Rally Raid Dakar 2006: Leg 9 - News from CP 2
At km 235 (CP2), Marc Coma still has the fastest time of the bikers. The Spaniard however has seen his lead on Despres drop down to 17" (it was of 51" at CP1). Third so far is surprising Portuguese Helder Rodrigues at 5'04".
Kabirov first at CP1
Title holder and winner of the previous stage, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has made it first and fastest at the first check-point(km 128). The Russian has a 3'15" lead on team mate and overall leader Vladimir Chaguin.
At 12.45 pm, after taking off second this morning and overtaking Magnaldi on his way to CP1, Stephane Peterhansel carries on impressing. The Frenchman has made it alone to CP2 (m 235) well ahead of his closest rivals.
At 12.58 pm, with three cars so far at CP2 (km 235), Stephane Peterhansel has the fastest time so far. The title holder has a 4'42" lead on team mate Luc Alphand and 13'36" on Thierry Magnaldi.
At 13.53 pm, At km 315 Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) suffered a puncture and was forced to stop.
Spaniard Isidre Esteve suffered a crash at km 316 of the special. The KTM-Gauloises rider is OK and has spoken to race head-quarters thanks to the Iritrack alarm system.
Kleinschmidt third fastest at CP2
At km 235, Jutta Kleinschmidt has clocked the third best time so far, but remains 6'12" adrift. Volkswagen team mate Giniel De Villiers who was third fastest at CP1 is now well behind, 20'07" adrift.
Press Release Amaury Sport Organisation