Stage 8 notes

17:44 - truck
500 - Victory number 60!

The first 3 trucks have just finished the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) possesses the day's best time, 31'49 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 37'05 in front of his other team-mate and countryman, young Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).As a result in the general standings, the "Tsar" regains the lead, 3'27 ahead of Kabirov and 29'36 in front of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra) who lost 41'36 today.Chagin's latest victory is the Russian's 60th on the Dakar, which obviously represents a new stage victory record for all categories and 4 more than his nearest rival in the roll of honour, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel.

17:39 - quad
252 - Patronelli kills two birds with one stone

The first quads have just finished the day's special and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) has won, picking up his 4th victory in 2011 and his 6th on the Dakar, 8'02 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 11'00 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).As a result in the general standings, the eldest Patronelli brother regains the lead which he lost yesterday evening.

17:25 - car
301 - "Peter" loses 1 hr 13... and 3rd place in the general standings

4th to start the 8th stage this morning, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has just finished the day's stage, 1:13'41" after stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). As a result in the general standings, the nine times Dakar winner now lies in 4th place, 1:33'30 behind the new leader of the general standings, Al-Attiyah, and 44'45 behind South African Giniel De Villiers (VW), the new 3rd placed driver in the general standings.

17:10 - truck
500 - Chagin looking well set to regain the general standings lead

The first 5 trucks have passed through CP6 after 453 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still holds the best provisional time, 29'20 and 29'48 ahead of his countrymen and team-mates Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) and Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) respectively. If he continues at this pace, or the gaps stay the same, the "Tsar" will take control of the general standings again.

16:45 - quad
252 - Patronelli looking well set to regain the general standings lead

The first 6 quads have passed through CP6 after 453 km of the day's special and Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) still boasts the best provisional time, 7'16 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 9'01 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

16:22 - car
308 - 3rd place on the stage for De Villiers

South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) has just finished the day's special, and has the third best time of the day, 17'22 behind the stage winner, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) but 2'39 ahead of another team-mate, American Mark Miller (VW), 4иme.

16:20 - quad
252 - Patronelli breaks away

The first 3 quads have just passed through CP5 after 417 km of the day's special and are still led by Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) who boasts the best provisional time, 3'37 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 3'49 in front of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

16:15 - car
301 - Peterhansel's last hopes evaporate

As Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) was crossing the finishing line of the day's special, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) was at a standstill for almost 20 minutes at the 430 km point. He resumed racing, only to stop for another 20 minutes after 449 km.

15:44 - car
302 - Nasser Al-Attiyah takes the lead!

The first two cars have finished the day's special and in the end Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has won, 6'36 ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW)! This 3rd stage victory in 2011, and the 11th of his career on the Dakar, allows Al-Attiyah (VW) to take over the lead in the general standings, 5'14 ahead of the Spanish title holder.

15:40 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah makes a big push late on

Recorded at CP6 (after 453 km of the day's special) with a 2 second lead over the general standings leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) has just finished the day's special. As a reminder, only 1'22 separated the two men at the start of this 8th stage.

15:12 - quad
252 - Patronelli regains command!

The first 3 quads have made it through CP4 after 376 km of the day's special and now Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) holds the best provisional time, 4'45 ahead of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) and 5'21 in front of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

15:09 - car
308 - De Villiers aiming for the Top 3

The first 4 cars have just made it through CP5 after 417 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still boasts the best provisional time, 2'15 ahead of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 13'13 in front of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). This situation should whet the appetite of the Dakar 2009 winner, who now holds a lead of 9'14 over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), and who could take 3rd place in the general standings at the finish of this 8th stage.

14:59 - bike
001 - Stage victory for Coma!

The first 4 bikes have finished the day's special, and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) has triumphed, picking up his 3rd victory on this 33rd edition of the Dakar and the 14th of his career, 1'55 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 4'21 in front of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).As a result, in the general standings, the leader Marc Coma (KTM) now has a lead of 9'19 over his nearest rival, title holder Cyril Despres (KTM).

14:55 - truck
500 - Chagin still leads after 283 km

The first 3 trucks have completed 283 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still possesses the best provisional time, 15'35 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) and 28'30 in front of Czech driver Alиs Loprais (Tatra). However, the Iritrack in the truck of the general standings leader, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), has not yet given his position.

14:44 - car
300 - Sainz breaks away

The first 4 cars have passed through CP4 after 376 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still holds the best provisional time. Things have got better still for the Spaniard, since he has overtaken his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and is now opening the way. As a result, at CP4, Sainz has a lead of 2'24 over Al-Attiyah and 12'14 over his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). As for Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), he trails the stage leader by 18'55.

14:29 - bike
001 - No change at CP6

The first 4 bikes have just passed through CP6 after 453 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still leads, 1'39 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 3'30 in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

14:28 - quad
269 - Laskawiec is holding on...

