|Dakar Rally 2013: Overdrive Toyota quartet now from 11th - 18th positions.|
Only 102 cars began the 10th stage across Argentina from Cordoba to La Rioja over more traditional WRC terrain and through the Vila Carlos Paz region, where rocks, dust, deceptive corners and hilly ascents and descent were prevalent.
The bikes and the quads rode across a slightly different special stage but both specials featured tricky navigation and numerous parallel trails to catch out the unwary.
The Overdrive Racing quartet of Geoff Olholm, Adam Malayz, Lucio Alvarez and Nunzio Coffaro enoyed a successful 10th special stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally between Cordoba and La Rioja in Argentina on Tuesday.
Alvarez and Olholm set the sixth and 12th fastest times; Olholm climbed to 11th overall as a result and displaced Chile’s Boris Garafulic, while Alvarez moved in front of Frenchman Christian Laveille into 15th.
Former front-runner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah had retired with water pump failure on the previous stage but Toyota Imperial Team driver Giniel de Villiers and his German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz lined up fifth on the road and 49:31 minutes behind Stéphane Peterhansel and now trail the Frenchman by 52:38 mins.
"It was a relatively quiet day today by our standards but tomorrow we head to the dunes in Fiambalá," said De Villiers. "We lost a little time in the dust today but we managed to make our hold on second place a little stronger."
The Overdrive Racing duo of Australian Geoff Olholm and British co-driver Jonathon Aston began the day in 12th overall in the Cairns Coconut Resort-supported Toyota Hilux and the 12th quickest time ensured that they move up to a fine 11th.
Alvarez and co-driver Ronnie Graue completed the special in sixth position, sandwiched between Robbie Gordon and Matthias Kahle, and they moved up to 15th overall.
Former ski jump champion Adam Malysz and co-driver Rafal Marton were classified 14th at the start of the day, but lost time on the special and were classified in 20th at the finish. They remain 14th in the general classification.
The Venezuelan pairing of Nunzio Coffaro and Daniel Meneses had slipped to 17th on the ninth stage in their Team Azimut Toyota and fell behind Russia’s Vladimir Vasilyev to 18th on the 10th stage
2013/01/16 | 16:23 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PERKINS