During Stage 10 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, competitors experienced a typical course for the Argentinean rally stage with a mix of winding and fast roads, forests and open plateaus. After 37 km on the road the cars had a 353km (219 miles) special and the bikes a slightly different route at 357km (222 miles).
In the car category Nani Roma started todays stage with his team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel just behind. Peterhansel quickly took charge 64km into the special 12 seconds ahead of Terranova and 24 seconds ahead of Roma but that didn’t last long with Terranova commanding the lead just 36km later.
Orlando Terranova kept his lead for the rest of the day and is the first Argentinean to ever win a Dakar stage. The rest of the podium was also taken by X-Raid Mini’s driven by Roma and Peterhansel.
Giniel De Villiers finished fourth today 0:05:26 behind the winner and Robby Gordon had another top 5 finish at 00:06:51 behind Terranova.
Chicherit lost 20 minutes today despite not having any issues. He ended up 11th in todays stage and now sits 7th in the overall standings.
Unfortunately the Qatar buggy built by Damen Jeffries and driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah will not be able to continue after Stage 9. Nasser stopped just 4km short of the stage 9 finish with water pump and wheel bearing issues. Nasser stated “We will come again next year, very very strong”.
Cyril Despres was first off the line in todays stage and had a great battle in the special with Joan Barreda Bort. Despres lead the stage about half way until Barreda closed the gap and then was in the lead by 1 second 164 km into the special. By the finish Barreda took the stage win with Despres 00:01:15 behind.
American Kurt Caselli finished fifth in todays stage just behind Juan Pedro Garcia. Caselli is currently 36th overall.