|Dakar Rally 2013: Rain stops play on the Dakar Rally on SS11 Wednesday.|
The weather again threw a spanner in the works on the 11th stage. The simultaneous flash flooding in two rivers at the 69 km and 85 km points on the day's route forced the race directors, for safety reasons, to halt the race at CP1, after 84 km.
Robby Gordon (Hummer) was in front at this point, with a lead of 38 seconds over Ronan Chabot (SMG Buggy) and 1:47 minutes over Lucio Alvarez (Overdrive Toyota), so logically he will be awarded the stage victory, making it his 8th on the Dakar.
In 6th at CP1, 39 seconds behind his main rival Giniel de Villiers (Toyota), Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) still retains command of the general standings with a lead of 51:59 mins over the South African.
Finally, the problem was the same for the truck race, and so was the outcome. Gerard de Rooy achieved the best time at CP1, 56 secs ahead of Alès Loprais. As a result, this will mean a 24th stage victory for the Dutchman on the Dakar and the 6th this year.
In the general standings, Russian Eduard Nikolaev will still have a solid lead, but should now sit in front of his team-mate Ayrat Mardeev, who looks to have taken advantage of the problems encountered by Czech driver Martin Kolomy at the very beginning of the stage.
2013/01/17 | 12:13 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO