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DAKAR 2018 DAY 8 LIVE - Sunday 14 January: Uyuni to Tupiza, Bolivia
Bikes start 13h15 SA time; cars 15h00
Today's stage: 585km, Special: 498km. Altitude 3500-4800m ASL
Come back here to follow the action as it unfolds today


21h00 all:  Monday's Dakar Day 8 racing stage has been cancelled due to the current extreme wet conditions. The convoy will now make its way to Slata in its own time. The TreasuryOne Live Blog will continue when the racing starts again on Tuesday

20h:45 cars: The car stage is over and it proved a cracker today. Overall leader, Spain’s Carlos Sainz pulled his horns in and drove a steady race in his Peugeot as he left the rest to fight it out for second. Gazoo Toyota South Africa’s Qatari star Nasser Al Attiyah went toe to toe with Mr.Dakar Stephane Peterhansel in their dice for second but they were not alone as Peugeot water carrier Cyril Despres was out to prove a point and Toyota’s Bernhard ten Brinke mixed it up after Giniel de Villiers dropped back due to an early problem lost him 20 minutes.

Then Al Attiyah started losing time shortly after moving back in to the lead to allow Peterhansel and Despres through with ten Brinke and Mini man Orlando Terranova looming large in the mirrors

Peterhansel eventually emerged on top of a frantic day’s racing, a minute clear of Despres with Al Attiyah third another minute behind. Ten Brinke wound up fourth from Terranova and Sainz, while de Villiers cawed back to ninth behind Pryzgonski’s Mini and Sheikh Al Qassimi’s Peugeot. That saw Sainz leading overall by a reduced margin of an hour and six minutes over Al Attiyah with Peterhansel third just , ten Brinke fourth and de Villiers back to fifth

19h30 cars: Sainz is also losing time - 3 minutes in the last sector

19h15 cars: Al Attiyah loses 2 minutes 45 in Section 8 and more in Section 9 to drop behind Peterhansel and Despres as ten Brinke coses from behind. With two sections to go will this let Peterhansel through to second overall? 

19h00 cars: The fight goes on up front - Nasser Al Attiyah is back in the day's lead - all of 2 seconds clear of Peterhansel with Despres now back to third, ahead of Terranova's Mini, Sainz and Ten Brinke

18h45 bikes: The leading motorcycles have finished the day in a stage that proved sensational on several fronts. Honda-mounted Californian Ricky Brabec waged a day-long battle with KTM duo, Frenchman Antoine Meo and Aussie Toby Price up front, while overall leaders Kevin Benavides, Matthias Walkner and Adrien van Beveren kept a watching brief alongside Stefan Svitko and Joan Barreda rode a cagey race favouring a hurt knee but keeping close enough to the battle ahead.

Meo eventually won the day by one minute from Brabec with Price a further minute and a half adrift. Walkner took fourth from Benavedies, Svitko and van Beveren, those four all within 90 seconds of each other.  

The upshot was that van Beveren emerged in the overall lead by all of 22 seconds over Benavides with Walkner third 6 minutes adrift but with Price, Barreda and Meo al within 4 minutes behind him. This motorcycle race is still wide open. There was drama on the day however as the Marquis Xavier de Soultrait crashed out with a broken leg and frontrunner Pablo Quintanila lost an hour when he crashed his Husqvarna.

Of the South Africans, David Thomas was in the stage in 52nd on his Husqvarna and KTM men, Donavan van de Langeberg 76th, Willem du Toit 77th and Gerry van der Byl 97th 

18h14 cars: Cyril Despres has now moved into the lead of the stage as Nasser Al Attiyah claws back his deficit to Peterhansel in second. Terranove sits fourth from overall leader Sainz playing it safr and ten brinke as de Villiers hods station 20 minutes behind

17h50 cars: Al Attiyah has clawed a little of his deficit back from Peterhansel and Despres who is running second albeit a few checkpoints behind. Sainz sits fourth from ten Brinke with de Villiers well back but now maintaining the gap after his earlier delay 

17h45 cars: We have a third-hand account of what happened to the TreasuryOne guys - it is said that they crashed towards the end of the stage yesterday and broke a couple of control arms. Gerhard did the best he could to get them home and then did what he could at the overnight stop and the pan is that they will try and ease it home today. So far so good, but It's an epic story either way - hope to have it from the horse's mouth soon!

17h25 bikes: Californian Ricky Brabec continues to lead Antoine Meo and Toby Price on two wheels with little much other change since the earlier dramas. 

17h15 cars: Peterhansel continues to pie on the pressure to open his lead on Alttiyah to 2 minutes as he closes in on the Qatari in their fight for second overall. Despres sat third from ten Brinke, Terranova and Sainz 4 minutes off his flying teammate, while de Villiers matched Peterhansel, albeit 19 minutes off in 21st following his earlier delay

16h50 cars: Stephane Peterhansel moves into the lead of today's stage  56 seconds clear of Al Attiyah, Despres and Ten Brinke as de Villiers slipped to 12th after his delay. Overall leader Sainz meanwhile bides his time in 8th. Let's see if he reacts to Peterhansel's charge...

