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OiLibya Rally of Morocco

spalind

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#1
Wish I was there again this year...but one can only spend so much time away from the wife and kids...

3 Americans entered again this year...two on bikes (Brabec and the Husky guy) and finally Bryce gets his shot at what will be a true primer for Dakar in the Mini...starts in a couple days...Can Loeb keep it in one piece? Can Nasser win again? Entry list in cars is many of the Dakar favorites though no Peterhansel or Al Rajhi...

Nasser
Przygonski
Prokop
Zapletal
Hirvonen
Vasilyev
Terranova
Roma
Sainz
Loeb
Ten brinke
Garafulic
 

spalind

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#3
Toby Price has crashed during testing today and is now out of the event...


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spalind

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#4
SSS is over...a short like 12 km in length.

On bikes Sunderland took the win
Laia Sanz was 5th, 26 seconds back
Brabec was 9th, 45 back
Short was 15th, 1:12 adrift

In cars the SSS win was Nasser’s

Bryce finished tied for 6th with Pryzgonski some 50 seconds back

Loeb was 11th 1:18 back


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spalind

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#5
First real stage is in the books...Fez to Erfoud (out in the desert earlier in the process this year)

Quintanilla and his Husky take the win with Brabec finishing 7th on the day 11:33 back. Short finished 33rd (navigation issues for the newbie?) some 47 minutes adrift. This puts Brabec in 6th overall 12 minutes behind the leader, Quintanilla and Short in 33rd, some 48 back. 55 riders have finished the day to this point.

In cars Loeb put his foot down and took the stage by 14 minutes over Pryzgonski and Nasser. Bryce finished 10th on the day (fifth Mini) about 30 minutes back. With only 17 cars finishing thus far this puts Loeb in front of Nasser by 12:51 for the overall and Bryce in 10th, 30:02 back.
 

mxenr

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#7
Also some news from the bivouac in Maroc. to prevent the teams from using the map guys, they get the road book at the organization tent there they have to prepare it. no phones allowed in the tent, and when its done (they get 3 hours to do it) the road book goes back to the organization and the riders get ik back at the start of the next day.
 

Hog Wild

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#8
Also some news from the bivouac in Maroc. to prevent the teams from using the map guys, they get the road book at the organization tent there they have to prepare it. no phones allowed in the tent, and when its done (they get 3 hours to do it) the road book goes back to the organization and the riders get ik back at the start of the next day.
That's awesome! Finally they are doing something about the mapping problem.

Meanwhile, ASO is still not defending their course secrecy very well. I just mapped a small portion of Dakar 2018 based on a photo from an ASO meeting. The second to last day follows this road (#28), left to right.
 

Dirty Harry

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#9
3 Americans entered again this year...two on bikes (Brabec and the Husky guy) and finally Bryce gets his shot at what will be a true primer for Dakar in the Mini...
Bryce FINALLY gets his shot at a primer? You don't think that the Silk Way was an adequate test?
 

Dirty Harry

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#10
In cars Loeb put his foot down and took the stage by 14 minutes over Pryzgonski and Nasser. Bryce finished 10th on the day (fifth Mini) about 30 minutes back. With only 17 cars finishing thus far this puts Loeb in front of Nasser by 12:51 for the overall and Bryce in 10th, 30:02 back.
Wow Loeb gapped the field big time! That definitely gives him some breathing room moving forward, which should allow him to save his equipment.

I thought that Sainz was off the Peugeot team, does this mean he will be racing with them at Dakar as well???
 

Dirty Harry

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#11
Also some news from the bivouac in Maroc. to prevent the teams from using the map guys, they get the road book at the organization tent there they have to prepare it. no phones allowed in the tent, and when its done (they get 3 hours to do it) the road book goes back to the organization and the riders get ik back at the start of the next day.
That definitely helps level the playing field and follows the spirit of rally raid in my opinion, good move! It will be interesting to see if ASO follows suit.
 

Dirty Harry

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#13
Not sure it had as many of the top talents as this does that’s all.
The most important thing for Bryce is getting familiar with the format and fatigue with these bigger events.

Peterhansel, Despres, and Loeb raced the Silk Way though so I think the only guy missing was Nasser. Really I just like having someone to talk to about Rally Raid!
 

mxenr

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#14
Race stoped after 165 km it's to wet now waiting on further info from organization. Sam Sunderland is already out (bike problems)
 

mxenr

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#15
After the FIA opening car drove through the overflowing oueds, the oueds decided to be stronger than expected, the drivers are neutralised at CP1.
The organisation is currently installing a convoy back to the bivouac.
 

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mxenr

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#17
Tomorrow stage is alterd, first part of stage 410 km is neutralised. First bikes leave the bivouac at 5.30 am local time
 

Dirty Harry

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#18
The Peugeot 3008DKR continues to perform at the Rallye du Maroc and scored strong results on today’s stage three with the first double podium finish, thanks to Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena in second and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz third.

Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena started seventh on the road. They ran reliably, averaging 100km/h, and were more cautious in the dunes of the final part of the stage, ending up second on the stage and maintaining the overall lead of the event with a margin of 3 minutes 46 seconds.


Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz joined their team-mates on the stage podium, proving that they are truly up to speed despite several months out of the car. Even though they suffered from dust from the cars ahead of them on the road, after having started in 14th position, they were able to move up to 3rd position on the stage, passing 3 competitors on the road.


The 50-hour penalty for Sainz, as a result of a misunderstanding with race control on yesterday’s shortened stage 2, was cancelled, meaning that the Spaniard is now back in a representative position – 6th overall, 26 minutes off the leader.


Tonight at the marathon bivouac there is no service park, meaning the drivers and co-drivers will go through the mechanics’ check-list by themselves. As neither crew had any particular problems, despite the navigation continuing to be tricky, they will focus on the road-book preparation and get some deserved rest.



NUMBER OF THE DAY: 11 This is the combined number of World Rally Championship titles that the Peugeot Total #DreamTeam in Morocco of Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz have accumulated between them. Staggeringly, this also equates to 104 WRC event victories.



QUOTES / UNQUOTE

Bruno FAMIN Peugeot Sport Director Team Manager Peugeot Total

“After what was quite literally a disorientating day yesterday, it was good to get back on track today with a -two-three finish for our 3008DKR. Carlos and Lucas were the fastest in section two of the stage, and were able to keep their cool. Now they are back among the competition and will fight to return to the top places. Sebastien and Daniel are smartly maintaining a sizeable lead. The cars have been perfectly reliable so the crews should not have much work to do tonight on the marathon bivouac.”


Sébastien LOEB, Team Peugeot Total driver2nd on the stage, 1st overall

“No problems for us today and we just concentrated on getting to the finish of the stage with no further drama or risks. We managed to maintain the gap with Nasser Al- Attiyah and we still have a small advantage. Tomorrow, he will open the road so our job is to stay focused and concentrated on finding the right way, without overreaching ourselves.”


Carlos SAINZ, Team Peugeot Total driver 3rd on the stage, 6th overall

“With every kilometre we feel more confident with the car; the only thing that was a little frustrating today was the dust from the cars ahead, as we started in the back. But apart from that it was OK. We will adjust some of the set-up on the car tonight. Now we are concentrating on moving up the order if we can.”



WHAT’S NEXT?

Like today, tomorrow’s action is split into two sections, predominantly featuring sand dunes. The first section takes in 170 kilometres of stage, leaving directly from the bivouac. The second section takes in 263 kilometres, after a 21-kilometre road section. It’s an intensive day requiring maximum driving precision and concentration from the crews, as it's all too easy to make a mistake and get stuck.
 
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