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SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13.






The 2012 Dakar caravan is closing in on its final destination. The 13th stage was once again redoubtable for the last three Dessoude Teams, both for the leaders and further down in the pack. Although Thierry Magnaldi and Zhou Jihong got through without problems, Isabelle Patissier will remember this 13th stage for a long, long time.

Once again, Thierry Magnaldi overcame these difficulties without too many problems, and set the 16th fastest time, despite not being in great shap. The driver from the Var is strengthening his third place on the two-wheel drive podium.

In the Nissan Dessoude Proto, Zhou Jihong had a big fright when he lost a tyre, but luckily no real harm was done. He lost 15 minutes, and finished 21st on the stage - and is now the best Nissan in the race. But it was Isabelle Patissier who suffered the most between Nazca and Pisco, stuck for over two hours in a dip, mid-way through the stage.

Already ill on Friday, Thierry Magnaldi had decided not to push Saturday, and to concentrate on holding on to the third place in the two-wheel-drive category for the Oryx Diesel Buggy. Arriving at the bivouac in 16th position, Thierry had only one wish: To rest and regain some strength for the final straight towards Lima. It was therefore his co-driver, François Borsotto, who looked back over the day’s events.

"Thierry has not been in good shape since yesterday. He must have eaten something that disagreed with him, and he is nauseous, which is not nice while you are driving" told codriver Borsotto. "Moreover, the heat does not help at all. It should be noted that it 40°C in the shade! We started off this morning in the fesh-fesh, behind at least a dozen trucks. Due to the lack of visibility, we got grounded in a pass, just like Isabelle did. There was a real traffic jam, and sometimes the other vehicles nearly touched us. It was very close!"

The leading Chinese drivers - and also leading Nissan, Zhou Jihong and Liao Min once again set the right pace and finished today in 21st position. The only issued today was a wheel to change at the 180 km mark.

"We were driving well, keeping the right rhythm. Unfortunately, at the 180 km mark, crossing an erg, we came to an area where two cars were stuck. To avoid a collision, I had to turn quite abruptly, and as our tyres were very low on pressure, we lost a tyre. It took us around 15 minutes to change the wheel, and then we got going again, covering the kilometres with no problems until the finish line. We will be careful on the last stage, as even if it is a short one, no-one can guarantee that they will not have a problem. Next stop: Lima!"

For the former freeclimbing world champion Isabelle Patissier and her friend and codriver Thierry Delli Zotti in their Oryx Buggy not the best day - they came to an abrupt halt half-way through the stage, trapped in a depression. A ‘spicy’ stage for the crew of the Oryx Buggy!

"It was a real nightmare today" said Isabelle Patissier. " Everything was going well on the first part, until we got stuck in a dip. I really thought we would never get out of that hole. We literally had to fight centimetre after centimetre for two hours. The temperature was very high, and we were exhausted trying to get the Buggy out. We lost time and energy in the fight. The water in the cockpit was so hot that we were hesitant about drinking it."

"Eventually, some Peruvians came to our assistance, by giving us some cold water and some peach juice. I don’t think I I have ever drunk anything quite go good! The physical effort was very intense during those two hours. To look on the good side, at least it took place today, towards the end of the rally. We already lost one plank yesterday, and we lost the second today. It’s definitely time for the 2012 Dakar to finish!"

2012/01/15 | 13:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/DESSOUDE











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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