Dakar '18 -Stage 11- Belén > Fiambalá > Chilecito

E. Araiza

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Super Fiambalá
If the weather is particularly hot, reducing the firmness of the sand, this will be one of the toughest spots in Argentina… and potentially the place where a racer in good shape will be able to shine. Stéphane Peterhansel can attest to that. As in 2016, the previous day’s special stage times will define the starting order, with a mix of bikes, cars and trucks for the 25 fastest finishers. In the evening, the bike riders will be stay in a separate bivouac for their second marathon stage.

Liaison > 205 km - Special > 280 km

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07:36 Mixed Start

Stéphane Peterhansel has just started today's special three minutes ahead of his immediate chaser, which will be a motorcycle for a change! We are having a mixed start this morning, so yesterday's winner Matthias Walkner will be right behind Mister Dakar. The other cars and motorcycles will continue taking turns to start the special, with some trucks interspersed among them!
 

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08:02 Peterhansel and Walkner at CP1

Two top competitors of two different categories racing close to one another is a rare sight indeed. We are seeing that today with Stéphane Peterhansel, second in the car category, and motorcycle leader Matthias Walkner. Remarkably, the Austrian was only 34 seconds slower than the Frenchman at CP1.
 

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What is interesting is that Sh. Khalid Al Qassimi is moving up the rankings - in a non-factory supported Peugeot.
 

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08:32 Hirvonen off to a flying start

Today's stage could have Mikko Hirvonen's name on it. In any case, the Mini driver went on the offensive as soon as the special started and is leading Bernhard ten Brinke by 21 seconds at CP1. Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz are the other drivers in the top 4 pending the passage of Nasser Al-Attiyah.
 

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08:55 Hirvonen, Ten Brinke and Al-Attiyah within seconds

Mikko Hirvonen, Bernhard ten Brinke and Nasser Al-Attiyah are just 25 seconds apart after 49 kilometres of racing. Carlos Sainz, 1’07’’ back, is ahead of Stéphane Peterhansel for a change, with the Frenchman 1'24' behind the leader.
 

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Thanks for the updates Desert dog.
 

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Thank God someone else is here - it was awfully quiet in here! ;):)
 

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JBB has abandoned the race due to exhaustion...
 

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A Toyota winner on the day...but its Ten Brinke, not NAAT...by 4 minutes over Sainz...
 

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Top seven bikers in...Brabec should be shown as bouncing back for a top 5 finish today.
 

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Looks like it will be strong Dakar for American bikers with all (fingers crossed) riders finishing and a number in the top 20 overall.
 

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Nikolaev lost his lead to Villagra due to broken driveshaft. Got another one from Mardeevs truck and still in the race
 

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Nikolaev loosing about an hour to Villagra, so it makes him second somewhere +30min to Villagra in overall standings.
Nothing decided yet in bikes trucks and even cars. And that's great :)
 

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Meanwhile Nikolaev is in the chase and reducing the gap from 55min to 37min from wp5 to wp6. Exciting ;)
 

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Villagra and Nikolaev both on the finish.
Nikolaev now second +16min overall
 
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