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Dakar 2022: Henk/Bret sets pace for Toyota Gazoo Racing on stage 8 of Dakar

Challenging day sees Nasser/Mathieu lose 7min, remains in lead
Henk/Brett fastest of the TGR crews
De Villiers/Murphy claw back positions after Stage 7 setback
Shameer/Danie continue their good form

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel continue to lead the 2022 Dakar Rally, though the pair lost 7min 1sec to their nearest challengers on the tricky eighth stage of the race. The 395km timed section between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasir saw the race leaders start the stage with a worrying noise in the rear differential of their GR DKR Hilux T1+. While a later investigation revealed that the part was in no danger of failing, the crew elected to play it safe by backing off in the opening 200km of the stage.

The Qatari driver and his Andorran co-driver surrendered nearly 9min to their rivals at the mid-point but pulled back two minutes over the closing parts of the stage. This sees them leading the rally by 37min 58sec after eight stages, with four stages remaining in the race.

Henk Lategan and co-driver Brett Cummings also found the going tough in Stage 8, complaining of a under-performing damper on the left-hand side of the Hilux. They also suffered a puncture early in the stage, but despite this, they posted the 5th-fastest time on the day. They trailed the stage winners home by 3min 20sec, and are now in 35th place in the overall standings, 10hr 15min 29sec behind Nasser and Mathieu.

Stage 8 also brought challenges for the battle-weary Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy. The South Africans also fell foul to the rocks early on, puncturing one of the tyres on their Hilux, before continuing through the dunes. They struggled with the dampers on their car, however, with Giniel fighting for control throughout the stage. This made it impossible to attack, and they lost 9min as a result. Even so, they’ve moved up into 7th position in the overall standings, 1hr 56 min 5sec behind the lead. More importantly, they are within 15min of the Top 5, and will be aiming to break into that bracket before the end of the race.

Shameer Variawa and Danie Stassen continued their good form on Stage 8. The pair have been steadily improving over the course of the race, after a run of bad luck put a damper on their opening week. Stage 8 saw them post the 18th-fastest time, some 20min 43sec behind the stage winners. But the pair had decided early on not to risk a solid finish by pushing too hard in the tricky stage. Their strategy paid off, as they are now 14th in the overall standings, just 11min outside the Top 10.

Four stages remain in the 2022 Dakar Rally. Stage 9 will see the crews complete a looped stage, which starts and ends at the bivouac near Wadi Ad Dawasir. A liaison of 93km will take the crews from the bivouac to the start of the 287km-long stage, with another liaison of 111km bringing them back to the bivouac. Competitors can expect less sand during Stage 9, but the mountainous terrain and tricky navigation will ensure a tough test even without many dunes.

The 2022 Dakar Rally is the 44th edition of the iconic event, and features twelve competitive stages, with the final stages visiting bivouacs at Wadi Ad Dawasir and Bisha, before the convoy reaches the coastal city of Jeddah on Friday, January 14th.

QUOTES:

Glyn Hall, Team Principal: “Today was a real nail-biter for the team. We could see on the tracking that Nasser and Mathieu were nursing some sort of problem, but we weren’t sure what it was until they finished the stage. In the end, it was all good, but we had some worrying moments. Henk and Brett had a good stage, despite their challenges; as did Giniel and Dennis. And Shameer and Danie are simply hitting their stride, recording excellent finishes over the last few stages. We’re looking forward to the last four stages, though this race is definitely far from over.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “We had a problem right from the start today. We heard something wrong with the rear differential shortly after leaving the bivouac, but we had no choice but to start the stage with the noisy diff. We nursed the car through the first 200km, but pushed on a bit over the next 200km. We’re really lucky to have finished the stage, losing only 7min in the process.”

Shameer Variawa: “We had a good stage, but we definitely still had some more pace in reserve. But once we reached the decontrol mid-stage, we managed to gauge our performance against the crews around us, and since we’re really aiming to get into the Top 10, rather than posting exceptional stage times, we decided to back off just a bit, in order to ensure that we made it to the finish. When we finished the stage, we were delighted to find that we’d moved up to 14th in the overall standings, and if we manage to perform consistently over the remaining stages, a Top 10 position is certainly on the cards.”

Giniel de Villiers: “This was definitely the toughest stage of the rally so far, especially the first 200km. The dunes were really soft and not easy to cross, but the Hilux is really good in the dunes, so we had no problems there. However, we seem to be having some issues with the dampers, as it was almost impossible for me to keep the car on the road. We’ll have a look in the bivouac and see if we can find the cause, but even without the damper problems, this was by far the most difficult stage so far. We also had a puncture early on, but in the end, it was really the dampers that stopped us from attacking.”

Henk Lategan: “A really tough day, and probably the most difficult of the rally so far. We had a puncture early in the stage, while traversing a rocky section. After that it was straight into the dunes, which were really big and flowing. However, something didn’t feel quite right with the left-hand side of the car, and we backed off a bit. In the end, we managed to find all the waypoints and recorded the 5th-fastest time, so not a bad day for us.”

 

Source Toyota Gazoo Racing

Dakar 2022: Eighth stage: It does not happen by itself

In the eighth stage of the Dakar 2022, Gert Huzink seemed to be doing good business with a nice top ten classification. Until the neutralization, halfway through the route, everything went according to plan, but later the Riwald Dakar Team driver lost a number of places due to technical problems. In the end, the Renault C460 Hybrid truck crossed the finish line in 17th place. Pascal de Baar stayed out of trouble and came in 14th.

