On his Mitsubishi
Toni van Deijne (Netherlands) continued to be the highest-placed Mitsubishi privateer, as the 2009 Dakar rally arrived at La Serena in Chile on Sunday afternoon.
Van Deijne and co-driver Wouter Rosegaar (Netherlands) set the 10th fastest time in the
special stage and maintained 11th overall, although problems for Argentina's Orlando Terranova meant that Van Deijne closed the gap on his 10th-placed rival to just 3m 08s.
Former Baja GB winner Miroslav Zapletal (Czech Republic) maintained his impressive pace through the eighth stage to record the 11th fastest time in a Mitsubishi Pajero and consolidate 13th in the overall standings.
Ilya Kuznetsov (Russia) lost over an hour in the stage and slipped to 30th overall, after recording the 90th fastest time in his Mitsubishi.
Christian Barbier (France) holds 34th position, Francisco Inocencio (Portugal) is 51st, Laszlo Liszi (Hungary) holds 52nd and Riccardo Garosci (Italy) slipped to 61st place.
Stephan Schott (Germany) holds 75th position, although he is coming under pressure from 76th-placed Mitsubishi Thailand-backed Mana Pornsiricherd (Thailand) and co-driver Thierry Lacambre (France), who had been permitted to restart from Valparaiso when event officials neutralised the fifth and sixth stages in the sand dunes last week. Pornsiriched set the 32nd fastest time into La Serena.