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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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SA-Dakar: Peterhansel and Cottret lose valuable minute after broken tire.





The X-raid team crew of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret lost valuable minutes in their quest to catch Carlos Sainz and Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah on the shortened seventh special stage between Arica and Antofagasta in northern Chile on Sunday.

The French pair began the special fifth on the road, but suffered tyre problems before the first passage control and were never able to make up the time over the remaining kilometres. Al-Attiyah duly clinched his second stage win of the race so far and reduced Sainz’s overall lead to 1m 22s. Peterhansel now trails the leader by 21m 11s.

At the start of the stage one of the Volkswagens must have had a problem because we ended up in its dust," said Peterhansel. "It was hard to drive
quickly because of the dust, because there was no wind. We let them pull ahead and then, after 15km, we got a flat tyre. That was just what we needed to lose confidence for the rest of the stage. I didn’t have the right speed to drive through this kind of fesh-fesh. Minutes add up. It’s my fault. I drove too fast on this terrain. The one thing we wanted at the start was the overall victory and that seems to be getting out of reach, for sure."

Guerlain Chicherit and Michel Périn were unable to continue this morning, after the new Mini All4 Racing sustained damage in a freak testing accident, near the Arica bivouac, on Saturday evening.

Chicherit had been lying ninth in the general classification and had been checking the car with chief mechanic Frank Tröbs after the scheduled rest
day rebuild. On the return to the bivouac from the brief test - where everything was shown to be working normally - Chicherit clipped a ridge of
ground and flipped the car into a series of three rolls, which badly damaged the body panels on the Mini.

Team director Sven Quandt took the immediate decision not to rebuild the car overnight and Chicherit and the new Mini All4 Racing were withdrawn from the event.

"If this had happened during the race then it would have been more acceptable," said a bitterly disappointed team director Sven Quandt. "But this accident happened on a roll-out test after the car had just been completely rebuilt. Everything was fine. Guerlain had just confirmed this to the mechanic who was in the car. Guerlain decided he wanted to do another 25km, which is normally not necessary and then he came over a crest and we know what happened next."

He added: "There was a clear understanding between Guerlain and us that the car has to go to Buenos Aires, no matter what the position. Even if it was slow, I did not care. He knew that and we had a meeting again in Arica about this. The car is very strong. There is nothing integral on the body that is damaged, but this is a disappointing setback for what is a very exciting project. We knew the car was fast and reliable."

Orlando Terranova and Filipe Palmeiro were holding a fine fourth place on the day’s special and were running as the fastest X-raid crew when they rolled their BMW X3 CC after the third passage control. The car was damaged in the accident and the Argentinean driver was transported to the end of the stage by helicopter, while Palmeiro waited with the vehicle in the desert.

Krzysztof Holowczyc and Jean-Marc Fortin continue to hold fifth in the overall classification, despite losing time on the day’s stage with punctures. They still completed the special in fifth place and remain well clear of sixth-placed American Marc Miller in the overall rankings.

Ricardo Leal Dos Santos and Paulo Fiùza were aiming to close in on the top 10 in their Monster Energy-backed BMW X3 CC on the day’s stage, but they had little idea that this would be as a result of the demise of two of their BMW colleagues. Dos Santos set the seventh fastest time and now holds ninth in the general classification.

Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt began the day in 27th overall and 45th on the road. They were running in 25th position through the first passage control in the KS Tools-backed BMW X3 CC and down in 30th at PC2 and 29th at PC3. The Germans eventually finished the special in 26th place.

Andrea Mayer, Thomas Baumann and Phillip Beier took advantage of much-needed rest at the Arica rest day and began the day’s special at 10.32hrs, running as the 38th truck on the road. They had moved up to 29thby the first PC.

"Driving the truck at the back of the field means it is very difficult to know what your progress is," admitted Mayer. "You have a good run, then you stop and then you are passed again by a truck that has had delays. It’s a bit like the tortoise and the hare situation. I was feeling a little down after the delays into Arica, but then I looked at the position of our truck in relation to some of our rivals and it was not too bad at all."

2011/01/09 | 19:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PERKINS












Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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