Christian given time penalty at halfway

Great Wall Team’s driver finished 10th in the stage, but went to 10th overall because of the penalty

14.01.2014

Stage 6 of the Haval Dakar Rally wound up. Mini’s Peterhansel, Attiyah and Terranova ranked among the top three in this stage and Roma continued the lead in the overall standings. Haval’s Christian finished this stage 10th but was given one hour penalty and dropped to the 10th overall.

Stage 6 stretched 694 kilometers (including 424 kilometers for specials) from Tucuman to Salta. As the last stage before the rest day, Stage 6 saw fierce competition among Sainz, Peterhansel, Terranova, Attiyah and De Villers in the leading group, eventually Peterhansel won this stage, making a clean sweep of the top three for Mini with Attiyah and Terranova. In the overall standings, Roma continued the lead, followed by Terranova and Peterhansel.

Haval’s Christian finished this stage 10th with 06:24:37 but was given a one hour penalty by the organizer for loss of a CP and dropped to the 10th overall. Luckily, he was not far behind the leaders and stood a chance of overtaking them as long as he made no mistakes in the rest of the rally.

Tomorrow will be the rest day. Dong Ming, director of “Haval Dakar Team”, summarized the first half of the rally, saying, “Sousa’s first stage win for us is a historic breakthrough, despite his withdrawal, we are still confident of Haval’s results this year, the  Dakar Rally 2014 is very tough, but Christian’s performance has exceeded our expectation, despite the time penalty in Stage 5, he still competed at his own pace, I believe he will achieve good results with the support of Pierre and the whole team.”

After the rest day, the rally will gradually turn west, getting over the Andes and stretching southwards along the east coast of the Pacific. In Stage 7, the car drivers will still compete in Salta, but the bikers will head from Salta to Uyuni. This is also the only stage of the  Dakar Rally 2014 covering Bolivia. Uyuni’s saline-alkali soil will apparently make the competition fascinating. The stages after the rest day are  more anticipated.