Dakar : Leg 14 - News from CP 1
The journey through Senegal from east to west is both a Dakar classic and a difficult exercise, especially for the co-drivers. Team spirit will be important in the crews. The numerous changes of direction will force the drivers to be very
reactive. At the finish of the special, in Thiès, the riders will gather for a tribute to Fabrizio Meoni, at the place where the foundation he had created will soon open a school for agriculture and arts and crafts.
If the gaps look sufficient for the overall leaders of the three main categories, Marc Coma, Luc Alphand and Vladimir Chagin will make sure to take good care of their vehicles and try to avoid a stupid mistake.
Goncalves fastest at CP1
At km 128 of the day's special, Portugal's Paulo Goncalves has the fastest time. The Honda biker has a 32" lead over compatriot Helder Rodrigues on a Yamaha. Third is David Frétigné (YAM) at 1'18". Overall leader Marc Coma is 3'09" adrift.
Navigation problems for Despres
Cyril Despres suffered navigation problems 30kms after CP1, looking for the right track for about 20min. But basically, all the leading riders struggled with nav'. Sala, Street and a few others are now heading the right way.
Roma fastest at CP1
In the car race, Nani Roma (MIT) has set the fastest time at CP1 (km 128). The Spaniard has a 37" lead on Guerlain Chicherit (BMW), 1'30" on Bruno Saby (VW). Fourth is Giniel De Villiers (VW) at 1'46". Stephane Peterhansel (MIT) is 5'09" adrift while overall leader Luc Alphand (MIT) is at 5'31". The Frenchman therefore loses 3'45" on his main rival De Villiers.
Press Release Amaury Sport Organisation