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DAKAR 2018 STAGE 2 LIVE - Sunday 7 January: Pisco - Pisco
Bikes start 14h34 SA time; cars 13h00
Today's stage: 279kmm, Special: 267km. Altitude 10-750m
Come back here to follow the action as it unfolds today

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20h14 - bikes - Spain's Joan Barreda took the two wheeler day for Honda ahead of French Yamaha' rider Adrien Van Beveren and Austrian Matthias Walner's KTM, Honda riders Michel Metge and Kevin Benavedes with Pablo Quintanilla sixth for Husqvarna. Of the South Africans, David Thomas has slipped to 58th, Donovan van der KLangeberg 78th, Wessel Bosman was 95th and Gerrie van der Byl and Wessel Bosman riding together in 119th and 120th at various waypoints along the route.

19h00 - cars: Hennie de Klerk brings the TresasuryOne Amarok home a fine 30th overall - that's up from a 58th position start this morning!

18h45 - bikes - There has been a bit of a shake up at the head of the bike field as they charge home to the finish - Joan Barreda has hover hauled earlier front runners Adrien Van Beveren and Pablo Quintanilla, with defending champion Sam Sunderland 5 minutes back in ninth. Of the South Africans, David Thomas has slipped to 58th, Donovan van der KLangeberg 78th, Wessel Bosman was 95th and Gerrie van der Byl and Wessel Bosman riding together in 119th and 120th at various waypoints along the route.

17h55 - Day 2 Report
DAKAR DRAMA
Despres wins amid on & off track challenges

Dakar 2018 got down to serious business with a bruising second day across a 263km route of dune racing around the Peruvian port of Pisco, with the event starting out cruel for some as top contenders faltered and crashed and a timing system glitch initially spat out wrong results to get many a hope a little too high…

It appears that there was some sort of glitch in the Dakar timing service that initially showed South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers as having won the day and also as the overall leader. The system then crashed and when it spluttered back to life, Giniel was however credited with fourth for the day, 7 minutes behind a Peugeot 1-2-3  headed by stage winner, Frenchman Cyril Despres ahead of teammates and countrymen Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb, 

Giniel did have a great final section in the real world, as he passed both Orlando Terranova’s fifth placed Mini and Carlos Sainz’ Peugeot in that dramatic last sector to move into fourth overall behind Peterhansel, Despres and Loeb and ahead of Sainz and Terranova in the overall standings. Miko Hirvonen brought the Mini buggy home seventh ahead of overnight leader Nasser Al Attiyah in the second Toyota, Martin Prokop in a SA-built Ford Ranger and Ronan Chabot in a Toyota, to make it four South African-built cars in the top ten.

Also of South African interest, Hennie de Klerk was having a good day as we wrote, moving up to 30th from his 59th starting position in the TreasuryOne Amarok — refresh this page later for news of Hennie’s final position later.

The Peugeots however dominated from the outset, with an intra-team battle raging between the four drivers and the lead swapping between Peterhansel and Despres as Loeb kept a watching brief. The Borgward that so impressed on Saturday faded, while several other drivers struggled through a day of attrition. 

Dakar rookie Bryce Menzies, who was fourth overnight, crashed his Mini buggy heavily to retire, while the Minis of Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Boris Garafulic collided in the dunes with both crews waiting for assistance to repair their vehicles amomng the many tales of woe of a rough and tough second day of Dakar 2018… 

French Honda rider Adrien van Beveren meanwhile led the motorcycles through the midpoint CP3 ahead of Chilean Pablo Quintanilla’s Husqvarna, Argentinians Kevin Benavedes’ Honda and Franco Caimi’s Yamaha, Spain’s Juan Barreda Bort on a Honda and German Matthias Walkner on the fastest of the KTMs. Of the South Africans, only David Thomas had passed CP1 in 46th on his Husqvarna. Come back later and refresh the page for final standings.



17h30 - bikes: French Honda rider Adrien van Beveren meanwhile led the motorcycles through the midpoint CP3 ahead of Quintanilla's Husqvarna, Benavedes' Honda, Caimi's Yamaha, Barreda Bort' on a Honda and Walkner on the fastest of the KTMs. Of the South Africans, only David Thomas had passed CP1 in 46th on his Husqvarna.