Now that the first 4 quads have completed 283 km of the day's special, Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, 2'50 ahead of Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 7'03 in front of another Argentinean, Jorge Santamarina (Honda).

14:26 - truck
500 - Chagin again and forever...

The first 3 trucks have just completed 250 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still boasts the best provisional time, 7'18 ahead of his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 13'22 in front of his young team-mate Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).The winner of the last two specials, Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra) is having problems today and trails the stage leader by 25'26.

14:23 - bike
001 - Coma still leads at CP5

The first 5 bikes have made it through CP5 after 417 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, 1'59 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 3'31 ahead of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

14:22 - car
301 - "Peter" 13'25 behind

The first 6 cars have just completed 283 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still leads, 1'56 ahead of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 8'58 in front of South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). There is bad news for Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), however, who now trails the stage leader by 13'25.

14:15 - bike
001 - Coma and Despres head and shoulders above the rest

The first 5 bikes have just passed through CP4 after 376 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still boasts the best provisional time, 1'36 ahead of his main rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM). The two riders have distanced the competition however: the 3rd placed rider, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), already trails the stage leader by 7'23.

13:12 - quad
269 - Laskawiec opens up a handsome lead

The first 8 quads have completed 191 km of the day's special and are still led by Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) who not only holds the best provisional time but is in the process of opening up a handsome lead: he is now 8'20 ahead of Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) and 8'33 in front of another Argentinean, Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha). As for Sebastian Halpern (YAmaha), he trails the stage leader by 28'12.

13:08 - car
300 - Sainz opens up a gap

The first 6 cars have just completed 191 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), still boasts the best provisional time, 2'51 and 5'55 ahead of his team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and Giniel De Villiers (VW) respectively. Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) continues to lose time on he leaders and now trails the stage leader by 7'27.

13:04 - car
307 - A day from hell for Holowczyc

5th in the general standings at the start of this 8th special, Krzysztof Holowczyc (BMW) is experiencing a day from hell: after having to stop twice, losing 15 and then 52 minutes, the Polish rider has again ground to a halt after 119 km of the day's special.

12:52 - truck
500 - Chagin still out in front

The first 5 trucks have passed through CP2 after 143 km of the day's special and it is still Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) who holds the best provisional time, 3'11 ahead of the general standings leader, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), and 4'35 in front of Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra).

12:28 - bike
001 - A lead of 1'56 for Coma after 283 km

The first 5 bikes have completed 283 km of the day's special and the leader of both the day's stage and the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), now holds a lead of 1'56 over Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 5'43 over Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha). These positions are liable to change, however, since the Iritrack of Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) has not given his position for the moment.

12:25 - car
300 - Sainz still leads at CP2

The first 6 cars have just made it through CP2 after 143 km of the day's special and it is still Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) who leads the day's special, 1'08 ahead of his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW) and 1'17 in front of his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). As for Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), treading on eggshells in both metaphorically and literally with his tyres, he already trails the stage leader by 3'16.

12:12 - truck
500 - Chagin ahead but cannot shake off his pursuers

The first ten trucks have completed 77 km of the day's special and are still led by Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) whose best provisional time is 1'35 better than his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov's (Kamaz) and 2'43 better than the time recorded for Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra).

11:59 - car
304 - Miller in 4th after 119 km

Holder of the best provisional time after 42 km, American Mark Miller 5VW) has just completed 119 km, and now has the 4th best provisional time, 1'21 behind the stage leader, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

11:56 - bike
001 - Coma still leads after 250 km

The first 5 bikes have completed 250 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, 1'49 ahead of his main rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), and 4'12 in front of Chilean Francisco Lopez (Aprilia).

11:49 - car
304 - Waiting for Miller...

The first 4 cars have completed 119 km of the day's special and Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) now holds the best provisional time, pending the arrival of his American team-mate Mark Miller (VW). "El Matador" has leads of 23" and 1'00 over his team-mates Giniel De Villiers (VW) and Nasser Al6Attiyah (VW) respectively. In other news, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) has already suffered a puncture and trails the stage leader by 1'54.

11:41 - quad
269 - Laskawiec leads at CP3 (quad) (dossard 269)

The first 5 quads have passed through CP3 after 150 km of the day's special and now Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) has snatched the best provisional time, 4'02 ahead of Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and 4'27 in front of the former leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

11:28 - bike
007 - Street at a standstill at 189 km

14th in the general standings at this morning's start, American Jonah Street (Yamaha) has been at a standstill for the last 10 minutes at the 189 km point of the day's special and is undertaking repairs with the aim to resuming the race.

11:24 - truck
500 - Chagin back in business

The first 3 trucks have just completed 43 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), 3rd to start this morning, now holds the best provisional time, 1'23 ahead of the general standings leader, his countryman and team-mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 2'11 in front of Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra), who has the difficult task of opening the road today.

11:16 - car
304 - Miller closes in on the big shots!

