-shaft is broken.

General

13:06 177 STILL IN THE RACE
72 bikes, 65 cars and 40 trucks started this mrning's stage 15. Have retired from the race : Ten Harkel (n°271), Richard (n°285), Chabot (n°286), Martincevic (n°337) and Santoro (n°440).

Truck

13:15 DE AZEVEDO FASTEST AT CP1
In the truck race, Andr? De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) has the fastest time at CP1 (km 113). Second is Kabirov (Kamaz n°410) at 2min42, followed by Stacey (DAF n°442) at 4min35, De Rooy (DAF n°417) at 5min01, Loprais (Tatra n°415) at 5min16 and Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) at 5min49.

Car

13:24 McRAE WAITING FOR ASSISTANCE TRUCK
After breaking his front prop shaft, Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) is now waiting for his assistance vehicle.

Bike

13:41 LUNDMARK STOPPED
At km 185, PG Lundmark (KTM n°6) was forced to stop with mechanical problems. He appears to be waiting for his assistance vehicle.

14:00 FRETIGNE LOSES TIME-CARD
David Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) has been given a 15min penalty for losing his time-card.

14:13 MEONI FASTEST AT CP2
At CP2 (km 330), Meoni (KTM n°3) has the fastest time with a 3min02sec advantage on Sainct (KTM n°1). Third is Isidre Esteve (KTM n°19) at 3min36 followed by David Fretigne (Yamaha n°12) at 4min02, Ullevalseter (KTM n°15) at 5min08, Roma (KTM n°4) at 5min24, Cox (KTM n°10) at 7min46 and Despres (KTM n°2) at 10min36.

Truck

15:18 DE AZEVEDO IN TROUBLE
At km 210, Andr? De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) is stopped with a front traction problems. According to the Brasilian it should take between 6 and 7 hours to repair the problem.

Car

15:46 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP2
At CP2 (km 330), Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time, with a 6min09 lead on Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203). Third is Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 11min02 followed by De Villiers (Nisan n°208) at 12min11, Mayer (Mitsubishi n°211) at 19min15, Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 26min48, Alphand (BMW n°207) at 29min32.

Bike

16:03 MEONI FASTEST AT CP3
At CP3 (km 455), Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) still has the best time Sainct (KTM n°1) is at 2min16, Roma (KTM n°4) at 4min18, Cox (KTM n°10) at 7min04.

16:03 MEONI WINS SPECIAL
On the finish line of the stage, Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) wins his second special of the rally. Second is Sainct (KTM n°1) at 46sec, followed by Roma (KTM n°4) at 3min19, Cox (KTM n°10) at 6min48, Despres (KTM n°2) at 8min23.

16:07 ROMA STILL LEADER
In the overall standing after stage 15, Nani Roma (KTM n°4) keeps his leadership but loses a little under 3min to Sainct (KTM n°1). The Spaniard now has a 7min07 advantage on the Frenchman. Third is Despres (KTM n°2) at 46min29, followed by Cox (KTM n°10) at 47min12.

Car

17:10 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP3
At CP3 (km 455), Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time, with a 7min46 lead on Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203). Third is De Villiers (Nisan n°208) at 14min28 followed by, Kleinschmidt (VW n°204) at 17min27.

17:28 MASUOKA WINS SPECIAL
On the finish line of stage 15 special, Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time of the day. Second is Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 9min11.

Truck

19:06 KABIROV WINS SPECIAL
Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz n°410) wins his 5th special on the Dakar. The Russian beats Gerard De Rooy (DAF n°417) by 3min01.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Colin McRae , Hiroshi Masuoka , Stéphane Peterhansel , Fabrizio Meoni , Cyril Despres , Nani Roma , David Fretigne , Firdaus Kabirov