Dakar Trucks, Stage 11: Nikolaev wins, De Rooy remains in control

Eduard Nikolaev set the pace in the 11th stage of Dakar 2016's truck race, bouncing back from his Wednesday troubles, while Gerard de Rooy continued to cruise out front.

Nikolaev dropped out of contention yesterday after tipping over on a dune and remaining stranded for several hours.

Thursday, however, was much smoother sailing for the Kamaz as Nikolaev took the lead from WP2 onwards.

His stage win was threatened by a late push from squadmate Andrey Karginov. However, despite having been only nine seconds adrift at the penultimate waypoint, Karginov appears to have then hit trouble and is yet to finish the special at the time of writing.

That allowed MAN’s Peter Versluis to secure second in the stage, just ahead of fellow Dutchman Ton van Genugten.

Ayrat Mardeev, who was promoted to second place after Nikolaev’s woes yesterday, ended up fourth in the stage, ahead of Dmitry Sotnikov and rally leader de Rooy.

Although the latter failed to make it to the top five for the first time since Stage 5, his loss of six minutes to Mardeev had little effect on the general classification - as he continues to lead by more than an hour.

Of the other frontrunners, Federico Villagra was ninth-quickest through the stage to hold on to third overall, while Hans Stacey lost almost an hour and dropped behind van Genugten, making it three IVECOs in the top four with two days to go.

Standings after Stage 11

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

39h10m29s
2 500

Ayrat Mardeev

Aydar Belyaev

Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

1h09m21s
3 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

1h45m45s
4 516

Ton van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

2h08m42s
5 506

Hans Stacey

Serge Bruynkens

Jan van der Vaet

MAN

2h31m03s
6 510

Peter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

2h46m27s
7 529

Pascal de Baar

Martin Roesink

Wouter de Graaf

Renault

2h57m08s
8 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

3h41m31s
9 533

Jaroslav Valtr

Josef Kalina

Jiri Stross

Tatra

3h53m33s
10 508

Dmitry Sotnikov

Igor Devyatkin

Ruslan Akhmadeev

Kamaz

4h22m46s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 11: La Rioja - San Juan
Drivers Eduard Nikolaev
Article type Stage report
Tags truck