Dakar Rally : News from Leg 2
Pending validation, Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) has won the second special scratch time stage and leads the general rankings as well as the 450 cc category. His countryman Ruben Faria (Yamaha) recorded the second best time, 1'03 behind.
Spaniard Isidre Esteve Pujol (KTM) came in third, 1'45 behind. In the Marathon category, Portuguese rider Nuno Mateus (KTM) was triumphant, finishing with the 18th-placed scratch time. Finally, for the quads, Portuguese rider Joao Carlos Nazare Santos (Yamaha) was victorious with a very impressive 13th-place scratch time.
Pending validation, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) won the second special scratch time stage, 29" ahead of his countryman Nani Roma (Mitsu) and Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsu), both scoring the same time. Victorious in the 1st special stage yesterday, Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa (VW), 9th today, nonetheless remained overall leader, 45" ahead of Sainz. In the Open category, Eric Vigouroux was triumphant in his Chevrolet, with the 38th-placed scratch time. Finally, in the production category, Portugal's Adelio Machado (Toyota) was victorious with the 40th placed scratch time.
As a reminder, there was no special stage for the trucks today. The competitors headed directly along the connection section to Malaga, the finishing point of this 2nd stage. Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is therefore still leading the general rankings, 20" in front of countryman Hans Stacey (Man) and 46" ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).
Having flooded his engine at a ford 17 km from the special stage finishing line, the Finn Ari Vatanen finally made it to the end with a time of 2'35'55", losing more than an hour and a half on the leaders. His countryman Markku Allen also fell into this trap, but lost a lot less time.
The Belgian crew of Werner Zoetaert and Stefaan Claeys careered off-road into a ravine, but without any serious consequences, since they were soon able to get back on track with the special stage.