The crew of the Riwald Hybrid Renault truck with start number 516 had a rough day. Gert Huzink: “It was a very tough stage today, with fast paths and huge, loose and high dunes. We got through it well, although I was not completely happy with it. Sometimes we had to take another run-up to get to the top and that takes time. During the neutralization, the loss of time was not too bad, but then we also saw that we had a flat tire. We changed them after the break. Then we went into the sandy slopes. That all went well, but then the temperature of the truck rose to 110 degrees. We immediately stopped, topped up with water and checked everything, but we didn't find anything crazy.” The men then continued, but then the temperature rose even further, to 129 degrees! Gert: “We then stopped again to check everything, but we concluded that it was probably a broken sensor. However, the system put the engine in sort of a safe mode, which left us with only 40% power. As a result, we fell behind. It's a shame, because we started so well, and I would have liked to catch up a bit further on a few predecessors. Unfortunately, that was not the case today.”

Pascal 'A real Dakar day'

For Pascal de Baar, the day passed without technical problems, but he was unable to take advantage of it. “This was really one of those days you hope for an entire year, but once you're in it you wonder if you haven't completely fell off the goose board,” is how the sometimes inimitable De Baar describes the day together. “It actually started after a few kilometres with dunes, very thick dunes and so soft that I immediately got the T-shirt wet. About five of us were fighting until neutralization in the middle of the day. We walked through it very nicely, but along the way we saw a lot of competitors stuck. Iveco’s, Tatras, the Hino and Renault Trucks, but luckily we didn't.” After the neutralization Gert Huzink drove away 10 minutes ahead of us, but he had also started earlier. The course had meanwhile changed into dunes with fords and beautiful rock formations that alternated. If I have even a little time on the road, I try to enjoy it. On the flat terrain, the Iveco’s simply drove away from us. Super frustrating, but nothing you can do about it. So, persevering with the knife between the teeth, and that resulted in a 14th place at the finish. Unfortunately, Gert was not finished yet, but we didn't see him on the way either. So, we just drove to the bivouac where Gert came in later.”

In the general classification, Gert Huzink is currently 14th more than 7 hours behind the leader in the classification, Dimitry Sotnikov. Pascal de Baar is 18th, almost 12.5 hours behind. Best Dutchman at the moment is still Janus van Kasteren, followed by Martin van den Brink.

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Dakar 2022:Seth Quintero grabs eighth stage win of 2022 Dakar Rally, and he’s hungry for more!

 A 394km timed special stage between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad-Dawasir was the scene of the latest triumph for Seth Quintero (USA). The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team driver picked up his eighth stage win in the T3 category as he chases down a long standing Dakar Rally record.

“Today went great. We really feel no pressure, so we’re just out there having a good time and today went well for us. We knew that there was going to be a lot of sand and a lot of dunes and that’s where I feel the most comfortable, in the dunes.” – Seth Quintero

Ever since suffering significant time losses on Stage 2, 19-year-old Quintero and co-driver Dennis Zenz (GER) have readjusted their targets for this rally. When fighting for the overall win was no longer an option, the duo decided to go for as many stage wins as they could in their OT3.

“We’re really having a good time and hoping to break that record. We’re one step closer. That’s number eight, I said yesterday it’s mind-blowing that we can win eight out of nine Dakar stages and still not be in the match for the overall.” – Seth Quintero

The record for stage wins at a single Dakar is held by Pierre Lartigue (FRA) who won 10 stages at the 1994 edition, which was 17 stages long. Quintero now has eight stage wins with four stages remaining at this Dakar. In addition to this, Quintero already has a stage win percent at this Dakar of 66%, compared with Lartigue’s 58% win ratio in 1994.

 

Quintero’s team-mate Cristina Gutiérrez (ESP) started Stage 8 third overall in the Dakar’s T3 category. Unfortunately the Spaniard and co-driver François Calazet (FRA) had to deal with a capricious injector from the start of the stage and spent the day trying to limit the damage and time loss. Considering the disadvantage of running on two cylinders across Category III dunes like today, the crew did a fantastic job. The reasons and causes for the engine trouble are still under investigation by the team.

Gutiérrez had slipped back to sixth overall by the time she brought her OT3 to the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac. However, last year’s winner of the T3 category of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies is made of strong stuff. Gutiérrez will be out to reclaim her podium spot on the remaining four stages in Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 Dakar Rally will finish in Jeddah on January 14.
LIGHTWEIGHT PROTOTYPE (T3) STAGE 8 RANKINGS
1. S. QUINTERO (USA)/D. ZENZ (GER) OT3 4:17:14
2. S. ERIKSSON (SWE)/W. ROSEGAAR (NLD) CAN-AM +11:57
3. P. LEBEDEV (RUS)/K. SHUBIN (RAF) CAN-AM +12:32

Source Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team
Photo Flavien Duhamel / Red Bull Content Pool

Dakar 2022: Another good performance for Cinotto-Bertoldi CST Polaris Xtremeplus Team

 

The 8th stage continues the exploration of southern Saudi Arabia with the big dunes level 3 on the menu.

The first 200 kilometers of the special was nothing but sand and dunes as far as the eye can see, with the competitors jumping from one valley to another. The landscapes changed towards the end with more fast tracks. All in all, it was a very challenging day with 434 kms of liaison and 394 kms of timed section.

The young duo Cinotto-Bertoldi of the CST Polaris Xtremeplus team showed a good pace despite a mechanical issue. They finished 20th in the stage and they gained one position in the overall (P20).

