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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:41 am

Today is rest day for the competitors.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:06 pm

Ex Formula One driver Alex Caffi was excluded from the event. He was driving the useless Fiat Pandakar.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:15 am

Roma wins stage 8 and Peterhansel still leads overall.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:22 am

Leading positions after stage eight:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 20h05m15s
2. Robby Gordon Hummer + 7m36s
3. Krzysztof Holowczyc Mini + 7m48s
4. Nani Roma Mini + 12m27s
5. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 37m45s
6. Nasser Al-Attiyah Hummer + 45m25s
7. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 1h07m33s
8. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 1h23m29s
9. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 2h04m15s
10. Erik van Loon Mitsubishi + 2h19m04s
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:05 pm

Robby Gordon won stage 9 in his big fat Hummer and Peterhansel maintains overall lead. Nothing can stop him from winning.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:06 pm

Dakar superstar Nasser is out of the race. :yaynot:
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:55 pm

Peterhansel has won the 2012 Dakar Rally!!!..............will be the headlines in all newspapers in 5 days time. :hihi:
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:29 pm

Peterhansel continues to stretch his lead over Gordon who seems to be going backwards. Roma quickest on waypoint 6, stage 10.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:33 pm

One Roma has Joan Stage 10 and moves up to second overall. Robby G drops to third and Peterhansel holds a 20minute lead over his nearest rivals.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:15 pm

Alister McRae retired from the event on Stage 9.
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:11 am

Peterhansel unstoppable as Robby Gordon disqualified?


Stephane Peterhansel edged closer to a tenth Dakar Rally victory as Robby Gordon and Krzysztof Holowczyc, his two nearest rivals at the start of the day, suffered a variety of afflictions on stage 10.

Gordon lost more than 11 minutes on the special stage when he went off track and damaged the front left of his car.

Such woes were then compounded by news that stewards had decided to disqualify his Hummer for technical non-compliance after stage nine. Gordon has appealed, and will continue to compete in the rally until the outcome of the appeal is announced.

Gordon's stage 10 woe came during a direct fight with overall leader Stephane Peterhansel.

The American was first to start the run from Iquique to Arica, but was reeled in by Peterhansel - the pair trading the role of running first on the stage several times before Gordon's crash.

"I hit a rock with both right-side tyres we've got some broken parts," Gordon said after the stage. "Do I think I can win again? Of course.

"I was passing him [Peterhansel], he didn't move over and I clobbered a rock and got two flat tyres at the same time. So, we've got our work cut out for us."

Peterhansel's bid to clinch the 2012 Dakar crown was also boosted by mechanical issues for his Mini team-mate Krzysztof Holowczyc, who suffered power steering failure 50km into the stage.

He was able to get going but stopped again 35 minutes into the special stage, effectively ending his 2012 bid.

As Holowczyc suffered, the third Mini of Nani Roma took its third stage victory of 2012 to move into second in the overall standings.

Roma was also able to take 21s out of Peterhansel's lead, but he still lies over 19 minutes behind his Mini stable mate. Gordon is the only other driver within an hour of the lead.


Leading positions after stage 10:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 28h41m12s
2. Nani Roma Mini + 19m05s
3. Robby Gordon Hummer + 19m51s
4. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 1h01m33s
5. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 2h00m55s
6. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 2h27m53s
7. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 3h24m58s
8. Ten Brinke Mitsubishi + 3h58m22s
9. Erik van Loon Mitsubishi + 3h59m31s
10. Duncan Vos Toyota + 4h01m54s
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:37 pm

'hansel fastest at wp4, Stage 11. This guy is invicible. :indian:
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:42 pm

Dakar gossip


The "love" between the Qatari and Dakar title holder Nasser Al Attiyah and Robby Gordon seems to has gone - told different stories in the last camp before Peru. Al Attiyah, who had to withdrew from the Rally on Tuesday due to technical problems, said that he "would never race again with this car".

Yesterday the Dakar-organiser ASO reported about Gordon´s eventually disqualification because of eventual false or manipulated air-intakes. Gordon made a official protest, so he could finish the rally. What happened behind the scenes? A reason for Al Attiyah?

For Robby Gordon the situation is different. "The problem is not the Hummer's, but al-Attiyah's," he said to the news agengy DPA. He also told, that the Qatari had pushed the car too far - and had been waiting to leave the competition for days.

Other speculations are harder. 2012 Nasser Al Attiyah is to start in the WRC World Rally Championship as factory driver for Citroen - and the debut is the "Rally Monte Carlo" on January 18th.

"There is speculation that he was upset about missing the first stage of that event, in Monte Carlo, and that he only planned to stay in the Dakar Rally until the end if he had a chance to defend the title he won last year" the news agency DPA reported.



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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:42 pm

[quoteL]eading positions after stage 11:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini 32h38m05s
2. Nani Roma Mini + 22m49s
3. Giniel de Villiers Toyota + 1h11m01s
4. Robby Gordon Hummer + 2h10m31s
5. Leonid Novitskiy Mini + 2h11m10s
6. Lucio Alvarez Toyota + 3h53m51s
7. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 4h04m43s
8. Bernard ten Brinke Mitsubishi + 4h17m36s
9. Ricardo Leal dos Santos Mini + 4h38m11s
10. Duncan Vos Toyota + 4h50m21s[/quote]
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Re: The "Dakar" 2012 Thread!

Postby Sinister on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Hey I'm all alone here talking to myself. :eerie: :argh: :hihi:
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