#Dakar2015, Day 3 - San Juan to Chilecito


Bike & Quads



Cars & Trucks
Day 3 was real tricky one, nearly 34 cars were not able to start this morning as the previous stage took its toll. Even bikes, quads and a few trucks retired too. It was relatively easier one for the competition who took to the stages, but had to tackle the altitude sickness as the stage climbed nearly two kilometers upward till mid way, then to descend another couple of km.

It was a different story for Moto/Quads, than with the Cars/Trucks who had altogether a completely different stage to tackle with 220 km on the odo, after a 282 km of transport stage, and ending with another 155 km of transit to the day's halt. The day progressed rather quickly today to culminate at the bivouac based in #Chilecito for a well deserved rest to start the next leg tomorrow.

Bikes, tackled the day's stage rather cautiously to avoid the rock lined stage, over the uphill rough terrain and back below to the base of the canyons of Chilecito, #Argentina. Matthais Walkner took the stage 3 victory being a debutant is commendable.

Marc Coma eased off with a second fastest time, and Joan Barreda Bort completed 3rd at the end of the day's stage.

Top 5 Bikes, Stage 3

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
127  WALKNER (AUT)KTM02:34:28- -
21COMA (ESP)KTM02:35:0800:00:40-
32BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  02:36:21  00:01:53-
426PRICE (AUS)KTM02:37:1300:02:45-
57GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA02:37:1700:02:49-
6759SANTOSH CS (IND)KTM03:23:2700:48:59-
Overall spot is still held by Joan Barreda Bort, second by Paulo Goncalves & the third now by Matthias Walkner.

Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 3

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  09:43:05- -
27GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA09:48:38  00:05:33-
327  WALKNER (AUT)KTM09:53:3800:10:33-
41COMA (ESP)KTM09:53:5500:10:50-
511FARIA (PRT)KTM09:55:1500:12:10-
5359SANTOSH CS (IND)KTM12:21:3002:38:25-



Top 5 Quads, Stage 3

It was a day of Argentinians, with Lucas Bonetto on his Honda & Sebastian Halpern on his Yamaha quads to take the top two stage times. Rafal Sonik was third fastest to finish today.

Overall leaders are Lafuente, Casale & Halpern.


Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1258BONETTO (ARG)HONDA03:08:27  - -
2255HALPERN (ARG)YAMAHA  03:09:2500:00:58-
3251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA03:10:4100:02:14-
4269  GONZALEZ (ARG)  YAMAHA03:10:4100:02:14-
5253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA03:10:5600:02:29-

Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 3

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1252  LAFUENTE (URY)  YAMAHA  11:43:15  - -
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA11:43:5600:00:41-
3255HALPERN (ARG)YAMAHA11:50:4300:07:28-
4251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA11:53:2000:10:0500:15:00
5253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA11:59:5300:16:38-



Top 5 Cars, Stage 3

Orlando Terranova in a Mini was the ensured to secure the fastest time, Toyota driver Giniel De Villiers was second by nearly 2 minutes. Another Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi finished third quickest, down by another minute to his team-mate.

Overall spot is still held by the day's fifth fastest Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah in a Mini, while De Villiers holds on to the second, and Terranova in third spot.

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1305  TERRANOVA (ARG)
GRAUE (ARG)
MINI02:57:28- -
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA02:59:2200:01:54-
3325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA03:00:2000:02:52-
4304SAINZ (ESP)
CRUZ (ESP)
PEUGEOT  03:01:34  00:04:06-
5301AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI03:01:4600:04:18-

Overall Top 5, Cars after Stage 3

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI09:21:26- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA09:26:4400:05:18-
3305TERRANOVA (ARG)
GRAUE (ARG)
MINI09:39:3100:18:05-
4304SAINZ (ESP)
CRUZ (ESP)
PEUGEOT  09:40:58  00:19:32-
5325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA09:41:3400:20:08-



Top 5 Trucks, Stage 3

Airat Mardeev took the stage victory in his Kamaz, while his team-mate Andrey Karginov settling in second place. Gerard De Rooy finished third fastest.


Overall 1st and 3rd is held by Kamaz drivers Airat Mardeev and Andrey Karginov, while the second overall is secured by Ales Loprais driving a MAN truck.

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507  MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ03:19:06- -
2500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  03:20:57  00:01:51-
3501DE ROOY (NLD)
RODEWALD (POL)
DAMEN (BEL)
IVECO03:23:3600:04:30-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN03:26:0600:07:00-
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ03:26:3800:07:32-

Overall Top 5, Trucks after Stage 3

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507  MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  08:26:22  - -
2503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN08:34:1700:07:55-
3500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ08:34:2000:07:58-
4502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ08:34:2900:08:07-
5506KOLOMY (CZE)
KILIAN (CZE)
KILIAN (CZE)
TATRA08:34:4400:08:2200:00:30







Trucks only
Bike, Quad & Cars
Tomorrow, the day progresses and crosses the border to Chile. It is also one of the toughest leg of the rally, which passes over high altitudes of over 4.8km, but fortunately it is in the transport section. Bikes, Quads & Cars share the same stage with distance of 315 km after a massive 594 km of transport, but finishes right into the day's halt at Copiapo, Chile. Trucks have a tad smaller distance of competitive stage of 174 km, to culminate right at the day's halt.

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