The first 9 cars have completed 42 km of the day's special and American Mark Miller (VW) possesses the best provisional time, 14" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 21" in front of South African Giniel De Villiers (VW). Forced to open the way today, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) lies 1'08 behind the stage leader, whilst the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) trails by 34".

11:13 - bike
001 - Coma continues to make headway

The leader of this 8th special since the 55 km point, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still boasts the best provisional time, but is now 2'12 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 4'22 in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

10:53 - quad
269 - Laskawiec is catching up with Halpern

The first 6 quads have completed 77 km of the day's special and whilst Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) still holds the best provisional time, the Argentinean has a lead of only 9" over Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha). Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) is in 3rd place, 2'53 behind the stage leader.

10:49 - truck
504 - The truck race is underway!

The winner of the 7th stage yesterday, Czech driver Ales Loprais (Tatra), kicked off proceedings in the truck special, starting in 12th position of the car-truck pack. He was followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

10:32 - bike
001 - Coma leads at CP2

The first 4 bikes have made it through CP2 after 143 km of the day's special and Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) still possesses the best provisional time, 1'44 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 2'53 in front of Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha).

10:29 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah gets the car special started

The winner of the 7th stage yesterday, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), kicked off proceedings in the day's car-truck special, starting at 10.15 AM as scheduled. He was followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

10:24 - bike
001 - Coma is opening up a gap...

Now that the first 4 bikes have made it past the 118 km point of the day's special, Marc Coma (KTM) still holds the best provisional time. Better still, the Spaniard has opened up a gap on his pursuers, with a lead of now 1'43 over Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 2'38 over Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter, who has obviously started to get used to his new KTM 450cc.

10:21 - quad
255 - Halpern leads after 43km

The first 4 quads have just completed 43 km of the day's special and Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) boasts the best provisional time, 40" ahead of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) and 2'03 ahead of his countryman Jorge Santamarina (Honda).

09:52 - bike
017 - Broken collar bone for Goncalves!

The provisional stage leader after 42 km, Portugal's Paulo Goncalves (BMW) suffered a serious crash just before the 55 km point of the day's special and arrived at CP1 complaining of pain in the shoulder. After a brief examination by the medical team at CP1, the diagnostic is a broken collar bone. As a result, ride No. 17's race ends there, and he is now waiting to be evacuated.

09:50 - bike
001 - Coma leads after 77 km

Now that the first 4 bikes have completed 77 km of the day's special, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) now holds the best provisional time, 5" ahead of Frrancais Cyril Despres (KTM) and 21" in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

09:45 - bike
017 - Goncalves leads after 43 km

Now that the first 11 bikes have completed 43 km of the day's special, Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves (BMW), 8th to start this morning, now leads with the best provisional time, 52" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

09:20 - bike
002 - Despres leads after 43 km...

The first 4 bikes have just completed 43 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) boast the best provisional time, 14" ahead of his main rival and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 52" in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) who is still opening the way for the moment.

09:14 - quad
255 - The quad race is underway!

The winner of the 7th stage yesterday, Argentinean Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha), kicked off proceedings in the day's quad special at 9.07 AM as scheduled, starting in 36th position in the bike-quad pack. He was followed 1 minute later by Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

08:50 - bike
003 - "Chaleco" gets the day's special started

At the end of the 7th stage yesterday, 262 crews (112 bikes, 17 quads, 88 cars and 45 trucks) were authorised to take starter's orders this morning. The stage's local boy, Chilean Francisco Lopez (Aprilia), winner of the 7th stage yesterday, got the day's special started at 8.35 AM as scheduled. "Chaleco" was followed 2 minutes later by Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

06:00
All difficulties in one stage...

For the penultimate stage in Chile, the organizers have devised a tough one for the contenders: 508 km against the clock and all possible difficulies in one route alternating between sand dunes, off-road, rios, sand dunes again and a vast off-road section near Copiapo. On the race side, this stage will undoubtedly be the last chance for Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), who is now 21'11 behind the raid leaders. The biggest asset of the Vesoul driver is the team struggle between the leader in the standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) and his Qatari team mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), second in the rankings just 1'22 shy of the Spaniard. Having lost by 2'12 last year, Al-Attiyah (VW) wants revenge and will try anything to steal the first place back from Sainz. In the bike category, the situation is more or less the same: the race has become a duel between Cyril Despres (KTM) and Marc Coma (KTM) who are just 7'24 in the general standings. After a 10-minute penalty on stage 4, the Frenchman has started to gain back minute after minute from his main rival who has been trying to control the race and will start today again right behind Despres. To be followed as well is "local kid" Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez Contardo (Aprilia), yesterday's winner, who will certainly aim for another stage victory on home turf before reentering Argentina.

-source: dakar

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Paulo Goncalves , Ales Loprais , Eduard Nikolaev , Jonah Street , Helder Rodrigues , Francisco Lopez , Josef Machacek , Lukasz Laskawiec , Alejandro Patronelli , Sebastian Halpern