Haval moves up after Stage 10

Christian Lavielle finished eleventh in the tenth stage of the race.

22.01.2014

Chile’s port city Antofagasta greeted the Dakar heroes who had just finished Stage 10. Mini’s Attiyah, Peterhansel and Roma ranked among the top three once again. Haval’s Christian remained steady, finished this stage 11th and ascended to the 8th place in overall standings.

Stage 10 stretched 689 kilometers (including 631 kilometers for specials) from north Chile’s famous port city Iquique to Antofagasta. This is the first of the three consecutive long stages in the second half of the 2014 Dakar Rally.

Continuing the team’s steady strategy, Haval’s Christian finished this stage with the longest special section in the second half clocking 05:13:09 with the help of Pierre, ascending to the 8th place in overall standings. “We continued the steady strategy today, there will be tanother special section stretching 605 kilometers tomorrow, we must keep our car in good shape for tomorrow’s competition, and exert its strength for a sprint in the last three stages. We have climbed to the 8th today and look forward to the last long special section tomorrow.” Christian was excited after finishing this stage and full of hope to  the rally coming to an end.

Mini continued its strong performance yesterday, with Attiyah and Peterhansel exchanging the lead. Eventually, Attiyah won this stage clocking 04:23:35, 3 minutes and 50 seconds faster than Peterhansel who narrowed the gap from Roma finishing this stage 3rd by 10 minutes. Roma still led the overall standings. Today was a bad day for SMG’s veteran Sainz whose car was badly damaged after coming off the track in the liaison section. Sainz was slightly injured in the accident and rushed to the medical center of the camp in Antofagasta. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Tomorrow’s Stage 11 will stretch 749 kilometers (including 605 kilometers for specials) further southwards from Antofagasta to Salvador at the foot of the Andes. The S-shaped course will start from Antofagasta, and pass the unique fascinating valley of Atacama Region home to over 200 varieties of flowers (including over 20 exclusive varieties). Also, the drivers will face the test of extreme heat and lack of water in the area known as “Mars on earth”. The testing time has come for the drivers.