December 21, 2014
Motor rally — DakarMonday, January 13, 2014
Terranova drops to 4th after being penalized
Carlos Sainz wins 7th stage
Spain’s Joan Barreda took his third victory in the 2014 edition, beating overall leader Marc Coma. Argentine Orlando Terranova dropped from second place to fourth after being penalized.
UYUNI, Bolivia — Carlos Sainz of Spain won the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally yesterday, while countryman Nani Roma maintained a large lead in the overall standings for cars.
Orlando Terranova was handed a 15-minute penalty for unsporting behaviour yesterday before the start as he hit a motorbike on Friday. Relegated to fourth behind Giniel de Villiers, the Argentine may have lost the chance to fish in the troubled waters of the Roma-Peterhansel war. A war in which Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah could well be the kingmakers. The Argentine driver made a couple of navigation mistakes, too.
The car division drove a 500-kilometre loop near Salta, Argentina, and Sainz took advantage of a speedy special suited to his buggy to lead for the entire day and win his second stage of the race and 27th in his Dakar history.
He was followed in rapid succession by Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar, defending champion Stephane Peterhansel of France, and Roma.
Roma took the overall lead on Thursday and aims to become only the third man to win the Dakar both on a motorbike (2004) and in a car.
Peterhansel, second overall, had to slow for herds of llama and could only cut his deficit to Roma by two minutes to be 32 minutes behind third-place Giniel de Villiers, the 2009 champ and runner-up last year, had a flat tyre and finished eighth on the stage and dropped 48 minutes off the pace.
Unlike the cars, the motorbikes took the Dakar into Bolivia for the first time, but heavy rain on Saturday forced organizers to lop 300 kilometres of muddy track off the special, leaving only a 100-kilometre race to the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest and highest salt flats at 3,600 metres.
Bolivia President Evo Morales was on hand to greet stage winner Joan Barreda Bort of Spain, his third win of the race and eighth in his career.
Barreda’s compatriot Marc Coma was second, and remained the overall leader, 38 minutes ahead of Barreda, the only rider within an hour of Coma.
The biggest loser was Alain Duclos of France, the sixth-stage winner, who got lost early and took 20 minutes to find his way. He fell more than an hour behind Coma overall and dropped from third to fourth.
Today, cars and motorbikes face another speedy leg into Calama, Chile.
AP, Dakar website