Stage 7: Tan-Tan - Atar Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Liaison 345 km - Special 701 km - Liaison 9 km - Total 1055 km A lot already say that this should be " the " stage of the 2004 Dakar. It will indeed be the longest with a total of ...
Stage 7: Tan-Tan - Atar
Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Liaison 345 km - Special 701 km - Liaison 9 km - Total 1055 km
A lot already say that this should be " the " stage of the 2004 Dakar. It will indeed be the longest with a total of 1055kms including 701 of special and a start in the middle of the night for the first 345kms of liaison from Tan Tan to the Mauritania border. One can expect a real challenge for the mechanics, without big surprises however on the course despite dunes along the way.
In the final part, competitors will have to be extremely careful with the crossing of the Oumaghawaba Erg, only way to Atar. Quite a few could be trapped, especially after such a long tiring stage behind the stirring wheel! One will need to stay consistent and very focused until the finish line .in Atar, founded in the XVIIth century by a Chinguetti tribe.
11:46 MEONI FASTEST AT CP1
On the special of stage 7 between Tan Tan and Atar in Mauritania, Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) has the fastest time at CP1 (km 176) ahead of Richard Sainct (KTM n°1) at 1min27. Third is Jean Brucy (KTM n°9) at 3min25, followed by Caldecott (KTM n°72) at 4min55, Esteve (KTM n°19) at 6min16, Cox (KTM n°9) at 6min29, Roma (KTM n°4) at 7min46, Despres (KTM n°2) at 8min16 and De Gavardo (KTM n°8) at 8min53. Virtually, it would mean that Meoni takes overall command with a 1min44 lead on Esteve.
12:00 ALPHAND STOPPED AT KM 97
Luc Alphand (MW n°207) was forced to stop at km 97 with mechanical worries. He is now trying to repair but appears to have lost a lot of time.
12:00 FALL FOR ESTEVE
Isidre Esteve (KTM n°19) suffered a serious fall after CP1. He's back on track but has lost between 10 and 15 minutes.
12:38 148 BIKES ON START LINE
148 bikes were authorised to start stage 7 between Tan Tan and Atar. Did not start: Iscla (n°65), Fonjallaz (n°96), Faure (n°46), Luby (n°154), Vandenberghe (n°906), Ramos Martinez (n°135), Szilvasi (n°192), Fujita (n°175), Wolters (n°105), Astori (n°66), Rosello (n°103), Rogers (n°153).
13:46 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP1
At CP1 (km 214), Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n°201) has the fastest time. Second is Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n°203) at 48sec. Third is Jean-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n°200) at 1min39 , followed by De Villiers (Nissan n°208) at 2min37, McRae (Nissan n°202) at 2min51, De Mevius (BMW n°212) at 2min59, Gache (Buggy n°216) at 6min53, Mayer (Mitsubishi n°211) at 7min23, Saby (Volkswagen n°224) at 8min42 and Magnaldi (Buggy n°225) at 9min52.
13:48 MEONI FASTEST AT CP2
At CP2 (km 476), Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) still has the fastest time. Second is Richard Sainct (KTM n°1) at 1min53. Third is Jean Brucy (KTM n°9) at 4min13 followed by Cox (KTM n°10) at 6min06, Caldecott (KTM n°72) at 10min02, Despres (KTM n°2) at 10min12, Roma (KTM n°4) at 13min53, Lundmark (KTM n°6) at 14min13, Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM n°15) at 14min38, and De Gavardo (KTM n°8) at 16min02. Overall leader before this stage, Isidre Esteve (KTM n°19) is at 22min25 after suffering a fall.
14:29 JAN DE ROOY FASTEST AT CP1
Jan De Rooy (DAF n°411) has the fastest time at CP1 (km 214). Second is De Azevedo (Tatra n°412) at 1min48. Third fastest is Tchaguine (Kamaz n°414) at 2min17, followed by Kabirov (Kamaz n°410) at 2min45 and Gerard De Rooy (DAF n°417) at 2min55.
15:27 118 CARS AND 51 TRUCKS ON START LINE
118 cars and 51 trucks were allowed to start the stage 7. Did not start: Lassere (N°280), Palik (n°252), Salvatore (n°277), Kis (n°282), Misslin (n°226), Biasion (N°206), Sanchis (n°332), Farges (n°251), Sanchez (n°335), and Szaller (n°455).
15:29 REAR WHEEL WORRIES FOR MEONI
At around km 580 Fabrizio Meoni (KTM n°3) has suffered serious rear tyre problems. He was given a spare tyre tube by David Casteu (Cagiva n°41).
15:30 McRAE STUCK ON A DUNE
Scotsman Colin McRae (Nissan n°202) was seen stuck in a dune at km 456 of the special. The hard apprenticeship of the Dakar carries on for the 95 WRC World champion.
15:56 SAINCT FASTEST AT CP
Taking advantage of Meoni's tyre problems, Richard Sainct (KTM n01) has the best time at km 634. Second is Jean Brucy (KTM n09) at 5min37 followed by Despres (KTM n02) at 7min48, Cox (KTM n010) at 9min17 and Roma (KTM n04) at 12min15.
15:57 PETER FASTEST AT CP2
At km 476, Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n0203) has the fastest time. Second is De Villiers (Nissan n0208) at 4min04. Third is Masuoka (Mitsubishi n0201) at 5min19 followed by Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n0200) at 5min59, De Mevius (BMW n0212) at 14min59, Mayer (Mitsubishi n0211) at 18min20, McRae (Nissan n0202) at 21min55.
16:17 SAINCT WINS SPECIAL
After 701kms, Richard Sainct (KTM n01) has clocked the fastest time of the special. Second is Jean Brucy (KTM n09) at 7min07. Despres (KTM n02) is third at 8min33, followed by Cox (KTM n010) at 9min, Roma (KTM n04) at 12min19, Lundmark (KTM n06) at 15min37, Ullevalseter (KTM n015) at 16min12 and Caldecott (KTM n072) at 25min28. In the new overall, Despres takes the lead ahead of Roma by 3min03 and Sainct by 3min21.
16:42 SCHLESSER STUCK ON A DUNE
At km 624, Jean-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Ford n0200) appears to have lost 5min after being stuck in a dune.
16:47 ESTEVE STOPPED AT KM 650
Leader of the overall standing before this stage, Isidre Esteve (KTM n019) is stopped at km 650 with mechanical problems. The Spaniard had suffered a bad fall earlier in the day.
17:17 MASUOKA FASTEST AT CP3
At km 634, Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n0201) has the fastest time. Second is Peterhansel Mitsubishi n0203) at 3min48. Third is De Mevius (BMW n0212).
17:35 MASUOKA WINS SPECIAL
Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi n0201) won his second consecutive special in today's stage 7 between Tan Tan and Atar in Mauritania. Second was Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi n0203) at 5min02.
17:36 SABY IN TROUBLE
Bruno Saby (Volkswagen n0224) is stopped at km 630 with mechanical worries. He is working on the car.
19:41 TCHAGUINE WINS SPECIAL
For the third consecutive day, Vladimir Tchaguine (Kamaz n0414) claimed the day's special. The Russian beat Brasilian Andre De Azevedo (Tatra n0412) at 13min52. Third is Gerard De Rooy (DAF n0417) at 24min. In the overall, Tchaguine now has a 30min14 lead on De Rooy.