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Dakar '18 -Stage 1- Lima > Pisco

spalind

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Americans (and Canadian) on the day:

Bikes:
Ricky Brabec 11th, 2:37 back
Andrew Short 27th, 4:51
Mark Samuels 35th, 6:06
Petr Vleck 65th, 10:58
Bill Conger 93rd, 22:37 (reportedly a navigation error and not used to new waypoint system)
Jack Lundin (CAD), 121st on the day, 36:40
Shane Esposito, 124th, 38:59 (again a navigation error as he passed Bill Conger on stage and then went off in the wrong direction--reportedly)


Cars:
Bryce Menzies 4th, :38 back
Jeff Sunderland (codriver in #384) ??? No finish recorded yet

Utah newspaper article on Sunderland: Eden man travels to South America to compete in grueling off-road race | KSL.com
 
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spalind

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Can’t win it on the first day but sure can lose it...Bryce positioned well...showing speed that WRC winner Mikko couldn’t match and neither could typical front runner Al-Rajhi...should be putting people on notice that he is for real


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Dirty Harry

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Can’t win it on the first day but sure can lose it...Bryce positioned well...showing speed that WRC winner Mikko couldn’t match and neither could typical front runner Al-Rajhi...should be putting people on notice that he is for real
I am cautiously optimistic, with the emphasis on cautiously. If you look at prequel/stage 1 results for the last few years you will find quite a few names in the top ten that are never heard from again (Xavier Pons anyone?).
 

michael_loomis

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I am cautiously optimistic, with the emphasis on cautiously. If you look at prequel/stage 1 results for the last few years you will find quite a few names in the top ten that are never heard from again (Xavier Pons anyone?).
Agreed. Today doesn’t mean a much of anything.


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CFreeLV

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Do they start mixing the cars and trucks tomorrow? Saw the lead truck had a time of 00:25:15 which would mean he will start 18th tomorrow...???

I'm thinking Peugots plan was to take it easy today so they will have a burnt in trail where they believe are at a disadvantage in the coming dune stages.

We know Nasser isnt holding anything back. Can he put a sizable gab on the field in the beginning stages and dial it down to be there at the end? Can't wait for tomorrow.
 
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