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The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:38 am

Peterhansel stretches his lead as Gordon says MINIs are for girls. ^o^



Stephane Peterhansel remains in a comfortable Dakar Rally lead despite losing a lot of time when his X-raid Mini became stuck in sand dunes on today's Arequipa to Nasca stage.

The dunes also caught out Peterhansel's team-mate and nearest rival Nani Roma, who was therefore only able to gain just under three minutes, so remains 20 minutes behind in the overall standings heading into the final weekend.

"As soon as we crossed the first dunes, we went over a crest and behind it was a sink hole, immediately penalising us as we got stuck," Peterhansel explained. "Time passed and the minutes seemed long. We lost at least 20 minutes, which meant that we would also lose the lead in the general standings.

"We cleared some sand and moved the car forward centimetre by centimetre to get out of there. Afterwards, I have to admit I took risks to claw the time back. That was the 50km where I've attacked the most during the whole rally.

"In the end we caught up with Nani several kilometres from the finish, so he must have had problems too.

"I've been saying for a while that by getting stuck in the dunes it's possible to lose half an hour. Today we came close to a real setback."

The stage victory went to Robby Gordon, who is competing under appeal after his Hummer was adjudged to be contravening the regulations on Wednesday. The American was 15 minutes quicker than second-fastest man Leonid Novitskiy's Mini, though he remains fourth overall behind Giniel de Villiers' Toyota.

With the rally win now out of sight, Gordon said his priority was just to prove a point to his rivals.

"Minis are for girls, because we beat them by 20 minutes. It was a great stage, with big dunes and the car's fast," he said.

Gordon added: "We schooled these boys. I'm pissed. I'm pissed at Stephane and I'm pissed at Nani for challenging my character about being a cheater and today I kicked their asses. I'm going to prove something every day for the rest of the rally. We're going to win every special from here home."

Leading positions after stage 12:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 11h19m04s
2. Nani Roma Mini + 20m00s
3. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 1h06m40s
4. Robby Gordon Hummer + 1h44m04s
5. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 2h00m01s
6. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 3h52m06s
7. Bernhard Ten Brinke Mitsubishi + 4h14m24s
8. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 4h18m21s
9. Ricardo Leal dos Santos Mini + 4h51m05s
10. Duncan Vos Toyota + 6h19m48s
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:30 pm

Leading positions after stage 13:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 14h28m51s
2. Nani Roma Mini + 42m57s
3. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 1h15m09s
4. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 2h12m56s
5. Robby Gordon Hummer + 2h20m05s
6. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 4h07m03s
7. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 4h32m00s
8. Ricardo Leal dos Santos Mini + 5h06m09s
9. Bernhard Ten Brinke Mitsubishi + 5h11m41s
10. Krzysztof Holowczyc Mini + 7h02m12s
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:57 pm

As I predicted, Petehansel won the Dakar for a record-breaking 10th time!!! Cyril Despres won the bike category and Gerard De Rooy took the win in the Trucks.

This was MINI's first major international rally win since the 60s.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:21 pm

Provisional results


Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 14h54m46s
2. Nani Roma Mini + 41m56s
3. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 1h13m25s
4. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 2h11m54s
5. Robby Gordon Hummer + 2h16m53s
6. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 4h05m52s
7. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 4h30m24s
8. Ricardo Leal dos Santos Mini + 5h03m18s
9. Bernhard Ten Brinke Mitsubishi + 5h11m18s
10. Krzysztof Holowczyc Mini + 6h59m38s
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