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Dakar 2013 – Stage 3 – Al-Attiyah Takes The Stage Win With Gordon Making Up Valuable Time

The Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah has won the third special of the 2013 Dakar.  Nasser had a very strong finish even with his two minute stop to help his Qatar Toyo Tires teammate Carlos Sainz who lost time with an electrical issue. Both Nasser and Carlos’ buggies were built in California by Damen Jeffries.  Some speculated whether the Jeffries built buggies were up for the Dakar but they look to be doing a great job so far.

Robby Gordon charging the dunes in his Hummer during Stage 3 of the 2013 Dakar Rally
Robby Gordon charging the dunes in his Hummer during Stage 3 of the 2013 Dakar Rally

Robby Gordon made up precious time today in his Toyo Tires Hummer and came in second place, 1:18 behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.  Robby “It was a good day for us.  We needed a good day.  We struggled the first two days, the first day was my fault and we had navigational issues the second day.  The object for every day is to win.”  After Stage 2 Robby was 00:54:25 behind the overall leader and now he sits 00:46:47 after his second place Stage 3 finish.  Some of the front runners such as Giniel De Villiers and Chabot lost time today which is good news for Robby who has allot of time to make up.

Carlos Sainz falls back to 5th overall after having electrical trouble in Stage 3.

Although Carlos Sainz was given the Stage 2 win and was leading overall after the race officials decided to deduct the time lost while looking for a waypoint with a malfunctioning GPS, Stéphane Peterhansel came in third for todays stage and now leads overall for the cars.  Sainz electrical issues put him back to fifth overall, 00:21:30 behind the leader.

Peterhansel is the new overall leader after Stage 3.
Peterhansel is the new overall leader after Stage 3.

Mini All4 Racing’s Polish driver Krzysztof Hołowczyc and his Portuguese navigator Filipe Palmeiro jumped a dune crest and landed hard around km 40 of the special. After, Krzysztof complainded about back and rib pains and he was immediately assisted by the rescue team and taken to the local Hospital of Nazca.  Palmeiro drove the car to the bivouac and unfortunately this has ended the Dakar for Holowczyc and Palmeiro.

Cyril Despres is now the overall leader after Stage 3

For the bikes, Cyril Despres took the overall lead after his 3rd place finish in Stage 3 of the rally.  Despres leads Francisco López by a margin of 00:02:51.

Joan Barreda Bort and Matt Fish started up front taking on the role as trailblazers which cost them allot of precious time.  Barreda Bort fell to 18th overall and Fish into 31st place.  Very disappointing for the riders who were in 1st and 6th places overall after Stage 2.

America’s Kurt Casselli fell from 11th to 19th overall, 00:20:30 behind Despres.  And Johnny Campbell had a mechanical issue in todays stage which cost him a tremendous amount of time.  Campbell is now 146th place and 04:30:44 behind the leader.

Johnny Campbell during Stage 3

Complete Results for Stage 3 can be found on the ASO website.

Stage 3 Car Results:

Pos. Name Make Time Variation Penalty
1 300 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), CRUZ (ESP) BUGGY 002:30:14 00:00:00
2 315 GORDON (USA), WALCH (USA) HUMMER 002:31:32 00:01:18 00:00:00
3 302 PETERHANSEL (CHE), COTTRET (FRA) MINI 002:34:06 00:03:52 00:00:00
4 306 ALVAREZ (ARG), GRAUE (ARG) TOYOTA 002:39:50 00:09:36 00:00:00
5 305 ROMA (ESP), PÉRIN (FRA) MINI 002:42:34 00:12:20 00:00:00
6 307 NOVITSKIY (RUS), ZHILTSOV (RUS) MINI 002:45:43 00:15:29 00:00:00
7 309 CHICHERIT (FRA), GARCIN (FRA) SMG 002:46:29 00:16:15 00:00:00
8 348 GADASIN (RUS), KUZMICH (RUS) G-FORCE PROTO 002:53:39 00:23:25 00:00:00
9 318 LAVIEILLE (FRA), POLATO (FRA) DESSOUDE 002:54:59 00:24:45 00:00:00
10 321 ERRANDONEA (AND), DEBRON (FRA) SMG 002:55:23 00:25:09 00:00:00


Stage 3 Bike Results:

Pos. Name Make Time Variation Penalty
1 007 LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) KTM 002:37:54 00:00:00
2 020 GONÇALVES (PRT) HUSQVARNA 002:39:02 00:01:08 00:00:00
3 001 DESPRES (FRA) KTM 002:42:02 00:04:08 00:00:00
4 017 BOTTURI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 002:42:59 00:05:05 00:00:00
5 018 PRZYGONSKI (POL) KTM 002:43:14 00:05:20 00:00:00
6 026 GOUET (CHL) HONDA 002:44:29 00:06:35 00:00:00
7 013 FARRES GUELL (ESP) HONDA 002:44:52 00:06:58 00:00:00
8 015 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 002:45:16 00:07:22 00:00:00
9 009 PAIN (FRA) YAMAHA 002:45:22 00:07:28 00:00:00
10 030 PIZZOLITO (ARG) HONDA 002:45:33 00:07:39 00:00:0


  • T
    Thomas Engrav
  • January 7, 2013
  • B
  • January 7, 2013
Time to leave the bugglies and minis in the dust tomorrow!
  • E
    Eric Fandrich
  • January 7, 2013
Now time to PUNT Nasser out of the way with the chome horn and go after that victory!
  • R
  • January 7, 2013
great day for robby tomorrow will be even better. its speed energy time!!!
  • T
  • January 7, 2013
RG making up time! He will give Nasser's Bugly a nerf tomorrow, starting so close.
  • S
  • January 8, 2013
RG has so much time to make up it will be hard. Flat out no reason not to be now. can move up fast, just takes breaks, stuck and lost.
  • J
  • January 8, 2013
Reeling them in one at a time... Go Get Them Robby!
  • R
  • January 8, 2013
he rolled it today in stage 4 not at high speed though they got back up n moving after awhile. sad day for rgm at the dakar :( time to keep positive keep team america in our prayers and hopefully we can at least just win some stages!
  • A
  • January 9, 2013
RG he's fast...but just showtime (high ego)...got few winnings in baja, i dont think he can win the dakar this year...good look RG