17h25 - cars: Through all of that, the TreasuryOne Amarok continues to impress, passing CP3 in a healthy 32nd overall...

17h20 - cars: It appears that there was some sort of glitch in the Dakar timing service that initially showed South Africa's Giniel de Villiers as having won the day. Giniel however ended up fourth for the day, 7 minutes behind a Peugeot 1-2-3  headed by stage winner Cyril Despres, Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb, although Giniel did pass both Orlando Terranova 's fifth placed Mini and Carlos Sainz' Peugeot in that dramatic last sector to move into fourth overall behind Peterhansel, Despres and Loeb and ahead of Sainz and Terranova

* The previous incorrect info was derived from the Dakar timing system, which reported incorrect results slightly before the system crashed. Our apologies for the initial incorrect information...

16h55 - cars: While the Dakar timing system has crashed, it seems Giniel de Villiers indeed came home a close second to Peugeot's Cyril Despres, coming from behind to beat both Peterhansel and Loeb home to move into the overall Dakar lead. We will confirm all as soon as comms are restored! 

16h40 - cars: Despres comes home to take the day - but only 15 seconds clear of de Villiers whoi appears to have stolen a highly unlikely second on the day to take the overall Dakar lead...

16h28 - cars: Giniel has beaten Peterhansel to the finish by 25 seconds - he maintains the provisional lead ! Now what of the other Peugeots and Terranova?

16h25 - cars: Hennie de Klerk is now up to 30th at CP2 in the TreasuryOne Amarok

16h20 - cars: Giniel  finishes as he takes 2 minutes out of Nasser on the final stretch - how will that translate over the Peugeots - especially Sainz who Giniel is dicing for fourth overall?

16h15 - cars: Nasser Al Attiyah is the first car home, but there are several faster cars now approaching the finish...

16h10 - cars: It's Peugeot versus Peugeot up front, as Peterhansel takes 23 seconds out of Despres and Loeb keeps within striking distance into CP5 while de Villiers hods station in sixth as he closes down Sainz and Terranova ahead...

16h00 - cars: With the top ten cars now through CP5, it's still a Peugeot 1-2-3-4 with Despres leading Peterhansel, Loeb and the resurgent Sainz. Orlando Terranova's Mini is best of the rest with de Villiers' Toyota closing him down ahead of Al Attiyah's Toyota seventh from Prokop in the Ford.

15h50 - cars: Cyril Despres is now the provisional overall leader at CP4, 30 seconds clear of Peterhansel, while Toyota trio, the now flying de Villiers, Attiyak and ten Brinke are headed toward the finish of the day after passing CP5

15h45 - cars: That's more iike it! Giniel de Viiliers has taken over a minute out of Stephane Peterhansel's 7-minute lead between WPs 3 and 4, while Martin Prokop surprises by passing CP4 fourth fastest in his SA-built Ford Ranger behind Peterhansel, de Villiers and Attiyah...

15h43 - bikes: Sam Sunderland is about to kick off the motorcycle special with Adrien van Beveren, Pablo Quintanilla, Joan Barreda, Xavier de Soultrait and Matthias Walkner right behind him.

15h40 - cars: Giniel continues to lead the Toyota trio through CP4, but Bernhard ten Brinke has lost six minutes over the South African, while Attiyah is a minute off the Stellenbosch driver. That said, the flying Peugeots are still fast approaching WP4...

15h30 - cars: With the top ten cars now through WP3, Stephane Peterhansel now leads a Peugeot 1-2-3 over Sebastien Loeb and  Cyril Desres, with Orlando Terranova best of the rest in the Mini and now six minutes off the Peugeot pace and a minute clear of Giniel de Villiers in fifth

15h09 - cars: Great news from WP1 is that South African TreasuryOne duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte are through in 32nd overall - 27 positions up on their starting position!

15h11 - cars:  News from the stage confirms that the Minis od Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Czech racer Boris Garafulic have collided in the dunes with both crews now are waiting for assistance to repair their vehicles...

15h09 - cars: De Villiers is the quickest of the trio of Toyotas to pass CP3 at this point, just a second faster than ten Brinke... 

15h05 - cars: A chink appears in Peugeot's armour as Carlos Sainz (fastest through WP1) passeas WP2 0ver 8 minutes off the flying Peterhansel, while Nani Roma continues to haemorrhage time in the Min, 12 minutes off the pace and local hero Fuchs and the Borgward appear to be struggling 21 minutes off the leaders...

14h55 - cars : Loeb now provisionally second through WP2 1:34 behind Peterhansel with Despres though 2 minutes off Peter in third Terranova fourth so far , but Sainz is late. Ten Brinke and Attiyah are first through WP3 while we wait for the Peugeots there...

14h45 - cars: Peterhansel smashes through WP2 4 minutes 24 seconds faster than currently next best Ten Brinke! If this is Peugeot's real pace they will be very difficult to beat this yea. Now for Sainz, Loeb and Desres at WP2...

14h37 - cars: De Villiers is through WP2 59 seconds off ten Brinke's pace but 11 sec faster then Attiyah. The Borgward  was 6 minutes off the pace at WP1, while Nani Roma's Mini had lost 10 minutes, plausibly assisting his stricken teammate Menzies, but he had already clawed back 3 of those minutes when he was fourth to clear WP2, but what of the Peugeots that dominated with Loeb now second behind Sainz and ahead of Peterhansel in a 1-2-3-4 formation at CP1?

14h35 - cars: More from WP1 is that Carlos Sainz is now quickest, 1:29 faster than Peterhansel with Cyril Despres third in the third Peugeot, de Villiers. Terranova's Mini, Ten Brinke and Attiyah.

14h25 - cars: News from waypoint 1 just in is that Stéphane Peterhansel  was fastest of the first 10 competitors have already through, ahead of Giniel De Villiers and Nasser Al-Attiyah trailing. Dakar rookie Bryce Menzies, who was fourth overnight,  has meanwhile been reported to have crashed his Mini buggy...

14h23 - cars: the first two cars show up at WP2 with Bernhard ten Brinke 1 minute 14 seconds quicker through the two-thirds mark than overnight leader, Gazoo Toyota teammate Nasser Al Attiyah.

14h10 - cars: Over an hour since the first car left but still no news from the field, besides that 47 cars have departed the Day 2 start...

13h14 - cars: Six cars are now in the stage as Giniel de Villiers sets off...

13h04 - cars: Nasser Al Attiyah's SA-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux would have by now set off to commence Dakar 2018's Day 2 action into the open section. Teammate Bernhard ten Brinke followed three minutes later with each car setting off in 3 minute intervals.  Once the cars enter the special stage, waypoint 1 is around 50km into the stage, so we should start getting info within half an hour or so...

12h30 - all: Starting in 30 minutes when the cars take to the 267km loop around the dunes Pisco off the Peruvian Pacific coast, there are 5 waypoints en route to enable us to follow progress every 20 minutes to half an hour to the finish. The side-by-side crews set off at 14h03 SA time, the bikes set off at 15h30 and the quads an hour later, while the trucks get going 17h50 SA time - or 12h50 in Pisco.

12h15 - cars: Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin has slammed the banning of maps in the cars on the Dakar as a ploy to derail his pre-event favourite team. Crews are this year forced to rely only on the organisers’ road book and the event-supplied GPS system, while top seeded crews are now also no longer allowed to carry any form of phone, tablet, or GPS watch apart from a satellite phone for emergencies. 
“I do not take this change of regulations as something personal at all,” Famin complained “But I take it as something unsportsmanlike. “They do not want the same leader the first day, they prefer that there is an opportunity for someone to get lost and for me, that’s not sport — it makes the Dakar a lottery." 
But Dakar sport director Marc Coma argues that the change is not directed at Peugeot, but rather as an opportunity to ensure that high-tech systems don’t take the element of navigation out of the event. “Lately, professional teams came to have a map detail that helped them a lot in navigation,” former multiple Dakar motorcycle winner Coma explained. 
“Since my arrival at the sporting direction of the race, my battle point has always been to fight for navigation to remain part of the game and now the teams have to have the same elements: a Trip Master, the GPS and the road book that we give them. With these three elements they have to be able to orient themselves. "The objective really is that navigation is important and that the driver and the team that can read the roadbook better, have their reward. And that everyone has the same elements.”
“They had a system especially if they were lost to find themselves easier with the coordinates,” Alex Haro, Nani Roma’s Mini co-driver explained. “Now I think we’re all alike.” Toyota team manager Glyn Hall added: “It’s now more fair for everybody and it will let the amateurs get closer to the factory teams and it makes it more level for the top teams. “I understand Peugeot is unhappy because they spent so much on making the maps, which I think it was not fair — we should make the sport more accessible to drivers who make the sport viable in the future.”

12h00 - cars: Toyota has yet to win the Dakar,  but regulation changes ahead of the 2018 race have opened the way for the South African Gazoo Racing team to challenge the mighty Peugeots, with Toyota team boss hopeful that his 4x4 bakkies can finally beat the French buggies in their swansong Dakar. “All I know is, we are faster than before," Hall admitted before the start of the opening stage that brought a Toyota 1-2 on Saturday. 
"How much faster I do not know, we'll see, but for sure we're faster than we've ever been, that is clear. “If we can race with the Peugeots, then we must try and hold them through the dunes in Peru - if we can do that, maybe we'll be okay.” Hall however still has concerns over the high-altitude running on the Bolivian Plateau, where Toyota's normally-aspirated engine has usually struggled against Peugeot's twin-turbo diesel. “I think on the tight off-piste road, we have a very good chance, and in the rally road in La Paz area - but we are hoping, we are hoping that even in the sand dune we will be similar pace - we'd be be happy." 
Toyota opted to leave its 4x2 buggy at home. “We developed a buggy last year, but we knew that the new 2019 regulations would be more equal, so we focused on 4x4, again this year.” 

11h30 - all: Quick reminder that today (Sunday 7 January's) Day 2 stage sees cars start first at 13h00 SA time. The stage will be a 267km dune challenge to test crews to the limit around Pisco - follow the action as it happens here on the TreasuryOne live blog.

11:15 - all: Saturday's results (and today's leading starting order) are as follows:
Cars: 
1. Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota) 
2. Bernard Ten Brinke (Toyota) 
3. Nicholas Fuchs (Borgward) 
4. Bryce Menzies (Mini)
5. Nani Roma (Mini)
6. Giniel de Villiers (Toyota)
7. Lucio Alvares (Toyota)
8. Mikko Hirvonen (Mini)
9. Jakub Pryzgonski (Mini)
10. Martin Prokop (Ford)
59. Hennie de Klerk (TreasuryOne Amarok)

Motorcycles
1. Sam Sunderland (KTM)
2. Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) 
3. Perdo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)
4. Joan Barreda-Bort (Honda)
5. Xavier de Coultrait (Yamaha) 
6. Mattias Walkner (KTM)
29. David Thomas (Husqvarna)
86. Willem du Toit (KTM)
98. Donovan van de Langeberg (KTM)
115 Wessel Bosman (KTM)
116 Gerrie van der Byl (KTM)

Quads
Ignacio Casale (Yamaha) 
Sergey Karyakin (Yamaha) 
Sebastien Soulday (Polaris)

Side by Side 
1. Anibal Aliaga (Polaris) 
2. Jose-Louis Pena-Campo (Polaris) 
3. Claude Fournier. (Polaris)

Trucks
1. Ales Loprais (Tatra), storming
2. Martin ten Brinke’s (Renault) 
3. Eduard Nikolaiev (Kamaz) 


10h30 - trucks: Last to run on Saturday's opening stage, the Dakar trucks saw Czech Ales Loprais striking first blood for Tatra, storming in 22 seconds clear of Dutch driver Martin ten Brinke's Renault, with Russia's 2017 winner Eduard Nikolaiev third in a Kamaz and another Dutch driver Ton van Genugten fourth for Iveco. 

10h15 - Side by Side: Although there are only eleven of them, the side by side competitors race in their own class, where local hero Anibal Aliaga gave Peru something to shout for by heading a Polaris 1-2-3 from Spain's Jose-Louis Pena-Campo and Frenchman Claude Fournier. 

08h00 - all: Sunday’s Day 2 action sees a 267km dune challenge to test crews to the limit around Pisco - follow the action as it happens on the TreasuryOne www.motorsportmedia.co.za live blog starting 13h00 SA time.