#Dakar2015, Day 14 (Stage 13) - Rosario to Buenos Aires | Final Leg & Podium Ceremony

Marco Coma wading through the waterlogged mud roads

Final - Day 14 [Stage 13], at Dakar 2015.

A lead of 17 minutes over Paulo Gonçalves, is what makes Marc Coma to be focused on any possible mistakes that coudl happen over the 174 km special, but to his fortunate and race safety; the stage was stopped at CP2 due to heavy rain. The roads were terribly slippery and dangerous to continue and was called off to an early end. Cars & Trucks finished as early as CP1. Victory celebration started quicker than anticipated. Read on for more.





Bikes

Toby Price, Marco Coma & Paulo Goncalves with their 3, 1, 2nd place trophies - Dakar 2015 podium

5 timer Dakar winner now!
Slippery roads, rewards a fall
A fifth outright victory on the Dakar's 36th 2015 edition rewarded the KTM rider, Marc Coma, bringing him level with Cyril Despres who was Coma's team-mate till last 2013

However, he kept his calm as the roads were tougher and trickier than expected due to the torrential rains ruining it. Slovakian Ivan Jakes took the stage victory, while the Spaniard finished in 5th. Paulo Goncalves & Toby Price soon joined to claim their podium positions intact.
Laia Sanz celebrating her podium

CS Santosh with his medal at finish
A podium on a first outing for a rookie is an outstanding achievement, applause for the young Australian Toby. Lone lady bike rider, Spain's Laia Sanz finished in 9th overall ranking, yet another fantastic performance by an individual.



Sukhwant Basra, sports editor HT
Samuel Aldrin, CSS' mentor; enjoying
Indian rider CS Santosh finished the day in 51st ranking, and an overall 36th by the end of the day. With his super strong determination and will to finish, the Santosh is happy to finish the rally and we are really proud of him.

A salute to the supporters of the Indian, without them, the event would have not been possible and incomplete. Not to forget the billion hearts of India, cheering up the first man at Dakar from the peninsula.


Top 5 Bikes, Stage 14

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
121JAKES (SVK)KTM00:52:06- -
218SVITKO (SVK)KTM00:52:5100:00:45-
326PRICE (AUS)KTM00:53:1300:01:07-
47GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA  00:53:21  00:01:15-
51COMA (ESP)KTM00:55:1700:03:11-
5159C S SANTOSH (IND)  KTM01:25:5300:33:47-


Overall Top 5 Bikes, after Stage 14

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
11COMA (ESP)KTM46:03:49- -
27GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA  46:20:42  00:16:5300:17:00
326PRICE (AUS)KTM46:27:0300:23:14-
431QUINTANILLA (CHL)  KTM46:42:2700:38:38-
518SVITKO (SVK)KTM46:48:0600:44:17-
3659C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM60:39:2014:35:3100:40:00




Quads

Quads muddy way finish to the top
The least publicised competitors, and the few who had to take care of a huge machine on 4 wheels, behaving both as a 2 wheeler & a 4 wheeler. A tough machine to master over the course of 9k+ km over the harshest terrain.

Rafal 'Super' Sonik wins 2015 Dakar
Today Saaijman Willem, South African took his Yamaha to the stage win. Christophe Declerck was on his tail by 6 seconds, and Domaszewski by 9 seconds to the winner.

Rafal Sonik, or simply lovingly referred to as 'SuperSonik' won the 2015 edition of the dakar, by nearly 3 hours to the nearest rival, Gonzalez Ferioli & Nosiglia.