“The first part of the dunes was amazing. I think it was the first time we tackled the dunes level 3 and the sand really soft. We had a small issue with the brakes and we stopped to fix them. It took is 15 minutes and then we continued on the fast tracks”, said Pietro Cinotto.

It was another good day for Jean Claude and Jerome Pla, 22nd in the stage and in the overall. The progression that the French Family is doing is really impressive considered that they are in their rookie year.
“It was a long day but beautiful. We also stopped to tow another vehicle, but this is part of the spirit of the Dakar. Regarding navigations, it went quiet smooth”, said Pla sr.

Started 28th Cinotto and Dominella – CST Polaris Xtremeplus Team, finished in P33 and they are currently 39th in the overall. “It was a long stage, especially because we struggled with the power of the car. Anyway, the most important thing is that we finished and tomorrow we are ready to continue this adventure”, said Cinotto sr.

It was a long day also for Shinsuke Umeda, still in the stage as we post this press release

SS8 stage result (SSV Category):

Pietro Cinotto P 20
Michele Cinotto P 33
Jean-Claude Pla P 22
Shinsuke Umeda

General Standing (SSV Category):

Pietro Cinotto P 20
Jean Claude Pla P 22
Michele Cinotto P 38
Shinsuke Umeda

Source Xtremeplus

Dakar 2022: Ekström claims maiden Dakar Rally stage victory over longest race day

Swede and T3 racer Quintero win Stage 8 as Sunderland reclaims lead.

Mattias Ekström claimed his maiden Dakar Rally stage win at Monday's Stage 8 in his Audi RS Q e-tron as Briton Sam Sunderland reclaimed the bike lead with victory and teenager Seth Quintero moved one step closer to making Dakar history. Here is all you need to know:
- The 2022 Dakar Rally convoy were plunged into a 200km chain of desert dunes at the beginning of Stage 8 as navigation challenges came thick and fast on the day, which ended up measuring 394km.
- With 434km of liaison to be covered, it was the longest day of the world's toughest rally making it an extra special maiden Dakar stage win for Sweden's Ekström and compatriot co-driver Emil Bergkvist.
- The timed special stage between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad-Dawasir gave the Audi RS Q e-tron a second stage win of its fledgling Dakar career with Audi Sport's positive second week continuing thanks to fine Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and Carlos Sainz (ESP) displays.
- Sébastien Loeb (FRA) had led the stage at various points, but had to settle for the day's third fastest time bringing him seven minutes closer to car race leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) with Polish off-roader Kuba Przygoński now up to fourth as he seeks his first overall podium.
- American Quintero of the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team wants to break the record of the most stage wins in a single edition – currently standing at 10 - and he duly picked up his eighth T3 stage victory.
- Leading overall is Chaleco Lopez (CHL) who is on to do the side-by-side double, after winning the T4 race last year, however Cristina Gutiérrez (ESP) lost over two hours due to mechanical problems.
- Back to record breakers, Team Kamaz Master completed yet another 1-2-3 result on Stage 8 for the sixth time this edition as leader Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS) won his third stage of the rally to extend his advantage over team-mates Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) in second and Anton Shibalov (RUS) in third.
- After dropping down to fourth, GasGas Factory's Sam Sunderland (GBR) reclaimed the bike lead by going hard on the throttle to win and open up a 3m45s gap to Austrian Matthias Walkner with fellow KTM Factory riders Kevin Benavides (ARG) and Toby Price (AUS) sixth and ninth overall.
- Slovakian Štefan Svitko is the highest placed 'privateer' biker in eighth overall, while Camille Chapelière (FRA) ranks third amongst Rally2 competitors with Tuesday's Stage 9 a 287km loop around the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac featuring a mass of challenging mountains and canyons.

QUOTES

Mattias Ekström: "I was careful in the dunes, maybe a bit too slow. After that we felt more confident with the track. I enjoyed the ride and Emil did fantastic navigation the whole stage."
Stéphane Peterhansel: "We broke the bonnet while jumping the dunes so it was necessary to stop and get that fixed. It is a pleasure to drive this car and we are all working hard to improve the performance."
Carlos Sainz: "It was a really good day for Audi with the victory of Mattias. Stéphane came second and I nearly missed third place by three seconds. Considering I had two slow punctures I think our time was good."
Sébastien Loeb: "We pushed really hard from the start until the end. We wanted to stay ahead and not have Nasser following. We had one puncture and changed the wheel quickly. Then we lost our last spare wheel, so I controlled things after that. I think we still did a good stage."
Nasser Al-Attiyah: "We only had front wheel drive for the last 350km of the stage. I was scared we would get more problems but then decided to push for the last 50km."
Seth Quintero: "Today went great. We really feel no pressure, so we’re just out there having a good time and today went well for us."
Chaleco Lopez: "I didn't lose any time today, but the race is still long. It was not easy today: even if I didn't have any problems, there were a lot of dunes and stones, so I'm happy to have finished."
Sam Sunderland: "I gave my all throughout the entire stage and tried to recuperate some time. I had a few crashes in the dunes when I was perhaps pushing a bit too much. It looks like the race is really close this year, so that makes it exciting for people watching at home."
Kevin Benavides: "It was another really good day for me. I've been working so hard to recover the time that was lost on the first stage. I stay motivated because everything is still possible, this is the Dakar."
Mohammed Jaffar: "I had the perfect stage today. On the previous stages I always had some problem like a penalty or a missed waypoint. Today I made zero mistakes so I guess I must be improving."

