Stage 3 notes

Stage 3: San Miguel de Tucuman to San Salvador de Jujuy
January 4, 2011

16:59 - car
302 - Now it's Nasser's turn...

The first 3 cars have finished the day's special and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) is victorious, triumphing for the 9th time on a stage in the event. Alas, the Qatari, who wanted to claw back at least two minutes on Carlos Sainz (VW) today, only managed to gain 25 seconds in the end on the Spaniard. As a result, "El Matador" holds on to the lead of the general standings.The only consolation for Al-Attiyah is that in beating Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) by 59", he moves into 2nd place in the general standings, 3'34 behind Sainz, but 45" in front of "Peter".

16:32 - quad
255 - Halpern takes control of the quad general standings

The first 5 quads have finished the 3rd special and whilst Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) has grabbed his first stage victory on the Dakar, the good news is for his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha), who takes the lead in the general standings, 12" ahead of the former leader, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

16:30 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah still leads after 471 km

Now that the first 3 cars have completed 471 km of the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still holds the best provisional time, 1'12 ahead of his team-mate and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), and 1'29 in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

16:11 - truck
500 - Chagin puts matters straight

Now that the first three trucks have finished the day's truck special, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has won, picking up his 58th victory on the event. More importantly, after having lost the lead of the general standings yesterday, the "Tsar" sent a strong message to his rivals by distnacing his nearest pursuer, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov, by 6'45! 3rd time of the day went to Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra), 6'50 behind Chagin.In the general standings, the title holder took back control with a lead of 6'23 over Kabirov.

15:54 - quad
280 - A surprise from Maffei...

Since his Iritrack had not given his position over the last 100 kilometres of the race, Argentinean Tomas Maffei (Yamaha) surprised everyone at the finishing line of this 3rd special stage, because he grabbed the best provisional time in the end, beating his countrymen Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) by 1'27 et 4'23 respectively.

15:49 - quad
252 - Alejandro still leads after 446 km

Now that the first 3 quads have completed 446 km of the day's special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) still boasts the best provisional time, 2'08 ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and 15'40 in front of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha). These standings are liable to change, since the Iritrack on the quad of Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha) has not given his position for the moment.

15:45 - car
302 - The cars are on their way again!

First to the neutralised section, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has just got stuck into the last 106 kilometres of the day's special.

15:02 - truck
500 - Chagin is opening up a gap

The first 3 trucks have competed 146 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is still provisional stage leader, now 4'13 ahead of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) and 4'48 in front of Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

14:46 - bike
017 - Goncalves takes 3rd place on the special...

Following problems with his Iritrack since mid-afternoon, Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW) has just finished the day's special, picking up 3rd place for the day, 3'36 behind stage winner Marc Coma (KTM).

14:40 - truck
500 - Chagin leads at CP1

The first 4 trucks have made it through CP1 after 113 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time, 3'48 ahead of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) and 4'14 in front of his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

14:38 - bike
001 - Coma takes the special, but Despres still leads the general standings

The first 2 bikes have finished the 3rd special stage and Spaniard Marc Coma is victorious, picking up his 12th stage victory in the history of the event, 2'21 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who clings on to the lead in the general standings by 14 seconds!

14:30 - bike
002 - Despres battling to keep the general standings lead

This morning's general standings leader, with a lead of 2'35 over Marc Coma (KTM), Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is currently fighting second by second with his Spanish rival to keep the lead in general standings at the end of this 3rd stage. The two men were separated by 2'33 after 446 km, but now that gap has shrunk to 2'25, on completion of 471 km, though still in Marc Coma's favour.

14:19 - truck
500 - Chagin is breaking away...

After suffering mechanical problems at the end of the 2nd special yesterday, which cost him the lead in the general standings, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) seems determined to make up for lost time today. As a result, the "Tsar" is on the attack and after 71 km of the day's special, he already boasts a lead of 3'13 over his closest pursuer, Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra), and 3'47 over the new leader of the general standings, his faithful lieutenant, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

14:05 - bike
001 - Coma heading for his first victory in 2011

The first four bikes have completed 446 km of the day's bike-quad special and it is still Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) who holds the best provisional time, 2'33 and 3'20 respectively ahead of Frenchmen Cyril Despres (KTM) and Olivier Pain (Yamaha).

