“The new car was awesome”
The Montreal-based Aldo Racing team achieved its goals in the three-day Baja Aragon Rally Raid this past weekend in central Spain, running their brand new Desert Warrior 3 racer over 700km of rock strewn desert trails.
The official FIA preview of this weekend’s Belgian grand prix overlooked arguably the most famous moment of Eliseo Salazar’s career.
Chilean Salazar, who will make his debut as the driver steward at Spa Francorchamps, contested races for minor F1 teams between 1981 and 1983, and also tasted action at the Indy 500, Le Mans, Daytona, Dakar and world rally.
Grand slam for the Despres team and consecration for Sainz
Cyril Despres wins his third Dakar in Buenos Aires after a last stage won by his support rider Ruben Faria. In the car category, Carlos Sainz gets his first Dakar victory after resisting the ultimate attack by Al Attiyah, who wins the last stage for just 36’’.
796 km are on the menu for the 12th stage
The longest on this 32nd Dakar, including a 476-km timed section. The distinctive feature of this special is the ‘neutralised’ part between the 204-km and 334-km points, where the competitors will have to return to the tarmac to pass through a listed natural site.
434 km are on the menu for the 11th stage of this 32nd Dakar
The competitors will leave Chile and return to Argentina, where the 220-km timed section will take place. They will cross the border at an altitude of 3500 m, ever so slightly higher than the point at which starter’s orders for the special will be given.
354 km, but with a timed section of only 170, are on the menu for the 9th stage
Indeed, alerted by the presence over the last few days of significant amounts of fog during the morning at Copiapo, the organisers have announced that they will be postponing the start times for the 9th special stage (11.00, instead of 7.15) and will shorten the route in order to avoid stragglers arriving too late at the bivouac in La Serena.
Coma still on a mission;”Peter” for glory
The many navigation mistakes of his contenders allowed Marc Coma to finish with the best time of the day in the bike category and to move up four places in the overall standings. Moreover Italian rider Luca Manca, who was ranking ninth this morning in the overall standings, had to be evacuated from the track after a very serious fall in the early hours of the stage.
Four of the Race Touareg are in the day’s Top 5
In the cars category, Volkswagen is putting its cards on the table with Nasser Al Attiyah, who achieved both best clock and nr.1 position in the standings. The day’s special stage goes to David Frétigné, who gets his eighth stage victory in a Dakar finishing 43’’ ahead of David Casteu, who still remains leader in the overall standings.
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