Dakar Trucks, Stage 2: Stacey leads as early leader Villagra slows

Hans Stacey, the 2007 Dakar champion, was quickest through Stage 2 as the running finally kicked off for the truck category.

Following the Prologue accident on Saturday and the cancellation of Stage 1 due to difficult weather conditions the, the trucks contest finally got underway on Monday - with local driver Federico Villagra taking an early lead.

The Argentinian, who contested the previous two Dakar rallies in cars, built a lead of 39 seconds at around halfway point but soon fell behind Stacey before eventually completing the day in fifth.

57-year-old veteran Stacey then led the way in his MAN machinery for the rest of the stage to finish with a lead of 48 seconds.

Fellow Dutch racers Peter Versluis and Gerard de Rooy completed the top three, albeit the latter found himself almost two minutes adrift by the end of the day.

Tatra’s Martin Kolomy ended up fourth ahead of Villagra, Ales Loprais and Tom van Genugten, who was second after the first waypoint but lost around two minutes soon after.

Perennial frontrunners Kamaz completed a quiet day as last year’s champion Airat Mardeev was only as high as eighth as the team's leader, ahead of Eduard Nikolaev and Andrey Karginov.

Standings after Stage 2:

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 506

 Hans Stacey

 Serge Bruynkens 

 Jan van der Vaet

MAN

4h18m18s
2 510

 Pieter Versluis

 Marcel Pronk

 Artur Klein

MAN

48s
3 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

1m51s
4 505

 Martin Kolomy

 David Kilian

 Rene Kilian

Tatra

2m39s
5 514

 Federico Villagra

 Jorge Perez Companc

 Andres Memi

IVECO

2m44s
6 503

 Ales Loprais

 Ferran Marco Alcayna

 Bernard der Kinderen

IVECO

3m06s
7 516

 Tom van Genugten

 Anton van Limpt

 Peter van Eerd

IVECO

3m40s
8 500

 Ayrat Mardeev

Aydar Belyaev

Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

4m25s
9 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

5m08s
10 504

Andrey Karginov

Andrey Mokeev

Igor Leonov

Kamaz

8m45s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 2: Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Río Hondo
Drivers Hans Stacey
Article type Stage report
Tags truck