Dakar 2017 Stage 8 UYUNI - SALTA

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10th #027 - JOAQUIM RODRIGUES (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN
Top 10?? I never thought they would make it to the weekend, shows what I know.

And how a Zongshen made it to stage 3 is mind boggling.

Bad day for Mardeev, No KAMAZ sweep.

I'm pulling for the French Rookie on the Quad
 

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I disagree. While yes, the racing isn't up to what's it's been in years past the actual survival part of the race is mind blowing. What was a dry river bed becomes a river, 35k lb trucks buried to the axles in mud, spending 2 nights in the middle of no-where freezing cold. The race crossed the line from race to survival. Not just surviving the race to finish but surviving to live. One day it's 120 degrees and snowing and flooding the next. It's just amazing. I'm hooked more this year than ever before. And to the organizers that work on a route all year to have a change in just a few hours... Wow. Hat's off to all the 2017 Dakar Survivors!
 

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Have to agree with @y2kbaja.

The Dakar should be hard. When you watch the daily recap and they show the "Legends" segments, it's amazing to see how much the earliest days of the race were simply "get there by any means" instead of a point to point sprint.

Yes, it's a bit disappointing to have stages canceled but that's rallying. It happens in any event... competing in an open/uncontrolled environment means you take what you get. If they wanted easy they'd be doing circuit racing.
 

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Official statement:

Stage 9 Salta – Chilecito cancelled


A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms happened this morning at 10.30am on the road used to join the bivouac, 40 kilometers north of Jujuy, 160kms away from Salta, hitting the village of Volcan. According to the Argentinian civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.

The organization offered its sanitary facilities to reinforce the local safety support on site.

As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liaison by about 200 km. They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race tomorrow.

A number of larger vehicles will not be able to use that road either.

Tomorrow's day will be devoted to regroup the race caravan in Chilecito to continue the event by giving the start on the 12th of January of stage 10, between CHILECITO and SAN JUAN.
 

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This year's Dakar quickly turning into a dud

I disagree. While yes, the racing isn't up to what's it's been in years past the actual survival part of the race is mind blowing. What was a dry river bed becomes a river, 35k lb trucks buried to the axles in mud, spending 2 nights in the middle of no-where freezing cold. The race crossed the line from race to survival. Not just surviving the race to finish but surviving to live. One day it's 120 degrees and snowing and flooding the next. It's just amazing. I'm hooked more this year than ever before. And to the organizers that work on a route all year to have a change in just a few hours... Wow. Hat's off to all the 2017 Dakar Survivors!

Have to agree with @y2kbaja.

The Dakar should be hard. When you watch the daily recap and they show the "Legends" segments, it's amazing to see how much the earliest days of the race were simply "get there by any means" instead of a point to point sprint.

Yes, it's a bit disappointing to have stages canceled but that's rallying. It happens in any event... competing in an open/uncontrolled environment means you take what you get. If they wanted easy they'd be doing circuit racing.

I agree with all of you in that from the human element this year's race is still pretty wild, but from a racing standpoint with several stages cut short and a few cancellations they are running about half the race it seems... I'm sure that the organizers are doing the best they can with what they have, but it is still disappointing that so much "racing" is not happening, for days it is just a large convoy of survival through terrible weather from one camp to another...

Even from a survival of man standpoint it is kinda tough to feel like they are really barely surviving when some of the major problems include getting the RVs unstuck from the mud so they can get from one bivouac to the next...
 

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2017 Dakar Rally

January 1-14, 2017

Leg 8: Uyuni - Salta

Special stage: 171km and 248km; Liaison sections: 49km, 176km and 350km

ROMA AND DE VILLIERS LOSE TIME BUT RAUTENBACH AND VAN LOON CLIMB ON EIGHTH DAKAR STAGE INTO SALTA

SALTA (ARGENTINA) – Tuesday, January 10: Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s six surviving Toyota Hiluxes endured mixed fortunes on a revised eighth special stage between Uyuni in Bolivia and Salta in Argentina on Tuesday.

The two leading Toyotas of Joan Roma and Giniel de Villiers ceded time to their main rivals at the top of the leader board, although Conrad Rautenbach and Erik Van Loon were able to improve their positions in the general classification.

Running with support from Monster Energy, Power Electronics and Air Europa, Roma lost time on the revised first 171km section of the special stage at altitude and reached the finish at PC1 trailing stage leader Loeb by 9min 32sec. He had also ceded time to closest rival Cyril Despres and slipped back to fourth overall.

The Spaniard was able to recoup some of the time in the second half and reached the stage finish in seventh to remain in fourth place. Sébastien Loeb pipped Stéphane Peterhansel to the day’s win to regain a slender overall lead of just 1min 38sec.