13:45 - truck
500 - Chagin back to the front

The first 5 trucks have just completed 39 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) boasts the best provisional time, 1'07 ahead of Czech Alиs Loprais (Tatra), and 1'35 in front of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

13:25 - bike
001 - Coma gets the special started again

With the best time and first to arrive at the neutralised section, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has completed the 170-km neutralised section and has just started the 102-km second timed section the 3rd special stage.

13:05 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah leads at the neutralised section

The first 4 cars have reached the 226 km point of the day's car-truck special stage and have entered the 170-km long neutralised section. Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'21 ahead of his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW), and 1'47 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

12:55 - truck
502 - The truck race is underway!

The winner of the 2nd stage and leader of the general standings, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), has just got the day's truck special started at 13.37 PM as scheduled. He was followed 3 minutes later by Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra).

12:35 - car
300 - Sainz overtakes "Peter"

Now that the first 4 cars have completed 179 km of the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still holds the best provisional time, but only by 1'05 over his team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW). The Spanish title holder has won back the time lost on Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), who is now in 3rd place, 2 small seconds behind "El Matador".

12:20 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah is starting to break away...

Now that the first 5 cars have completed 146 km of the day's car-truck special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) still holds the best provisional time, 55" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 59" in front of the general standings leader, his team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

12:15 - quad
252 - The Patronelli brothers lead at the neutralised section

The first 5 quads have completed 247 km of the day's bike-quad special and have entered the 170-km neutralised section. They are led by the elder of the Patronelli brothers, Alejandro (Yamaha), with a lead of 28" over his younger sibling Marcos (Yamaha) and 1'03 over their countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

11:47 - car
302 - Nasser leads at CP1!

With the first 3 cars now through CP1 after 113 km of the day's special, in the end Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) boasts the best provisional time, 29" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 48" in front of the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

11:33 - car
300 - Sainz claws back a little time...

Now that the first 4 cars have completed 71 km of the day's special, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) still holds the best provisional time, but he only has a lead of 31" over Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 1'07 over Carlos Sainz (VW). The Spaniard now leads his team-mate South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) by 16 seconds.

11:29 - car
301 - Peterhansel is starting to open up a gap

Now that the first 4 cars have completed 57 km of the day's special, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) still holds the best provisional time, 35" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 1'14 in front of South-African Giniel De Villiers (VW). Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), the winner of the first two stages and leader of the general standings, trails the stage leader by 1'37.

11:07 - quad
252 - Alejandro confirms his lead at CP2

With the first 5 quads through CP2 after 203 km of the day's special stage, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) is still in the lead, 1'10 ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha), and 1'44 in front of another Argentinean, Tomas Maffei (Yamaha).

10:59 - car
301 - "Peter" leads after 39 km

Now that the first 3 cars have completed 39 km of the day's special, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) holds the best provisional time, 20" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 1'12 in front of general standings leader, the Qatari's Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

10:51 - bike
001 - Coma leads the special on arrival at the neutralised section

The first 5 bikes have reached the neutralised neutralisation section of the route and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) indeed still holds the best provisional time, 1'36 ahead of Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW), and 2'29 in front of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha).

10:43 - quad
252 - Alejandro back to the front

Now that the first four quads have completed 147 km of the day's special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) holds the best provisional time, 38" ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

10:39 - bike
001 - First 2 bikes in the neutralised stage

The first two bikes have reached the 247 km point, which is where the 170 km neutralised section of the special starts, and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still boasts the best provisional time. As for Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) he now only trails his great rival by 3'09.

10:19 - bike
002 - Despres continues his fight-back

The first 2 bikes have just completed 219 km of the day's special and whilst Marc Coma (KTM) still leads, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is continuing to fight back and only trails his main rival, the Spaniard, by 3'21.

