Stage 14 Cordoba to Buenos Aires notes

Stage 14 Saturday 17 January 2009 Cordoba to Buenos Aires * Connection 224 km * Special 227 km * Connection 341 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 17:53 - Car HISTORIC VICTORY FOR DE VILLIERS AND VOLKSWAGEN! Pending validation by the race...

Stage 14
Saturday 17 January 2009
Cordoba to Buenos Aires

* Connection 224 km
* Special 227 km
* Connection 341 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

17:53 - Car
HISTORIC VICTORY FOR DE VILLIERS AND VOLKSWAGEN!

Pending validation by the race stewarts, South-African driver Giniel De Villiers has won the 31st Dakar; it is his first success in the rally-raid but - more importantly - it is also the first victory for Volkswagen and for a diesel engine on teh world's king of rally-raids. It is even a double victory for the German manufacturer as US driver Mark Miller (VW) finishes second in the standings at 8'59". The last one on the podium is US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer), ranking 3rd but finishing with a 1h46'15 delay on the winning duet. De Villiers' victory is full of panache: indeed, the South-African won the last stage - the 10th stage victory for VW out of the 13 stages in total in the raid (!) - 2" ahead of Russia's Leonid Novitskiy (BMW). On the production side, it is French driver Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) who finishes first in the general standings and wins the raid.

17:47 - Bike
MARC COMA TAKE TWO!

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) has won this 31st Dakar, the first one to be held in Argentina and Chile, at the end of this 14th and last stage won by Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (KTM), 2'07" ahead of Norwegian rider Ullevalseter (KTM). Already a winner of the raid in 2006, Marc Coma finishes this year's edition 1h25'38" ahead of France's Cyril Despres (KTM), and 1h38'56" ahead of France's David Fretigne and his 450cc Yamaha. "Fretos" wins the race in the 450 category. Finally in the marathon category, it is Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (KTM) who wins the Dakar.

17:43 - Truck
SECOND DAKAR VICTORY FOR KABIROV!

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) is the winner of this 31st Dakar, his second victory in a Dakar after winning the 2005 edition; he wins the stage arriving 3'39" ahead of his countryman and team-mate, but also five-time Dakar winner Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 59'56 ahead of Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf). The Kamaz driver brilliantly won the last and 14th stage of this rally, his fifth stage victory this year, and his 30th stage victory in his Dakar years, by finishing 39" ahead of Chagin and 1'27" ahead of the MAN truck of German driver Franz Echter.

17:39 - Quad
A FIRST VICTORY FOR MACHCEK!

Pending validation by the race stewarts, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) won the very first general standings for the quad category in history of the Dakar, 2h34'00" ahead of Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am), and 7h42'34 ahead of Polish rider Rafal Sonik (Yamaha), at the end of a 14th stage that saw the victory of Spain's Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha), just 8 short seconds ahead of the raid's big winner Machacek.

17:15 - Truck
506 - Fifth stage victory for Kabirov!

The first 10 trucks have now reached the end of this 14th and last special stage and it is the leader in the general standing's Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) who wins, 39" ahead of his team-mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 1'27" ahead of German driver Franz Echter (MAN).

16:44 - Truck
506 - Kabirov is back in the lead

The first 4 trucks have now crossed CP2 located at km 142 of the last special stage of this 31st edition of the Dakar and it is the leader in the general standings, Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) who now checks in the lead, 9" ahead of this countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 16" ahead of Germany's Franz Echter (MAN).

16:13 - Truck
507 - Echter provisional leader at CP1

The first 5 trucks have now passed CP1 located at km 88 of today's special stage and it is German driver Franz Echter (MAN) who checks in the lead 1" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 10" ahead of five-time Dakar winner, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

15:27 - Car
305 - Last stage victory for the winner of the Dakar!

South-African driver Giniel De Villiers (VW) wins his fourth stage on the rally, the 12th in his Dakar history by winning this 14th and last special stage, just 2" ahead of Russia's Leonid Novitskiy (BMW), and 17" ahead of Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan). De Villiers is now sure to have won his first Dakar and of giving Volkswagen its very first success in the rally-raid.

15:19 - Truck
506 - It's a go for trucks...

Winner of stage 13 yesterday and new leader in the general standings, Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) started this 14th and last special stage at 11:12 AM as scheduled and was followed 2' later by Dutch driver Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

14:49 - Car
305 - De Villiers checks in the lead at CP2

The first 15 cars have now passed CP2 located at km 141 of the last special stage of this Dakar and it is now the leader in the general standings, South-African driver Giniel De Villiers (VW), who checks in the lead, 17" ahead of Russia's Leonid Novitskiy (BMW) and 44" ahead of Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan).