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz began the special third on the road and sixth overall. The South African was a virtual fifth at the finish of section one and had slipped a further 1min 15sec behind fifth-placed rival Mikko Hirvonen. The 2009 winner maintained that position to the end and now trails the Finn by 28min 03sec with four stages remaining before the finish in Buenos Aires on January 14.

Rautenbach and Van Loon climb in their Overdrive Racing Toyotas

Zimbarwean Conrad Rautenbach and his South African co-driver Robert Howie were a virtual ninth on the opening section to the original PC1 and moved up to 13th overall and maintained a similar position to the stage finish.

The Dutch crew of Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar also climbed a place to 18th in the general classification on the opening section and reached Salta in 17th overall after passing the German driver Stephan Schott over the closing kilometres.

Alejandro Yacopini and Daniel Merlo completed the last competitive section of this year’s Dakar in Bolivia in 21st overall and crossed the border into their native Argentina in a similar position in the rankings.

The Chinese crew of He Zhitao and Kai Zhao remain on track to fulfil their goal of finishing the Dakar in a Boundless Yong Racing Toyota run by Overdrive Racing. They were delayed before the special this morning when a road collapsed after recent inclement weather in the region.

Additional support for Overdrive Racing comes from Power Electronics and Kappa clothing.

TODAY AND TOMORROW

Recent rainfall again forced rally officials to modify the route of the eighth stage between Uyuni and Salta and reduce the competitive distance by around 73km. The stage began on the Altiplano after a short liaison and the first section was stopped at the original PC1 point, after 171km. The liaison across the border into Argentina was extended to 176km to the start of a second stage of around 248km at Piscuno. Crews then took to the originally planned final liaison of 350km to the overnight halt in Salta, a city located in the Lerma Valley at 1,152 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Andes and the northwest of the country.

The longest day of the entire event will take crews from Salta to Chilecito on Wednesday. In a route of 977km, what race officials have termed the ‘Super Belén’ stage will run for 406km and feature tricky navigation, much higher temperatures at lower altitude and numerous demanding off-road sections.

WHAT THEY SAID:

JOAN ROMA – Car 305

“It really wasn’t a good day for me personally. During the rest day, our assistance team worked on the car, but the changes haven’t had the impact that we wanted. We were able to see on the neutralised section and on the second part of the special that it was better. But, for me and Giniel, we’re lacking power at altitude. There are still two difficult days and a lot can happen. We’re driving as best we can. We could always take more risks, but we wouldn’t feel safe any more.”

2017 Dakar Rally –SS8 result (top 9 only):

1. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (FRA) Peugeot 3008 DKR 4hr 11min 02sec
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 3008 DKR 4hr 14min 37sec
3. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 3008 DKR 4hr 16min 15sec
4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Périn (FRA) John Cooper Works Rally Mini 4hr 19min 16sec
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (DEU) Toyota Gazoo Hilux 4hr 22min 59sec
6. Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) John Cooper Works Rally Mini 4hr 23min 40sec
7. Joan Roma (ESP)/Alex Haro (ESP) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 4hr 25min 28sec
8. Khaled Al-Qassimi (UAE)/Pascal Maimon (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 4hr 29min 19sec
9. Conrad Rautenbach (ZWE)/Robert Howie (ZAF) Toyota Gazoo Hilux 4hr 30min 04sec

2017 Dakar Rally – overall standings after SS8 (unofficial @ 23.30 CET):

1. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MCO) Peugeot 3008 DKR 20hr 10min 05sec
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 3008 DKR 20hr 11min 43sec
3. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 3008 DKR 20hr 27min 22sec
4. Joan Roma (ESP)/Alex Haro (ESP) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 20hr 33min 41sec
5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Périn (FRA) John Cooper Works Rally Mini 21hr 03min 46sec
6. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (DEU) Toyota Gazoo Hilux 21hr 31min 49sec
7. Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) John Cooper Works Rally Mini 21hr 36min 52sec
8. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) John Cooper Works Rally Mini 21hr 52min 23sec
13. Conrad Rautenbach (ZWE)/Robert Howie (ZAF) Toyota Gazoo Hilux 24hr 02min 38sec
17. Erik van Loon (NED)/Wouter Rosegaar (NED) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 25hr 13min 52sec
21. Alejandro Yacopini (ARG)/Daniel Merlo (ARG) Toyota Hliux Overdrive 26hr 35min 05sec
TBA. He Zhitao (CHN)/Kai Zhao (CHN) Toyota Hilux Overdrive TBA
 
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