Top 5 Quads, Stage 14

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1286SAAIJMAN (ZAF)YAMAHA  01:05:05  - -
2260DECLERCK (FRA)YAMAHA01:05:1100:00:06-
3270DOMASZEWSKI (ARG)HONDA01:05:1400:00:09-
4278CARIGNANI (ITA)YAMAHA01:05:4400:00:39-
5256SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)  YAMAHA01:08:4700:03:42-


Overall Top 5 Quads, after Stage 14

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA57:18:39- 00:15:00
2261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)YAMAHA60:13:2902:54:50-
3283NOSIGLIA (BOL)HONDA61:01:3503:42:5600:20:00
4256SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)  YAMAHA  61:28:36  04:09:5700:01:30
5260DECLERCK (FRA)YAMAHA63:07:1905:48:40-





Cars

Codriver Baumel & Nasser Al-attiyah with their no.1 trophy - Dakar 2015

Nasser Al-attiyah & Marc Coma
Robby Gordon ripping the mud road
In the car race, Nasser Al-Attiyah boasts a lead of 35 minutes over second placed Giniel de Villiers and he managed to all problems, thereby claiming a second title on the Dakar this evening. 

However, today's stage was the consolation price for the American driver Robby Gordon, who was fastest through the 34 km special, while the top order cautiously treaded along the final kilometers to avoid risking their podium prospects.


Top 5 Cars, Stage 14

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1308GORDON (USA)
CAMPBELL (USA)
GORDINI00:13:16- -
2327POULTER (ZAF)
HOWIE (ZAF)
TOYOTA00:13:4100:00:25-
3316SPATARO (ARG)
LOZADA (ARG)
RENAULT  00:13:45  00:00:29-
4305TERRANOVA (ARG)
GRAUE (ARG)
MINI00:13:4700:00:31-
5303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA00:13:5000:00:34-


Overall Top 5 Cars, after Stage 14

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI40:32:25- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  41:07:59  00:35:34-
3307HOLOWCZYC (POL)
PANSERI (FRA)
MINI42:04:2601:32:01-
4314VAN LOON (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MINI43:34:1703:01:5200:40:00
5310VASILYEV (RUS)
ZHILTSOV (RUS)
MINI43:45:0603:12:41-





Trucks

Kamaz team, Airat Mardeev, Eduard Nikolaev & Andrey Karginov celebrating their top 3 victory - Dakar 2015

Airat Mardeev & Kamaz team
Kamaz
It would only be foolish to take risk on the final few tenths of kms after more than 9000 kilometers of serious racing over unbelievable terrain.

Kamaz team knew that, so did others. Iveco team still tried their best to pressurize the rivals in the final stage, but only to console themselves with a stage victory. Hans Stacey won the final leg, while Airat MardeevEduard Nikolaev & Andrey Karginov bagged their hard earned podium positions by the end of the race.

Top 5 Trucks, Stage 14

Pos.  N°   NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1504STACEY (NLD)
BRUYNKENS (BEL)
DER KINDEREN (NLD) 
IVECO00:20:31- -
2508VAN VLIET (NLD)
PRONK (NLD)
KLEIN (DEU)
MAN00:21:5200:01:21-
3507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  00:22:54  00:02:23-
4520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ00:23:1600:02:45-
5502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ00:24:0300:03:32-



Overall Top 5 Trucks, after Stage 14

Pos.  N°    NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ42:22:01- -
2502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ42:35:5300:13:52-
3500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  43:13:01  00:51:0000:01:00
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN44:18:3801:56:37-
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ44:46:3302:24:3200:02:00





What next?

2015 M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Rally roads before the event.
After a busy and long fortnight event, it is time for the first round of #WRC, Monte-Carlo Rally next week. This is completely different that what we were used for sometime now.

It is cold, no no no.. freezing cold, yes! Over the asphalt roads, although its barely seen at a few places, most is buried under snow & ice.

Sebastien Loeb
Citroen DS3 WRC with Loeb
Few changes in the regulations, newer cars with paddle shifters are some of the highlight for the season, and 7-time rally winner, and 9-time champion Sebastien Loeb will be returning for an one off rally.


And there is more.. a complete report will be made available soon!


Till then enjoy the playlist of the entire event of #Dakar2015 below,

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