Dakar Rally: Stephane Peterhansel seals 11th win in X-raid Mini
|Saturday, January 19th 2013, 20:18 GMT|
Stephane Peterhansel clinched his 11th Dakar Rally victory with a calm run to the finish in Santiago on Saturday.
The Dakar legend utterly dominated the majority of the 2013 event, establishing his X-raid Mini up front even before the potentially faster Red Bull Buggies of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz dropped out.
Peterhansel's eventual margin of triumph was 42 minutes over Giniel de Villiers' Toyota.
X-raid filled four of the top five places. Nani Roma fought back from early delays to third before dropping behind Mini stablemate Leonid Novitskiy again when he waited to run as support to Peterhansel on the penultimate day.
Orlando Terranova brought one of X-raid's older BMWs home fifth, finishing a close second to the charging Roma on Saturday's concluding stage.
Various problems for Guerlain Chichert's rapid SMG Buggy meant that he only finished eighth behind Carlos Sousa's Great Wall and fellow SMG man Ronan Chabot.
That was still better off than Robby Gordon. The American's Hummer flew in the final stages as he recovered from the early disasters that had left him six hours behind in 43rd place just four days in.
Leading stage 14 times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nani Roma X-raid Mini 1h44m10s 2. Orlando Terranova X-raid BMW + 13s 3. Lucio Alvarez Overdrive Toyota + 31s 4. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota + 1m27s 5. Guerlain Chicherit SMG Buggy + 2m05s 6. Robby Gordon Gordon Hummer + 2m17s 7. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 2m34s 8. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 3m19s 9. Geoff Olholm Overdrive Toyota + 3m22s 10. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini + 3m43s Leading finishers after stage 14: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini 38h32m39s 2. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota + 42m22s 3. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 1h28m22s 4. Nani Roma X-raid Mini + 1h36m43s 5. Orlando Terranova X-raid BMW + 1h49m10s 6. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 2h38m16s 7. Ronan Chabot SMG Buggy + 3h18m05s 8. Guerlain Chicherit SMG Buggy + 3h27m44s 9. Pascal Thomasse MD Buggy + 4h35m32s 10. Boris Garafulic X-raid Mini + 4h45m48s