2022 Dakar Rally Standings after Stage 8

CAR RACE TOP 5

1. N. AL-ATTIYAH (QAT) TOYOTA 27:45:52
2. S. LOEB (FRA) BRX +37:58
3. Y. AL RAJHI (SAU) TOYOTA +53:13
4. K. PRZYGONSKI (POL) MINI +1:28:06
5. O. TERRANOVA (ARG) BRX +1:31:39

BIKE RACE TOP 5
1. S. SUNDERLAND (GBR) GAS GAS 27:38:42
2. M. WALKNER (AUT) KTM +03:45
3. A. VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA +04:43
4. P. QUINTANILLA (CHL) HONDA +05:30
5. J. BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA +14:38

TRUCK RACE TOP 5
1. D. SOTNIKOV (RUS) KAMAZ 30:02:36
2. E. NIKOLAEV (RUS) KAMAZ +11:25
3. A. SHIBALOV (RUS) KAMAZ +40:23
4. A. LOPRAIS (CZE) PRAGA +1:29:27
5. A. KARGINOV (RUS) KAMAZ +1:41:01

LIGHTWEIGHT PROTOTYPE (T3) TOP 5
1. F. LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) CAN-AM 32:51:39
2. S. ERIKSSON (SWE) CAN-AM +1:19:01
3. F. ALVAREZ (ESP) CAN-AM +2:55:30
4. S. NAVARRO (ESP) CAN-AM +4:50:24
5. P. LEBEDEV (RUS) CAN-AM +4:51:35

 

Source Red Bull
Photo: DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool

  Dakar 2022: Sunderland stops to reconquer, Ekström puts on a show

The 44th edition of the Dakar has sand as a major theme and the eighth stage was one of its most perfect examples. The 830 kilometres to be covered during the day led the caravan due south between Al Dawadimi and Wadi Ad Dawasir. It was again in the heart of the kingdom and in the Province of Riyadh that a second consecutive special measuring almost four-hundred kilometres awaited the competitors.

The menu consisted of 24% of the route in the dunes, which is the highest proportion since the beginning of the rally. Only the penultimate stage will have as large a percentage in store, which bodes well for those who like the suspense to be kept going until the day before the finish. Firstly, however, the day’s special commenced with the desertic Nafud as Surrah and its copious dunes, which some competitors had to attempt several times before conquering their summits, sometimes at altitudes of more than 1000 metres.

This required significant skill for crossing the dunes, in which Audi driver Mattias Ekström remained cautious on his first experience of the Dakar, whilst “Mister Dakar” ripped off his bonnet after smashing down on one of the sandy monsters. This demanding first part against the clock then gave way to a complete change in scenery. Rocks and canyons were the watchwords in a mineral labyrinth liable to throw up traps into which fell the openers, namely Cornejo – by no means a novice in navigation – and Barreda. All the symbolic elements of the Dakar were present: distance, dunes and navigation.

Outlines

The tension is mounting as the closing stages approach, especially in the close fought battle in the bike category. Tipped off the throne on top of the general rankings by Adrien Van Beveren, Sam Sunderland did not let his brother-in-law enjoy this privilege for more than a day.
The winner of the Dakar in 2017 set out to recapture the lead and achieved the day’s best time to regain the summit of the race’s hierarchy, whilst the French Yamaha rider, hindered by a broken automatic scroller on his roadbook, also saw Austrian Matthias Walkner overtake him. In 3rd position, 4’43’’ behind Sunderland, Adrien Van Beveren can still aim high, but must also keep an eye on his rear-view mirrors, in which the Honda riders will look very threatening, particularly Pablo Quintanilla who is only 47’’ behind.

There is a clearer horizon in the quad category because Alexandre Giroud has pushed Pablo Copetti back to more than half an hour behind him by winning his second special of the year. Nasser Al-Attiyah’s breathing space is even more comfortable, but he might now be sleeping slightly less easily.

Firstly, because his nearest pursuer is called Sébastien Loeb, who is the kind of man who does not give up. Even when driving conservatively after a puncture and then a lost spare wheel (see “Quote of the day”), the Frenchman still managed to regain seven minutes on the leader. Secondly, the Qatari is not safe from a mishap himself, as illustrated today when he received a major fright due to a broken rear transmission forcing him to finish the stage with two-wheel drive. This is a timely warning to the race leader and he will no doubt have in mind that the Audis will make life much more difficult for him next year. The three RS Q e-tron can no longer bother him in the general rankings but were driven into three of the top four places on the day’s stage, led by Mattias Ekström (see “Performance of the day”).

Similar worries to Al-Attiyah’s could trouble “Chaleco” López, who is streets ahead of the rest in the race for victory among the T3s (with a lead of 1 hour and 20 minutes over Sebastian Eriksson) but remains unperturbed by Seth Quintero gobbling up most of the specials on the Dakar 2022: eight out of nine so far, with the record in his sights!

There is everything left to play for in the SSV category, where another American is dominating. However, Austin Jones only possesses a lead of 6’38’’ over his South Racing team-mate Gerard Farrés, and barely a quarter of an hour over the youngest of the Goczał brothers, namely Michał. The eldest brother, Marek, is tasking himself with hoovering up the stage victories and won for the fourth time this year today. In the truck race, the Kamaz team took the top four places. With three stage successes to his name, Dmitry Sotnikov has extended his lead at the top of the general rankings to 11’25’’ ahead of Eduard Nikolaev.

