Dakar champion to surface, Haval continues narrowing gap

Christian finished twelved in Stage 11 of the race

22.01.2014

Stage 11 of the 2014 Dakar Rally stretching from Antofagasta to Salvador wraps up. Terranova, Roma, and De Villers notched up the top three places, making clear the unpredictable championship scramble gradually. Haval’s Christian finished this stage 12th, retaining his 8th place in overall standings.

As the stage was the last stage but two as well as the last long special stage, today’s result would heavily determine the championship. Haval’s Christian went smoothly all the way and finished the stage in six hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds, narrowing his gap from the previous competitor Dabrowski from Poland in overall standings, but it is hard to cover a deficit of 17 minutes in the last two stages. Dong Ming, director of “Haval Dakar Team”, said, “There are only two short stages left, it is unlikely to cause great changes, the likelihood of accidents like Sainz’s withdrawal has been low, we did well in the stage crossing deserts and rivers, we are satisfied that we could continue pressuring our opponents in overall standings and looking forward to finishing the rally safe and sound over the next two days.”

Attiyah with strong performance in the previous stages kept his momentum today. He led the competitor behind by two way points, but lost much time on a fault after crossing the 15th way point, and eventually finished 20 minutes and 57 seconds behind the stage winner Terranova who finished this stage in five hours and 58 minutes as the only competitor clocking six hours.

This stage also saw white-hot competition between Peterhansel and Roma. Their gap was narrowed to less than 3 minutes, but Roma, in favor with God again, finished second, widening its overall lead over Peterhansel to nearly six minutes.

As the showdown of the 2014 Dakar Rally, tomorrow’s Stage 12 will stretch 699 kilometers (including 349 kilometers for special) from Salvador to La Serena. Unlike the short celebration-like stage in the last day, the 349-kilometer special section in Atacama Desert will make the final result unpredictable still.