Dakar 2016 - Stage 10 - Belen > La Rioja

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Fiambala in style

The Fiambalá dunes have become one of the decisive stages of the Dakar. This year, they feature at the heart of the most critical rally sequence, when drivers and their vehicles will have to demonstrate their aptitude for extreme endurance. Moreover, the day's stage presents the longest dune section in the shared history of the Dakar and Fiambalá, off-piste for most of the time. In short, an open door for desert specialists.This “super-special section” will be organised using an exceptional starting order: the ten fastest cars, the ten fastest motorbikes and the five fastest trucks will set off together, paving the way for the other competitors.

Schedule
Local Time is GMT-3
Pacific Standard Time is GMT-8
1st Start (GMT-4) 8:00 am

Transit
Bikes: 283 km / 175.8 miles
Quads: 283 km / 175.8 miles
Cars: 485 km / 301.4 miles
Trucks: 237 km / 147.3 miles


Special Stage
Bikes: 278 km / 172.7 miles
Quads: 278 km / 172.7 miles
Cars: 278 km / 172.7 miles
Trucks: 431 km / 267.8 miles


Cars/Trucks

Cars/Trucks

Bikes/Quads

Bikes/Quads
 

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  • 08:56 : Cars: Al-Attiyah upside down!
    Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) may have seen his hopes go up in smoke. The Qatari is reported to have done a barrel roll 5.85 km into the special. The first part of the car race is very lively, with Van Loon confirmed to have also done a barrel roll some time earlier.
 

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  • 08:59 : Cars: Sainz losing time
    What a start. Carlos Sainz (Peugeot), the first driver to start today, seems to have run into trouble looking for the first waypoint. He's been overtaken by De Villiers (Toyota) and Hirvonen (Mini) after driving round and round near km 30.
 

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  • 09:01 : Cars: Al-Attiyah back in the race
    Nasser Al-Attiyah is back on his wheels. The official Mini driver managed to get going after his barrel roll at the start of today's special. However, a big question mark hangs over the condition of his car and whether he'll be able to keep his promise of attacking in the final dune sector of the Dakar.

  • 09:03 : Cars: a poor start for Sainz!
    Carlos Sainz is having a streak of bad luck in the early part of today's special. The official Peugeot driver suffered a flat tyre while looking for the beacon of the first waypoint. Yet another setback for the provisional leader.
 

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  • 09:33 : Cars: Hirvonen lost
    Mini's having a terrible start to today's special. After Van Loon and Al-Attiyah, it's now Hirvonen's turn to concede ground. It looks like the Finn wandered around for a while before validating the first waypoint.
 

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  • 09:43 : Cars: Peter also loses his bearings!
    This is the stage that just keeps giving! After Sainz, Al-Attiyah and Hirvonen, it was Stéphane Peterhansel's turn to wander around looking for the first waypoint. Peter is back on track after driving around for some time.
 

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  • 10:23 : Cars: Peter and Despres overtake De Rooy
    Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel have overtaken Gerard de Rooy after CP1. The Peugeot duo started behind the leader of the truck classification this morning.
 

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WP1

1 303 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 001:53:10 00:00:00
2 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 001:57:57 00:04:47
 

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WP1 (UPDATE)

1 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 001:44:55
2 303 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 001:53:10 00:08:15
3 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 001:57:57 00:13:02
 

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  • 10:35 : Cars: Sainz taking no prisoners
    Despite some navigational trouble at the beginning of the special, Carlos Sainz (Peugeot) is setting an infernal pace. He flew past CP2 with a lead of more than 7 minutes over Giniel de Villiers (Toyota). We'll have to wait a few minutes to find out how big the gap between the Spaniard and his teammate and chaser is.
 

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WP2

1 303 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 002:13:31 00:00:00
2 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 002:16:43 00:03:12 00:00:00
 

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WP1 (UPDATE)

1 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 001:44:55 00:00:00
2 321 DESPRES (FRA), CASTERA (FRA) PEUGEOT 001:52:45 00:07:50 00:00:00
3 303 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 001:53:10 00:08:15 00:00:00
4 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 001:57:57 00:13:02 00:00:00
5 300 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), BAUMEL (FRA) MINI 002:13:39 00:28:44 00:00:00
 

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  • 11:00 : Cars: Peter attacks!
    Carlos Sainz looked like the man to beat, but Stéphane Peterhansel is stealing the show on the last day with navigation and crossings. The Frenchman gained 5'52' over his teammate at CP2!
 

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WP2 (UPDATE)

1 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 002:05:41
2 321 DESPRES (FRA), CASTERA (FRA) PEUGEOT 002:11:01 00:05:20
3 303 SAINZ (ESP), CRUZ (ESP) PEUGEOT 002:13:31 00:07:50
4 301 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 002:16:43 00:11:02
5 300 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), BAUMEL (FRA) MINI 002:31:49 00:26:08
 
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