Dakar : Leg 10 - First news
Quite a few competitors were still on the course of stage 9 at 5:30 AM. Out of the 132 bikes that had started, 100 had finished the stage including 93 that had reached the bivouac. On four wheels, 78 crews out of the starting 114 had finished
the special and 57 had made it to the Kiffa bivouac. Finally, in the truck race, 23 crews had covered the final liaison and 27 had finished the special.
First cars take off
At 12.39, the first cars have taken off for their day's stage hading from Kiffa to Kayes in Mali. The first driver to start was yesterday's winner Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi). The Frenchman was followed two minutes later by team mate Luc Alphand. 'Peter' has a 9'16" overall lead on Alphand.
Bikes heading to Kayes
So far 82 bikes have reached km 100 of the 333km liaison heading to Kayes in Mali. 47 bikes have reached CP1 (km 153).
Tumble for car 356
At km 60 of the day's special, British crew Hammond and Banyard driving a Bowler suffered a tumble. Both the driver and co-driver are fine.
Sainz fastest time at CP1
At 2.32 pm, at the first and only check point of the day's special (km 158), Marc Miller has clocked the fastest time so far. The American Volkswagen driver has a tiny 1" lead on Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi). Third is Nani Roma (MIT) at 22", followed by Alphand (MIT) at 1'50" and De Villiers (VW) at 2'30". Only seven cars have reached CP1.
At 3.36 pm, Spaniard Carlos Sainz has just clocked the fastest time at CP1 (km 153). The Volkswagen driver has a 1'44" lead on team mate Marc Miller and 1'45" on overall leader Stephane Peterhansel.
Press Release Amaury Sport Organisation