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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Complete Results for Stage 3 can be found on the ASO website.
Stage 3 Car Results:
|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:
|1||007||LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL)||KTM||002:37:54||00:00:00|
|7||013||FARRES GUELL (ESP)||HONDA||002:44:52||00:06:58||00:00:00|