Stage 2: Portimao to Malaga January 1, 2006 Connection 65 km - Special 115 km - Connection 387 km Total 567 km The ridges of Algarve A special of over 100 kms in Europe: another first. On this fast and mountainous track, the thrill of riding...
Stage 2: Portimao to Malaga
January 1, 2006
Connection 65 km - Special 115 km - Connection 387 km
Total 567 km
The ridges of Algarve
A special of over 100 kms in Europe: another first. On this fast and mountainous track, the thrill of riding and driving and the beauty of the site sometimes remind us of the famous Pikes Peak rise in Colorado. After a special fought out against a backdrop of true wonder, Spain will just be a 400-km liaison through to the landing stage in Malaga, for racing competitors only. The crossing lasts seven hours.
The drivers that impressed during the first stage will certainly be at ease on the Algarve hill crests. While special successes aren't a priority for Cyril Despres, Carlos Sainz could well triumph for a second consecutive time. But Carlos Sousa, supported by 200 000 Portuguese fans yesterday won't want to leave his country without a stage victory.
09:15 - Stage 2: Portimao - Malaga
For the first on European soil the Dakar will host a special of more than 100kms. Like yesterday, driving skills required for a good result should be close to those of WRC driver. Indeed, navigation won't be that important on the day. The average speed of the vehicles should increase as the tracks should certainly be less muddy. 80% of the course will be situated on mountainous roads and the rain that hit the area a few days ago is no longer a problem according to the opening team.
11:27 - Faria wins at home
Portugal Ruben Faria who had captured second spot yesterday, managed the fastest time of today's special. On the 115km course of Stage 2 between Portimao and Malaga, the Portuguese clock a final time 1h37'07. A Great moment for the KTM privateer who beat official KTM-Gauloise rider Isidre Esteve by 1'07. Third went to another member of the blue team, David Casteu, at 1'28. Yesterday's stage winner Cyril Despres finished way behind loosing 3'38
12:48 - Sainz does it again
After winning his first special on a Dakar for his first ever stage yesterday, Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen) confirmed that when it came to European stages, he was the man to beat. The Spaniard clocked a provisional fastest time of 1h34'28" beating Mitsubishi's Luc Alphand by 25". The French runner-up of last year's event this time beat his team mate Nani Roma, third on the day. Bruno Saby in his Volkswagen was fourth just ahead of national hero Carlos Sousa. Only eight cars have so far made it to the finish.
12:59 - Al Attiyah third so far
BMW's Nasser Al Attiyah, driving a X3 managed an excellent third spot so far only 27" adrift. Fourth is now Hiroshi Masuoka in his Pajero. Title holder Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) again suffered a puncture but managed 6th position, 2'25" adrift.
16:24 - 36th victory for Tchaguine
The truck race saw Vladimir Tchaguine (KAM -- n508) clinch his second consecutive stage in this 2006 Dakar and his fourth straight success after winning the last two specials of last year's event. The Russian who now has 36 stage victories under the belt beat Andre De Azevedo (TAT -- n513) by 1'30" and Miki Biasion (IVE -- n512) by 4'30. But the race only saw a few trucks make it to the finish line. Indeed Tomas Tomecek (TAT -- n518) suffered a major crash and his big Tatra blocked the path to all the following trucks. The unlucky competitors behind the Czech vehicle will all be given a same time.
19:03 - 2h17'50'': official time granted to all the remaining competitors
The stage has been almost blocked by Oliveras'truck which had capsized at kilometer 45,7. Then Tomecek also capsized at kilometer 47,530 and definetly blocked the way. As a result, only the first eight competitors have been classified according to their real time. The officials have decided to grant the time of 2h17'50'' clocked by Giacomo Vismara who eight on the stage to all the remaining