Performance of the day

Four days after Henk Lategan’s consecration, the Dakar has welcomed another stage winner to its roll of honour and the 93rd in the race’s history. Before starting the 2022 edition, Mattias Ekström, like his rival at Toyota, had only experienced the Dakar once previously, which he also prematurely exited before the final finishing line. However, the comparison ends there because the Swedish driver first tried his hand at the T3 category, whilst the South African was already driving a Toyota Hilux. What’s more, in Wadi Ad Dawasir, Ekström’s success is the symbol of a technological revolution.
The RS Q e-tron designed by Audi had already displayed its performance capabilities when driven to triumph by stage success collector Carlos Sainz on special number 3. Today, the former rally-cross world champion (in 2016) triumphed with the honour of leading a high-level collective performance as the Dakar came very close to celebrating a 100% Audi podium, with Peterhansel finishing 2nd and Sébastien Loeb depriving Sainz of 3rd place by just three seconds.
Beyond the anecdotal, team boss Sven Quandt may instruct Mattias Ekström to dial back the desire to hunt success on the specials, bearing in mind that the Swede is the best placed representative of the four-ringed brand. Currently 11th in the general rankings, he is only nine minutes outside the top 10, which is a fine objective for the first outing of a 4x4 with a hybrid engine on the Dakar.

Crushing blow

During the 221 edition, she caused a sensation by becoming the first woman to win a stage on the Dakar since Jutta Kleinschmidt in 2005. Cristina Gutiérrez confirmed her prowess later in that year by winning the T3 rally-raid world cup. As a result, she logically featured among the favourites at the start of the rally on 1st January, alongside her faithful co-pilot François Cazalet.

Immediately at the forefront of the race, she soon came unstuck on stage 3 due to a technical problem that cost her 1 hour and 30 minutes. She was not rattled though – it would take more than that to put her off. After two fourth place finishes on the following brace of specials, Gutiérrez returned to the podium on stages 6 and 7 in second place both times.

These results even allowed her to commence the day in third position in the general rankings, admittedly two hours behind the leader, but with genuine hopes of the overall top 3… However, another mechanical problem put paid to these ambitions after 50 km of the day’s special. The Red Bull duo managed to find a solution and resume the race, but at a big cost: 3 hours trickled away into the sand.

The Spaniard and the Frenchman can most probably kiss their hopes of a final podium finish goodbye, but in the Dakar, it is never over until it really is over… After all, they are only 2 hours from the third step on the podium, now occupied by another Franco-Spanish duo, Fernando Alvarez-Xavier Panseri, and today’s stage has shown that all it needs is one special to undo all the good work…

Source Dakar/ASO
ASO/Charly Lopez

Dakar 2022: Laundry day in the Middle East

 

Today was figuratively 'Monday wash day' in the Dakar Rally. The participants in the truck category had their ears washed so to speak. Janus van Kasteren recovered well from Sunday's crash. But the men of Kamaz had no measure today.
Ignacio Casale became the first non-Kamaz rider in fifth place. The Chilean in the Tatra had to give in for more than 20 minutes after 395 kilometers.

Janus van Kasteren was the best Dutchman in eighth place today. The Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco driver was 34 minutes and 19 seconds behind winner Dmitry Sotnikov. For Vick Versteijnen and Martin van den Brink it was a day to forget. They finished (at almost 50 minutes) in eleventh and twelfth place respectively. Mitchel van den Brink drove a great special and came in thirteenth. Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco's fast assistant completed another solid stage. The constant performance results in a twelfth position in the standings for the time being.
The monster stage counted a total of more than 800 kilometers. In addition to 435 kilometers of liaison, 395 arduous kilometers were waiting in the south of Saudi Arabia.

For Martin van den Brink, the story for today was soon over. “We got off to a good start. But after 20 kilometers the tire inflation system turned out to be broken. There was a malfunction in the system and then it is unusable.” For Van den Brink and his men, that meant work to be done. "We kept having to get out of the truck to manually change the tire pressure. That takes a lot of time. In the remainder we continued to drive at a pressure of 2 bar. You also lose time with that. That explains our loss of this day," said the disappointed driver of Mammoet Rallysport Team De Rooy Iveco. "We were looking forward to it after yesterday's third place. It was also a wonderful special with beautiful dunes. Unfortunately, just like yesterday, the system broke down. The service team replaced the complete system last night. But unfortunately the problem came back today.” For Van den Brink, Peter Willemsen and Bernard der Kinderen there is nothing left but to hope that the technical people of Team De Rooy can tackle the problem tonight. "We were able to keep up with the Kamaz drivers in front of us in the first part. We hope for a better result tomorrow."
Van den Brink is seventh in the general classification after the eighth stage. The gap on defending champion Sotnikov rose to almost 2 hours and 50 minutes.


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Janus van Kasteren is just placed in front of Martin van den Brink. The pilot from Veldhoven recovered well from Sunday's nasty crash. However, eighth place was the maximum achievable for today. "It was a real Dakar day with lots of sand and high dunes. We may be a few horsepower short in this area. We also had to start further back today and that doesn't make it any easier."

Moreover, Van Kasteren and his companions in the cabin, Marcel Snijders and Darek Rodewald, had to change two tires. Of course, that also takes time. In itself it went well. We have a problem with the tire deflation system on our trucks. I don't think that's easy to fix. We have to take it as it is," said the number six in the general classification before he could start the long road to the bivouac.

Vick Versteijnen looked back on today with mixed feelings. "It was a nice special Lots of variety with fast tracks, canyons and high dunes. The highest dunes so far. Unfortunately, the tire inflation system also failed us. Despite that, we got through it pretty well. Unfortunately we had to turn on a high dune and try again to go up. All this while driving behind Janus. That was difficult, but then we were able to pick it up again."

