#Dakar2015, Day 13 (Stage 12) - Termas de Rio Hondo to Rosario, Argentina

Route of the penultimate day!

Penultimate - Day 13 [Stage 12], at Dakar 2015.

Kamaz splashing through the stream..
It was a day of flat-out for a few, and keep it clean for the top order boys, and girls! The long liaison on either ends of the special stage meant, it was a marathon route on its own, and the stage passed through through some water splash, tree lined narrow roads, and some flat out section to finish the race at Rosario. 

First it was Bikes, then Quads, Cars & finally Trucks passed through the same route and it was a quickie for each of the category and it meant some furious head-to-tail riding & driving. More on the details in the below sections, in the order of start.






Bikes

Toby Price kicking up the dirt!
Australian Toby Price put his best of performance today and won the special with a gap of 1m55s ahead of the chasing Barreda Bort. Joan's team-mate Paulo Goncalves, finished third fastest, yet conservative of this bike, which now has a new engine. He was awarded 15 minute time penalty for the engine change has now eased off the rally leader Marc Coma and he finished 6th quickest, still keeping an healthy lead for the final stage tomorrow.

CS Santosh up the slippery roads..
Indian, KTM rider, Santosh CS finished up by 3 positions to his start at 34 and now is 35th overall. His performance was appraised by Xavier, the Dakar competitor relations officer, for his splendid performance despite his injuries and expressed his best for the sportsman spirit.

Not only that, yesterday he had lent his stocked tire to the rally leader Marc Coma, who had worn out all of his to keep up the top spot. Again the team boss appreciated his generousness and sportsman spirit.

Top 5 Bikes, Stage 12

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
126PRICE (AUS)KTM03:19:04- -
22BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  03:20:59  00:01:55-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA03:22:0600:03:02-
421JAKES (SVK)KTM03:22:1200:03:08-
518SVITKO (SVK)KTM03:24:0500:05:01-
3159C S SANTOSH(IND)KTM03:49:2800:30:24-


Overall Top 5 Bikes, after Stage 12

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
11COMA (ESP)KTM45:08:32- -
27GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA  45:26:21  00:17:4900:16:00
326PRICE (AUS)KTM45:33:5000:25:18-
431QUINTANILLA (CHL)  KTM45:45:2900:36:57-
518SVITKO (SVK)KTM45:55:1500:46:43-
3559C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM59:13:2714:04:5500:40:00




Quads

Negotiating a corner in a quad
Christophe Declerck, Sanabria Galeano & Nosiglia take the top three spots on today' stage finish. Rafal Sonik, finished fourth and keeps his overall lead intact, along with this quad.

Rafal Sonik, Gonzalez Ferioli & Nosiglia finish the top three overall leadership.




Top 5 Quads, Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1260DECLERCK (FRA)YAMAHA03:47:15- -
2256SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)  YAMAHA  03:54:24  00:07:09-
3283NOSIGLIA (BOL)HONDA03:56:4600:09:31-
4251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA03:57:2000:10:05-
5286SAAIJMAN (ZAF)YAMAHA03:57:4200:10:27-


Overall Top 5 Quads, after Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA56:05:18- 00:15:00
2261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)YAMAHA58:57:3502:52:17-
3283NOSIGLIA (BOL)HONDA59:46:4703:41:2900:20:00
4256SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)  YAMAHA  60:18:49  04:13:3100:00:30
5260DECLERCK (FRA)YAMAHA62:02:0805:56:50-




Cars

Splashing through the greenery
Orlando Terranova finished the stage victorious, another MiniAll4 driver, Russian Vladamir Vasilyev, was second by 30s and for the first time, Argentinian & Renault Duster driver Emiliano Spataro has completed third quickest in this year's Dakar.

Nasser Al-attiyah, Giniel de-Villiers and Holowczyz stay in control of the top three overall positions.


Top 5 Cars, Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1305TERRANOVA (ARG) 
GRAUE (ARG)
MINI03:04:06- -
2310VASILYEV (RUS)
ZHILTSOV (RUS)
MINI03:04:3600:00:30-
3316SPATARO (ARG)
LOZADA (ARG)
RENAULT  03:05:35  00:01:29-
4301AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI03:05:4300:01:37-
5315TEN BRINKE (NLD)
COLSOUL (BEL)
TOYOTA03:05:5600:01:50-


Overall Top 5 Cars, after Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI40:18:30- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  40:54:09  00:35:39-
3307HOLOWCZYC (POL)
PANSERI (FRA)
MINI41:50:2101:31:51-
4314VAN LOON (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MINI43:20:0403:01:3400:40:00
5310VASILYEV (RUS)
ZHILTSOV (RUS)
MINI43:30:4903:12:19-




Trucks

Hans Stacey in his Iveco PowerStar
It was a mind-game for the rally leaders, who were just programmed their minds to finish and keep the trouble at bay! So Hans Stacey, Marcel Van Vliet & Gerard de Rooy took the penultimate stage victory in that order and it was all in a gap of few seconds. Kamaz team were the next to finish in top 5.

Mardeev, Nikolaev & Karginov stay put at the top three positions, no movement happening to the podium finishers at-the-least. One more day awaits for the ultimate crowing ceremony, on the following day!


Top 5 Trucks, Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1504STACEY (NLD)
BRUYNKENS (BEL)
DER KINDEREN (NLD) 
IVECO  03:33:39  - -
2508VAN VLIET (NLD)
PRONK (NLD)
KLEIN (DEU)
MAN03:33:5700:00:18-
3501DE ROOY (NLD)
RODEWALD (POL)
DAMEN (BEL)
IVECO03:34:0700:00:28-
4520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ03:34:4800:01:09-
5507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ03:34:5400:01:15-


Overall Top 5 Trucks, after Stage 12

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ41:59:07- -
2502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ42:11:5000:12:43-
3500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  42:47:47  00:48:4000:01:00
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN43:44:5001:45:43-
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ44:23:1702:24:1000:02:00




NEXT: Last Day 14, Stage 13 - The Finale!

Final day's route
None of the drivers in the Dakar consider it over until they reach the end of this final day; and for good reason, because every year at least one competitor retires during this final stage.

Final day's stage elevation profile
Caution is the name of the game on the fast tracks of the special stage, at the very least for those who haven't got a position to defend. Because reaching the podium of the 2015 edition at the Tecnópolis in Buenos Aires is the ultimate goal which they have come to achieve.

Just one more day of action to crown the leaders to winners! Just one day! And it will be over just like that.. It is so overwhelming isn't it? That is the spirit of dakar, a fortnight's of action where the world will be compressed within; and will have to wait for another 50 weeks for yet another year's edition.

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