16h40 cars: Great news as  TreasuryOne duo Hennie de Kerk and Gerhard Schutte come out of sector 1 fina;y confirming they are stil in the race after Saturday's woes. They are running and just passed today's CP1 in 34th! Still no idea what happened last night but there they are - up and running strong.

16h25 cars: Giniel de Villiers lost 18 minutes in sector 3 while teammate Al Attiyah and Ten Brinke continue to fight for second with Peterhansel, who was second again through CP2, this time just a second off quickest man Attiyah's pace...

16h15 bikes: Now Pablo Quintanilla takes a heavy tumble off his Husqvarna and loses 50 minutes before getting going again. Brabec has meanwhie taken the bike ead from Meo, Price, Walkner, Svitko, Benavides and van Beveren

16h00 - cars: Peterhansel passes the first control second8 seconds behind Al Attiyah and a minute cear of ten Brinke and de Villiers. We have a race on our hands...

15h50 - bikes: Two thirds into the bike stage, Meo still leads Brabec and Price, Walkner Benavides, Svitko and van Beveren, while Barreda seems to have found his mojo to take back a little of the time lost to today's leaders

15h45 - cars: Attiyah leads de Villiers, Prokop, Sainz and Przygonski at the end of section 2, while Ten Brinke is on the move, edging de Villiers to third at CP1

15h40 - cars: Back to the Dakar - while there is still no news from Uyuni, TreasuryOne duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte do appear on today's start list and they also do not show on Saturday's lengthy withdrawals list. Suppose we just need to see if and when they appear at the end of today's first section...

15h35 other: Talking about South Africans racing abroad, Simon Murray and Bradey Liebenberg had a great run and won their class in the Dubai 24 hour over the weekend - read all about their adventures here

15h30 bikes: South Africa's David Thomas continues his solid run in chase of a finish this year - the Husqvarna rider was running 46th as we typed. KTM mounted compatriots Donovan van de Langeberg sat 64th, Willem du Toit 70th and Gerry van der Byl 99th.

15h25 cars: Sainz blasts out of Sector one but de Villiers is 44 seconds quicker and Al Attiyah takes a minute out of both of them, while Martin Prokop slots his Ford F150 ahead of Sainz too...

14h55 bikes: Sunday's drama continues on two wheels, while Joan Barreda slips slowly back nursing an injured knee, news just in is that Viscount Xavier de Soultrait is out of the Dakar. 6th overnight, the Frenchman took a big tumble this morning, hurt his left leg and was casevaced in a helicopter. On the stage Meo now leads Brabec, Price, Quintanilla, Walkner and Benavides

14h30 cars: The cars get away in half an hour. Still no tangible news from Uyuni regarding TreasuryOne duo de Klerk and Schutte bar that they appear on today['s starting list so likely made the finish last night

14h30 bikes: No real change up front but Barreda is losing time as he struggles to find pace

13h30 bikes: Today's race already has a very different complexion as Antoine Méo and Toby Price make the running for KTM ahead of Ricky Brabec's Honda, Pablo Quintanilla's Husqvarna, Kevin Benavides' Honda and Matthias Walkner's KTM after sector 2 as yesterday's sensation Barreda struggles - plausibly with that knee injury hampering progress. Has KTM released that rein?

11h50 - cars: We still have no further news on the status of Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte's plight in the TreasuryOne Amarok, except that they do appear in 46th on today's start list. The pair had enjoyed a brilliant stage until the penultimate sector yesterday, where the results show they lost 4 hours 30 minutes. The results had however not been updated at all overnight, but we should get some idea of the situation soon, as it is now just before 6am in Uyuni. They did pass the last checkpoint, but we are not sure if it was under their own power or under tow. Being a service-free marathon stage bivouac holds other challenges, but we will let you know any news as soon as we have it...

11h45 - quads: French rider Axel Dutrie aso took his maiden day's win in only his second Dakar when he beat beat Marcelo Medeiros ti Uyuni by 4'50' and overall leader Ignacio Casale by 8'58

11h40 - trucks: Ton van Genugten took his maiden Dakar stage win Uyuni, two minutes clear of Federico Villagra and almost five ahead of Eduard Nikolayev, who remains in the overall lead by a substantial margin

11h35 - review: Catch up on all the news from Saturday's sensational stage here

11h30 - all: Today is the big one — not only will crews head straight into 500km of special on the second day of the marathon stage without the comfort of servicing their vehicles, but they face the extreme test of high-altitude sand dunes at some 3500m above sea level following an already sensational first half of the marathon stage on Saturday. Follow Sunday's news as it breaks right here on TreasuryOne’s Dakar Live Blog


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