As a rally driver, Vick had enjoyed the special. "A lot of fast tracks and canyons. It actually went really well. We got stuck twice in a riverbed, partly due to the faltering tire system. We lost a total of 20 to 25 minutes. Without those problems it really would have been a perfect day. We enjoyed it but it could have been better without the mentioned setback. Hopefully we can find a solution tonight," said the enthusiastic rally driver from Hilvarenbeek, who finds his formation eighth in the general classification after the eighth stage. Vick Versteijnen, Teun van Dal and Randy Smits are four hours behind the list leader.

The ninth stage counts 287 kilometers against the clock. In addition, there is a liaison of 204 kilometers. The start and finish is in Wadi Ad Dawasir. The participants go into the mountains and have to deal with riverbeds. In the last part, navigation plays an important role.

 

Source Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco

Dakar 2022: 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭

Van Kasteren recovers weill in eighth place

Today was figuratively 'Monday wash day' in the Dakar Rally. The participants in the truck category had their ears washed so to speak. Janus van Kasteren recovered well from Sunday's crash. But the men of Kamaz had no measure today.
Ignacio Casale became the first non-Kamaz rider in fifth place. The Chilean in the Tatra had to give in for more than 20 minutes after 395 kilometers.

Janus van Kasteren was the best Dutchman in eighth place today. The Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco driver was 34 minutes and 19 seconds behind winner Dmitry Sotnikov. For Vick Versteijnen and Martin van den Brink it was a day to forget. They finished (at almost 50 minutes) in eleventh and twelfth place respectively. Mitchel van den Brink drove a great special and came in thirteenth. Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco's fast assistant completed another solid stage. The constant performance results in a twelfth position in the standings for the time being.
The monster stage counted a total of more than 800 kilometers. In addition to 435 kilometers of liaison, 395 arduous kilometers were waiting in the south of Saudi Arabia.

For Martin van den Brink, the story for today was soon over. “We got off to a good start. But after 20 kilometers the tire inflation system turned out to be broken. There was a malfunction in the system and then it is unusable.” For Van den Brink and his men, that meant work to be done. "We kept having to get out of the truck to manually change the tire pressure. That takes a lot of time. In the remainder we continued to drive at a pressure of 2 bar. You also lose time with that. That explains our loss of this day," said the disappointed driver of Mammoet Rallysport Team De Rooy Iveco.

"We were looking forward to it after yesterday's third place. It was also a wonderful special with beautiful dunes. Unfortunately, just like yesterday, the system broke down. The service team replaced the complete system last night. But unfortunately the problem came back today.” For Van den Brink, Peter Willemsen and Bernard der Kinderen there is nothing left but to hope that the technical people of Team De Rooy can tackle the problem tonight. "We were able to keep up with the Kamaz drivers in front of us in the first part. We hope for a better result tomorrow."
Van den Brink is seventh in the general classification after the eighth stage. The gap on defending champion Sotnikov rose to almost 2 hours and 50 minutes.


Janus van Kasteren is just placed in front of Martin van den Brink. The pilot from Veldhoven recovered well from Sunday's nasty crash. However, eighth place was the maximum achievable for today. "It was a real Dakar day with lots of sand and high dunes. We may be a few horsepower short in this area. We also had to start further back today and that doesn't make it any easier."

Moreover, Van Kasteren and his companions in the cabin, Marcel Snijders and Darek Rodewald, had to change two tires. Of course, that also takes time. In itself it went well. We have a problem with the tire deflation system on our trucks. I don't think that's easy to fix. We have to take it as it is," said the number six in the general classification before he could start the long road to the bivouac.

Vick Versteijnen looked back on today with mixed feelings. "It was a nice special Lots of variety with fast tracks, canyons and high dunes. The highest dunes so far. Unfortunately, the tire inflation system also failed us. Despite that, we got through it pretty well. Unfortunately we had to turn on a high dune and try again to go up. All this while driving behind Janus. That was difficult, but then we were able to pick it up again."

As a rally driver, Vick had enjoyed the special. "A lot of fast tracks and canyons. It actually went really well. We got stuck twice in a riverbed, partly due to the faltering tire system. We lost a total of 20 to 25 minutes. Without those problems it really would have been a perfect day. We enjoyed it but it could have been better without the mentioned setback. Hopefully we can find a solution tonight," said the enthusiastic rally driver from Hilvarenbeek, who finds his formation eighth in the general classification after the eighth stage. Vick Versteijnen, Teun van Dal and Randy Smits are four hours behind the list leader.

The ninth stage counts 287 kilometers against the clock. In addition, there is a liaison of 204 kilometers. The start and finish is in Wadi Ad Dawasir. The participants go into the mountains and have to deal with riverbeds. In the last part, navigation plays an important role.

 

Source Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco

Dakar 2022: 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭

Van Kasteren recovers weill in eighth place

Today was figuratively 'Monday wash day' in the Dakar Rally. The participants in the truck category had their ears washed so to speak. Janus van Kasteren recovered well from Sunday's crash. But the men of Kamaz had no measure today.
Ignacio Casale became the first non-Kamaz rider in fifth place. The Chilean in the Tatra had to give in for more than 20 minutes after 395 kilometers.

