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SA-Dakar Rally: Roma - "Sometimes just no chance against the Hummers".






Nani Roma and Michel Périn (X-raid Mini) proved to be the quickest car on yesterday´s 8th stage to Antofagasta. The early stages featuring numerous technical sections suited the Mini particularly well. Later however, the Hummer with its bigger suspension travel enjoyed an advantage.

"In the closing stages, the track resembled a highway," said Nani Roma. "You went 30 kilometers straight on, then there was corner, followed by another 40 flat-out kilometers straight on and the next turn. There, we had just no chance against the Hummers."

The Hummer has been designed according to the American regulations that allows for these advantages and therefore races in the open-class ranking that offers the American cars the possibility to compete in the Dakar. While the Mini All4 Racing was designed according to the FIA T1 regulations and therefore has to comply with other specifications, clearly limiting - for instance - the suspension travel.

At the beginning of the special stage, Roma lurked in second position behind Robby Gordon but around half time, he took the lead and soon opened a solid gap on the US-American. A gap he desperately needed in the closing stages to defend his lead and in the end, he finished just five seconds ahead of the Hummer driver to celebrate his second special-stage win.

"I have to admit that I’m delighted with having secured my second special-stage win," said the Catalan. "From now on, I have to keep my cool and must continue with the style of driving that proved to be successful, so far."

Holowczyc and Fortin also completed the nearly the entire special stage without encountering any major problems. Then, however, with just 30 kilometres to go, they were passed by Nasser Al Attiyah’s hummer without having been warned by the Sentinel-System. "It was a truly bad place for being passed," revealed co-driver Fortin. "A lot of dust and gravel were thrown on our windscreen and we had to slow down, thus certainly losing another 40 seconds."

Peterhansel also had to cope with a dose of bad luck, in the closing stages: with just a few more kilometres to go, he had to change a flat tyre, thus losing some three minutes.

"The track was very rocky and I drove extremely carefully," said the Frenchman, "But in the end we had a puncture, nevertheless." Despite having lost so much time, Peterhansel defended his overall lead. "Winning the Dakar still represents my No 1 goal," added the Frenchman, "But defending my small lead will be anything but easy."

The pairing Novitskiy / Schulz even encountered two punctures and therefore had to stop twice for changing a tyre. "We twice hit a stone difficult to detect," explained co-driver Schulz.

"The second must have been a big one hidden deep in the sand - it even destroyed our wheel." The two Portuguese Dos Santos and Fiuza also were hampered by punctures. "We had two punctures and it was a kind of weird - both at the left rear wheel," said Dos Santos. "Afterwards, we opted for continuing at reduced speed."

Meanwhile, Chilean Boris Garafulic and his French navigator Gilles Picard keep on working their way up in the overall standings, with their BMW X3CC. They finished 13th in monday’s special stage and now hold the same position in the overall standings. "Throughout the day we have seen just three or for other cars and apart from that, we were all alone," the Chilean described his special stage.

"Fortunately, we had neither punctures nor other problems. I think that we possibly could make it to the top 10 if we succeed in continuing like that. The two Russians Alexander Mironenko and Sergey Lebedev took their BUER BMW X3 CC to 16th position, with the German pairing Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt having to settle for finishing 35th, with their BMW.

2012/01/10 | 15:04 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/XRAID











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 |




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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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