14:21 - Car
309 - Flat tyre for Robby Gordon !

Already victim of a mechanical problem yesterday that cost him 20', US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) has had to stop again at km 80 of today's special stage because of a flat tyre this time...

14:07 - Car
306 - Chicherit provisional leader at CP1

The first 6 cars have now passed CP1 located at km 88 of this 14th and last stage and it is France's Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) who checks in the lead, but just a short second shy of the leader in the general standings South-Africa's Giniel de Villiers (VW), and 10" ahead of Spain's Nani Roma (Mitsubishi), the winner of stage 13 yesterday.

14:05 - Quad
252 - First stage victory for Pena...

The first five quads have now reached the end of the 14th and last special stage of this 31st Dakar and it is Spain's Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha) who wins his very first stage in a Dakar, 8" ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 2'00 ahead of Frenchman Hubert Deltrieu (Polaris). Machacek is now assured of winning the first Dakar with quad-only general standings.

13:24 - Quad
252 - Pena still provisional leader at CP2

The first 8 quads have now crossed CP2 located at km 141 of today's special stage and it is still Spanish rider Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha) who checks in the lead, 1'13" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), and 1'29" ahead of Spaniard Carlos Avendano (Suzuki).

13:22 - Car
304 - It's a go for cars...

Winner of stage 13 yesterday, Spain's Nani Roma (Mitsubishi) kicked off this 14th and last special stage of the Dakar followed 2' later by Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan).

13:12 - Bike
5 - Rodrigues' first victory for the last stage...

The first 10 bikes have now reached the end of the last special stage of this 31st Dakar and it is Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (KTM) who wins 2'07" ahead of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), and 2'41 ahead of French rider Cyril Despres (KTM). Arrived 6th today 5'06 after the winner of the stage, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM) wins his second Dakar.

12:35 - Quad
252 - Pena checks in the lead at CP1

The first 5 quads have now passed CP1 located at km 88 of today's special stage and it is Spain's Jose Maria Pena (Yamaha) who checks in the lead, 39" ahead of Czech rider Oldrich Brazina (Yamaha), and 42" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Czech Republic's Josef Machacek.

12:32 - Bike
Fighting for every second in the top 5...

Just 44" apart at the start of today's last special stage of the Dakar, Portuguese biker Helder Rodrigues (KTM) and Norwegian rider Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), ranking 5th and 6th in the general standings, have embarked upon a great duel in the last timed section of this rally-raid. What is at stake is a place in the Top 5! And for the time being, it is the Portuguese who seems to be the best at it and has put a serious option on victory.

12:27 - Bike
5 - Rodrigues still in the lead at CP2

The first 8 bikes have now crossed CP2 located at km 141 of today's special stage and it is still Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (KTM) who checks in the lead, 38" ahead of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), and 1'56" ahead of Dutch rider Frans Verhoeven (KTM).

11:52 - Bike
5 - Rodriguez provisional leader at CP1

The first 5 bikes have now crossed CP1 located at km 88 of today's special stage and it is Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (KTM) who checks in the lead, 3" ahead of Norway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM), and 2'12" ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM), leader in the marathon category.

11:14 - Bike
1 - READY, STEADY, GO

Good morning and welcome. 276 teams -- 129 bikes and quads, 92 cars and 55 trucks -- have been allowed to start the 14th and last special stage... The total number of official withdrawals has been brought up to 223, including 100 bikes, 85 cars, 12 quads and 26 trucks... On the side of the race, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM), winner of yesterday's stage 13, started the last special stage of this 31st Dakar at 10:50 AM as scheduled followed 2' later by the leader in the general standings Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM).

06:15
STAGE 14: Cordoba - Buenos Aires

791 km are on the menu of stage 14 including 227 against the clock. For this last special stage, the contenders will be able to enjoy a fast and flat route through acres of crops. However, in the lead of the race, prudence will - obviously - be the name of the drive because if the leaders in the general stadings do not have a lot to fear if nothing goes wrong, they might still loose everything if anything should go wrong.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Giniel de Villiers , Cyril Despres , Franz Echter , Nani Roma , Marc Coma , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Krzysztof Holowczyc , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Pal Anders Ullevalseter , Frans Verhoeven , Helder Rodrigues , Nicolas Gibon , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik