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Dakar Rally 2014: Dusty Dakar leaves Ford´s Lucio Alvarez choking in the dirt.




A frustrated Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue finished Monday´s SS08 of the Dakar 2014 in 21st position after driving for almost the entire length of the 302 km route trapped in dust kicked up by the car ahead.

The Team Ford Racing duo tried in vain to pass the slower driver but were unable to find a way through in their Ford Ranger and eventually finished the test 23:01 minutes behind winners Nasser Al-Attiyah and Lucas Cruz (X-raid Mini). The Argentine duo remain 40th in the overall standings.

The fast but enclosed tracks climbed to 3,500 m and overtaking opportunities were limited, as Alvarez found to his cost. Alvarez and Graue activated the warning system to advise the crew of the car ahead that they were close behind and wished to overtake. However, the crew did not pull to one side to allow the Ford duo by, and the dust was so thick that the Ranger could not get close enough to find a way through.

"It was hot and dry and there was dust throughout the stage which caused me a big problem," said Alvarez after the stage. "After about 30 kms I had closed on the car ahead but the dust was too thick for me to get near enough to overtake. He did not move for us so there was nothing we could do. I drove for about 270 km trapped in his dust. It´s so frustrating because that ruined the stage for me. Apart from that I had no other problems and the Ranger performed well."

As in yesterday´s stage around Salta, the high altitude meant cars struggled for power in the thin air. Normally aspirated cars, like the Ranger, suffer more in such conditions than the turbo diesel vehicles.

"I feel for Lucio because he did nothing wrong and yet was disadvantaged by the dust created by the car ahead," reported team manager Neil Woolridge. "Lucio and Ronnie did the right thing and pushed the in-car warning button to request that the car move over to let them by. But that didn´t happen. In a way I can understand the crew of the car ahead not stopping because they were racing Lucio. But there is a system in place to ensure fairness and the system didn´t work."

"It was our first taste of Chile after a stunning drive for all of us across the Andes from Argentina. Tomorrow brings the Atacama sand and we´re looking forward to that. Lucio is regarded as an off-piste master and the stage should suit him."

Cars overall results after SS08 Salta - Calama/Chile 302 km

PL
DRIVER / CODRIVER
RALLYCAR
TIME
DIFF
01
Roma / Perin (ES/F)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
27:03:52
00:00:00
02
Peterhansel / Cottret (F/F)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
30:09:54
00:23:46
03
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (RSA/D)
Toyota Hilux Imperial
30:34:33
00:48:25
04
Terranova / Fiuza (ARG/PT)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
30:38:03
00:51:55
05
Al Attiyah / Cruz (QT/ES)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
30:55:13
01:09:05
06
Sainz / Gottschalk (ES/D)
SMG Gache Buggy
31:30:07
01:43:59
07
Holowczyc / Zhiltsov (PL/RUS)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
32:15:30
02:29:22
08
Dabrowski / Czachor (PL)
Toyota Hilux Overdrive
32:33:16
02:47:08
09
Lavieille / Garcin (F/F)
Great Wall Haval
33:00:51
03:14:43
09
Malysz / Marton (PL/PL)
Toyota Hilux Overdrive
33:13:43
03:27:35

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2014/01/14 | 07:42 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SZLAPKA











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Dakar Rally 2014: GWM/Haval achieves another Top 10 position in Dakar 2014. | 20.01.2014 19:38 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Solid finish for Lucio Alvarez and new Ford Racing team. | 20.01.2014 19:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: De Villiers and Dabrowski as 4th and 7th best Toyotas. | 19.01.2014 21:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: 2013 winner Cyril Despres finishing fourth after tough race. | 19.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot in fast finish in the Dakar. | 19.01.2014 21:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally. | 19.01.2014 20:15 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Riwald Dakar Team crosses the finish line in Valparaiso. | 19.01.2014 20:01 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:45 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:43 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:51 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Strong show from Argentine Alvarez in arid Atacama in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:21 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team HRC riders overcome long stage and maintain posis. | 17.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Third stage victory for overall bikes leader Marc Coma. | 17.01.2014 01:47 |




Dakar Rally 2014: No surprises for Speedbrain team in Atacama stage 11. | 17.01.2014 01:41 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 01:36 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 00:31 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 16.01.2014 23:25 |




Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais. | 16.01.2014 22:48 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team Dessoude with the last two cars reached the finish SS10. | 16.01.2014 22:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ford´s Alvarez - "We handled it well and did a good job". | 16.01.2014 22:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz "I'm really disappointed to be out of the race". | 16.01.2014 21:17 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini 22nd after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Great Wall Haval and Lavieille moves up after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:27 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Iveco-pilot Gerard de Rooy still on the lead after SS10. | 16.01.2014 20:00 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Mini´s are leading 1-2-3, second stagewin for Al Attiyah. | 16.01.2014 01:55 |




Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: Dongfeng Challenge heading forward to Antofagasta. | 16.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS10 Wednesday | 16.01.2014 00:29 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Spectacular double for Honda - Barreda still second overall. | 15.01.2014 23:40 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Bad luck for Speedbrain - Israel Esquerre out after crash. | 15.01.2014 23:37 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Coma continues to lead the Dakar after SS10 Antofagasta. | 15.01.2014 22:26 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:52 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 15.01.2014 01:16 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 23:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 22:33 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Gerard De Rooy 2nd in SS08 with only a little loss of time. | 14.01.2014 22:31 |




















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