December 20, 2014
M,otor rally — dakarFriday, January 17, 2014
‘Orly’ Terranova takes 11th stage
Argentine Orlando Terranova climbed to fourth place in the general standings yesterday after winning the 11th stage in the car category, his second in the Rally Dakar. Nani Roma finished second, but increased his overall lead against Stéphane Peterhansel.
EL SALVADOR, Chile — Orlando Terranova won the 11th stage of the Rally Dakar yesterday and climbed to fourth place in the standings.
There was a second stage victory on the Dakar for the Argentine, 10 minutes 57 seconds ahead of a still competitive Nani Roma and 12 minutes 38 seconds in front of South African Giniel De Villiers, whilst Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah finished respectively 14 minutes 14 seconds and 20 minutes 57 seconds behind “Orly”.
Roma finished second but increased his overall lead against Peterhansel to more than five minutes with two stages remaining. He crossed the line just over three minutes in front of 11-time champion Peterhansel, pushing his overall margin to 5:32. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar is in third, trailing by 56:01.
Behind them, Terranova takes fourth place from Giniel De Villiers with a lead of now 12’18” over the South African, putting four Minis in the top 4 of the general standings.
In motorbikes, 605km against the clock were on the menu for the competitors on the eleventh stage of the Dakar 2014, which witnessed a new festival from Marc Coma. Fifth to start this morning, the leader of the general standings, though it brought him a fall during the first hour of the stage, attacked throughout the first part before finally tackling the dunes in the wake of Cyril Despres, who moved to opening the way from the very first minutes of the special stage. The two men finished the rest of the stage together and therefore it was only logical that the Spaniard recorded the best time of the day, 2 minutes 51 seconds ahead of Cyril Despres. Behind this duo, the third best time of the day went to an excellent Olivier Pain, involved in a feisty battle for the final step on the podium with Jordi Viladoms, who in the end only lost around thirty seconds to the French Yamaha rider.
As a result, in the general standings, Marc Coma increases his lead to 52 minutes 36 seconds over Joan Barreda, who set off first this morning, but who fell after 250km of the day’s special, breaking all his navigation instruments, forcing him to finish the special stage just by the naked eye.
Today’s stage is from El Salvador to La Serena with the finish tomorrow in Valparaiso.
AP, Dakar website