10:16 - car
300 - The car race is underway...

The winner of the first two stages and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) kicked off proceedings in the day's car special, at 10.11 AM as scheduled, and was followed 2 minutes later by his team-mate, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

10:02 - bike
001 - Will it be Coma's day?

With the first 3 bikes now through CP2 after 203 km), Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, 1'12 ahead of Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW), and 1'51 in front of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha). As regards, Cyril Despres (KTM), he trails Coma by 3'48.

09:55 - quad
255 - Halpern confirms lead at CP1

Now that the first 5 quads have made it to CP1 after 113 km of the day's special, Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, 28" in front of his countryman Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 54" ahead of another Argentinean, Tomas Maffei (Yamaha).

09:25 - quad
255 - A good start to the day for Halpern

The first 5 quads have just completed 72 km of the day's special and are led by Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) who holds the best provisional time, 24" ahead of his countryman Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 2'22 in front of Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha).

09:20 - bike
017 - Goncalves leads at CP1

The first 15 bikes have passed through CP1 after 113 km of the day's special and Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW) still boasts the best provisional time, 5" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 1'01 in front of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha). The morning's bad news is for the general standings leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who trails the stage leader by 4'07.

09:13 - bike
017 - Goncalves leads after 72 km

Now that the first 10 bikes have completed 72 km of the day's special, Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves (BMW) now leads, 20" ahead of Marc Coma (KTM) and 39" in front of Frenchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha). However, the Iritrack of Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) has not yet given his position so these provisional results could change at any moment.

09:10 - quad
252 - The race is on for the quads

The winner of yesterday's special, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) kicked off proceedings for the day's quad special at 7.50 AM as scheduled, starting in 35th position of the bike-quad pack.

09:05 - bike
002 - Despres is fighting back!

Now that the first 3 bikes have completed 72 km of the day's special, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is now only 3'25 behind the provisional leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

09:03 - bike
007 - Street leads after 39 km...

Now that the first 15 bikes have completed 39 km of the day's bike-quad special, American Jonah Street (Yamaha) boasts the best provisional time, 16" ahead of Franco-Malian Alain Duclos (Aprilia), and 23" in front of Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW).Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) seems to have lost 44" on Street. The situation is worse still for general standings leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who has apparently already lost 6'25 on the stage leaser.

08:05 - bike
002 - A problem for Despres?

First to start today's special, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is currently in 5th position on the tracks. The road is now being opened by Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), the new provisional leader of this 3rd stage.

07:30 - bike
002 - Today's special is underway!

394 crews (194 bikes and quads, 136 cars and 64 trucks) have been authorised to start the 3rd stage. Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), winner of the first two stages, kicked off proceedings for the day's special at 7.15 AM as scheduled. He was followed two minutes later by his main rival, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

06:00
On separate paths...

Three different specials are on the day's menu, with a route specific to the bikes and quads, one for the cars and finally a third for the trucks, who will only battle it out over the first 226 kilometres of the route. Indeed, this 3rd stage will be made up of two separate timed sections with a neutralised part scheduled after 170 km.In total, the bikers will be faced with a 524-km special, as opposed to 500 for the cars and 226 for the trucks. More importantly, the terrain will vary from section to section, with a sandier first part and a more mountainous forested second part.These conditions should light the fire of the duel between the two elite KTM riders, with leader Cyril Despres ahead of his rival Marc Coma by 2'35 in the general standings.As for the car race, after two successive stage victories by the leader Carlos Sainz (VW), all the rest hope that Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) will take advantage of the first stretches of sand to claw back some time on the native of Madrid, preventing him from opening up a big gap at the top of the general standings. A watchful eye should also be cast on the performance of Robby Gordon, who cannot wait to get his Hummer on the sandy terrain.

-source: dakar

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Alain Duclos , David Casteu , Paulo Goncalves , Jonah Street , Olivier Pain , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Alejandro Patronelli , Tomas Maffei , Sebastian Halpern