On Saturday, January 20, at 14:01 Moscow time in the Argentine city of Cordoba started the 14th and final stage of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018”.
Riders of the four categories will have to overcome the last 284 km, 119 of which will be on a high-speed special stage.
“Before participants can enjoy the traditional national cocktail “Fernando”, they will have to cross about 30 rivers, – is spoken in the route description on the official website of “KAMAZ-Master”. – Still a lot of things can happen here. All need to be very careful until the last kilometer”.
The route was opened by the motorcyclists and ATV drivers. The representatives of the category of SUVs will hit the road in 15:01 Moscow time. Trucks, as usual, will ride last – start first car at 17:01.
In all four categories of breaks in the first three are quite large, and then, too. But, in contrast to the “Africa Eco race”, the last stage of the “Dakar” participants ride on time, so suprise is still possible.
In the motorcycle category with a lead of 22 minutes leader Matthias Walkner. Coming in second place, Kevin Benavides ahead just five minutes Toby price.
From damage the engine to fall off the cliff. Black band Carlos Sainz on the Dakar
Carlos Sainz in the standings SUVs confidently takes the first place. Although with the fatal bad luck of the Spaniard in the previous five years, 44 minutes advantage over Nasser al-Attia can melt away like smoke. But let’s hope that my share of failures Matador exhausted. An interesting fight can be deployed for third place between Ringelem de Villiers and stéphane Peterhansel eight minutes. Two Toyota or Peugeot two on the podium? We learn very soon.
In the Quad class, only a disaster can prevent Ignacio Casale won a second victory after 2014. The separation of the head from Nicholas Cavigliasso is 1 hour and 37 minutes. Himself Argentinian half an hour ahead of compatriot Jeremias Gonzalez of Ferioli.
And finally, in the category of trucks all going to the podium dreams for fans of the former Soviet Union: two “KAMAZ” and “MAZ” in the middle. Eduard Nikolaev 3 hours and 53 minutes ahead of Sergey Vyazovich, and the Belarusian rider for half an hour ahead of Ayrat Mardeev. A nice bonus: on the fourth place is Kazakhstan Arthur ardavichus on Iveco. Given the lag of over an hour, Motorsport Astana rider unlikely to compete for the podium, but his fourth position is not in danger – the isolation from the Japanese Teruhito Sugawara is more than 1.5 hours.
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