Janus van Kasteren was the best Dutchman in eighth place today. The Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco driver was 34 minutes and 19 seconds behind winner Dmitry Sotnikov. For Vick Versteijnen and Martin van den Brink it was a day to forget. They finished (at almost 50 minutes) in eleventh and twelfth place respectively. Mitchel van den Brink drove a great special and came in thirteenth. Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco's fast assistant completed another solid stage. The constant performance results in a twelfth position in the standings for the time being.
The monster stage counted a total of more than 800 kilometers. In addition to 435 kilometers of liaison, 395 arduous kilometers were waiting in the south of Saudi Arabia.

For Martin van den Brink, the story for today was soon over. “We got off to a good start. But after 20 kilometers the tire inflation system turned out to be broken. There was a malfunction in the system and then it is unusable.” For Van den Brink and his men, that meant work to be done. "We kept having to get out of the truck to manually change the tire pressure. That takes a lot of time. In the remainder we continued to drive at a pressure of 2 bar. You also lose time with that. That explains our loss of this day," said the disappointed driver of Mammoet Rallysport Team De Rooy Iveco.

"We were looking forward to it after yesterday's third place. It was also a wonderful special with beautiful dunes. Unfortunately, just like yesterday, the system broke down. The service team replaced the complete system last night. But unfortunately the problem came back today.” For Van den Brink, Peter Willemsen and Bernard der Kinderen there is nothing left but to hope that the technical people of Team De Rooy can tackle the problem tonight. "We were able to keep up with the Kamaz drivers in front of us in the first part. We hope for a better result tomorrow."
Van den Brink is seventh in the general classification after the eighth stage. The gap on defending champion Sotnikov rose to almost 2 hours and 50 minutes.


Janus van Kasteren is just placed in front of Martin van den Brink. The pilot from Veldhoven recovered well from Sunday's nasty crash. However, eighth place was the maximum achievable for today. "It was a real Dakar day with lots of sand and high dunes. We may be a few horsepower short in this area. We also had to start further back today and that doesn't make it any easier."

Moreover, Van Kasteren and his companions in the cabin, Marcel Snijders and Darek Rodewald, had to change two tires. Of course, that also takes time. In itself it went well. We have a problem with the tire deflation system on our trucks. I don't think that's easy to fix. We have to take it as it is," said the number six in the general classification before he could start the long road to the bivouac.

Vick Versteijnen looked back on today with mixed feelings. "It was a nice special Lots of variety with fast tracks, canyons and high dunes. The highest dunes so far. Unfortunately, the tire inflation system also failed us. Despite that, we got through it pretty well. Unfortunately we had to turn on a high dune and try again to go up. All this while driving behind Janus. That was difficult, but then we were able to pick it up again."

As a rally driver, Vick had enjoyed the special. "A lot of fast tracks and canyons. It actually went really well. We got stuck twice in a riverbed, partly due to the faltering tire system. We lost a total of 20 to 25 minutes. Without those problems it really would have been a perfect day. We enjoyed it but it could have been better without the mentioned setback. Hopefully we can find a solution tonight," said the enthusiastic rally driver from Hilvarenbeek, who finds his formation eighth in the general classification after the eighth stage. Vick Versteijnen, Teun van Dal and Randy Smits are four hours behind the list leader.

The ninth stage counts 287 kilometers against the clock. In addition, there is a liaison of 204 kilometers. The start and finish is in Wadi Ad Dawasir. The participants go into the mountains and have to deal with riverbeds. In the last part, navigation plays an important role.

 

Source Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco

Dakar 2022: Tim and Tom Coronel out of the Dakar Rally 2022

Tim and Tom Coronel didn't started for the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally. Tim has too much trouble with his back, the brothers don’t think it’s responsible to drive. “Health comes first,” says Tom from the bivouac in Al Dawadimi.

Tim Coronel injured his back on Friday in the sixth stage. Intensive physiotherapy on the rest day seemed to help and yesterday the brothers started the seventh stage. That worked, but it wasn’t easy. This morning it turned out Tim’s back was worse. “He can barely walk,” says Tom. “He’s done the Dakar fifteen times now, I’ve done ten times. There will be another one next year.”

Source Coronel Dakar Team

Dakar 2022: Third-place finish for Matthias Walkner on Dakar stage eight

Matthias Walkner has finished as third quickest on the long 830-kilometer eighth stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, closing the gap on the provisional event leader who he trails by under four minutes. Toby Price enjoyed another solid stage, bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in sixth place. Kevin Benavides finished as 13th fastest with Danilo Petrucci 25th.

Today’s 395-kilometer special comprised a three-way mixture of sand, dirt, and dunes. With navigation proving less testing than on Sunday’s stage seven, times throughout the front runners were extremely close with the top eight separated by only 10 minutes after close to four hours of racing against the clock.

Making the best use of his later start position, Matthias Walkner pushed hard right from the beginning this morning and was soon working his way through the field. Using his skill and experience, the Austrian was able to successfully complete the stage as third fastest, just over four minutes behind current rally leader Sam Sunderland. Although he will set off near the front on Tuesday’s stage nine, Matthias will start six minutes behind Sunderland and will use the opportunity to chase down his rival and make up those valuable minutes.

Matthias Walkner: “Every day at the moment is critical because you can win or lose so much time on every stage. Thankfully today went well for me, I was able to push all the way from the back. I gave my all out there today – everything I had – so I’m pleased to come away with third place and close in on the overall leader again. There are four more days left to go and with things so close it is more important than ever to complete each stage without making any big mistakes. I’ll do my best to keep focused and concentrate on the days ahead.”

A sixth-place result on stage eight has moved Toby Price one place further up the provisional overall leaderboard to ninth, just over 30 minutes down on the leader. With times closing up at the top of the rankings, and four more long days left to race, the experienced Aussie knows that a podium result is still well within his reach. Earning another favorable start position, for tomorrow’s stage nine, Toby will be looking to further reduce that gap to the leaders and elevate himself higher in the overall standings.

Toby Price: “It wasn’t too bad today. I got through most of the stage pretty well, I did make a couple of mistakes, but it’s hard to be absolutely perfect out there. The liaisons from today have meant it’s been a really long day in the saddle. All-in-all the bike was really good though and I’m ready for another day.”

Setting off as the second rider into today’s special, Kevin Benavides was able to maintain a strong pace despite having to open much of the stage. A small technical issue with his KTM 450 RALLY caused the Argentinian to stop to make a couple of adjustments midway through the special, but he was soon back on track and pushing to make up time. Completing the stage in 13th, Kevin now lies in an impressive sixth overall in the rally standings and will be aiming to further reduce his 14-minutes-and 47-second deficit to the leader on Tuesday’s stage nine.

Kevin Benavides: “I’m really pleased with how I rode today. It’s a little frustrating that a small technical issue cost me some time but thankfully I was able to complete the stage in a good position. I did make a couple of small navigation mistakes too, but on the whole things went well. It’s encouraging that after losing so much time on the first stage I am well within the fight for the top positions, so I’ll stay motivated and do my best again tomorrow.”

Two days into the second week of his first ever Dakar Rally, Danilo Petrucci continues to impress with both his speed and consistency. The former MotoGP™ star was running well inside the top 20 throughout today’s special, only for a small error in the closing kilometers to cost him several minutes and drop him down the order. Happy with his riding, Petrucci now looks forward to tomorrow and another long day on the bike.

Danilo Petrucci: “I’m happy to get to the finish as it was a very, very long day today. From the start I tried to find a good solid rhythm and then attack when it was safe to do so. I was really pleased with my navigation but just towards the end, I found myself in the wrong canyon and I had to turn around to get back on track. It’s frustrating, but it also means I have a strong starting position for tomorrow.”

KTM-supported privateer Mason Klein put in another exceptional performance today, finishing the long stage as fifth fastest. The 20-year-old continues to impress on his debut Dakar with both his speed and impeccable navigation skills. Today’s result places the American 10th overall and as leading rookie.

Provisional Results Stage Eight (overall) – 2022 Dakar Rally

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GASGAS, 3:48:02
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 3:50:55 +2:53
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 3:52:13 +4:11
4. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 3:54:46 +6:44
5. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 3:56:10 +8:08
Other KTM
6. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:56:41 +8:39
13. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 4:03:04 +15:02
25. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), KTM, 4:11:56 +23:54

Provisional Standings – 2022 Dakar Rally after 8 of 12 stages

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GASGAS, 27:38:42
2. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 27:42:27 +3:45
3. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 27:43:25 +4:43
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 27:44:12 +5:30
5. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 27:53:20 +14:38
Other KTM
6. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 27:53:29 +14:47
9. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 28:11:12 +32:30
10. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 28:14:08 +35:26

Source KTM Factory Racing

Dakar 2022: Casale pushes like hell again, macháček stays put!

The main task of the longest 9th stage from Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad Dawasir (828 km / 394 km) was not to finish in the dark. The opening 200 kilometres had only dunes and sand. But it all changed at the very end of the stage…

Dunes, stones and lots of dust

As Josef Macháček predicted, it was all about handling the dunes, that were drying out throughout the time, and the driveability is going to get more complicated at later stages. “The organisers decided to test us right at the beginning when we faced really challenging dunes. But the end was fast and with rocks. Surprisingly, we didn’t have a puncture this time, and only had a faulty belt,” said the reigning champion about the stage, in which he finished in 7th place. “I’m just a bit annoyed about the hole in the floor because there’s sand coming at me. But it’s manageable. What was worse though, were the huge amount of dust that we faced every time when somebody passed us. Especially if it was a truck…”

In the end, the Dakar veteran came with an interesting theory, confirming his very good mood.

“The Can-Am is doing well, Pavel is working well, I’m the only weak link here. Tomorrow, we’re going to be fast again, and we’ll be getting even faster,” he added laughing.

By the way, the Spanish-French crew Alvarez – Panseri (Can-Am XRS) managed to take 3rd place in the standings, and it was Xavier Panseri who took place as a navigator to Aliyyah Koloc during the winning Hail International Rally before the Dakar. And he is being strongly considered by Buggyra for the 2023 Dakar Rally when Aliyyah and Yasmeen are going to debut at the competition.

 Ignacio attacks in full strength …

Considering the previous result, when Ignacio Casale made his way from 252nd place to 8th position, there was a slight optimism in the Buggyra team. And they were right about that feeling. The Tatra-Phoenix crew was beaten only by Kamaz specials.

“We had a great stage. It was very difficult for us all, as we put ourselves under pressure after yesterday’s result. But we’ve proven that we can be even better,”  said Ignacio after his most successful stage in Trucks.

“I’ve got to thank Alvaro and Tomáš, for their great work. The plan for tomorrow is simple – to attack, attack and attack. A difficult stage with a great result. In the beginning, we had dunes type 3, complicated ones, but the way Ignacio and Alvaro work together showed that we can do a very good result today. I was glad for such pace because I got a hit today and my back hurts, so I can’t wait to see a doctor. Originally I wanted to say that it can’t be any better, but then I realised that Ignacio will probably prove me wrong tomorrow again,”

added Tomáš Šikola.

 

Source: Buggyra Racing

 

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