Dakar Rally: Overall rankings starting to tighten up after Stage 10, 4 stages remain

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Editor’s note: Don’t miss Wednesday’s video highlights on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET.

Competitors in the 40th Dakar Rally were back on-track and on-course Tuesday for Stage 10 after Monday’s Stage 9 cancellation due to weather and impassable track conditions.

Stage 10 went from Salta, Argentina to Belen, Argentina.

Four stages remain to be completed in the 14-stage event, all in Argentina.

Here’s recaps of the top three classes: Bikes, Cars and Trucks, as well as statistics for both Quads and UTVs.

Also, click here for Stage 10 video highlights.

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BIKES

What a disastrous round it was for several riders in the category.

Toby Price and several other top riders, including American Ricky Brabec, got lost in a river bed and cost themselves significant time, not to mention positions in the stage and overall.

Stage 8 leader Adrian Van Beveren joined the growing list of riders that were eliminated after crashing three kilometers from the end of the stage.

Beveren was airlifted out after complaining of grogginess that likely was a result of a concussion. But that wasn’t the worst of it: he suffered a broken collarbone as well as chest and back injuries and was hospitalized, ending his 2018 Rally.

The mishaps to Beveren and Price, among others, allowed Austria’s Matthias Walkner to take over the category lead over Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla.

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CARS

France’s Stephane Peterhansel continued his winning ways, capturing yet another stage triumph.

But Spain’s Carlos Sainz remains in the overall lead with a 50-minute edge over Peterhansel with four stages remaining in the Rally, which ends Saturday.

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah once again suffered misfortune when the rear suspension on his car broke late in the stage.

Al-Attiyah was closing in on Peterhansel, just 2 minutes behind, when the part broke and he limped to the finish nearly 30 minutes behind Peterhansel.

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TRUCKS

The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten is proving to be a surprisingly strong contender, capturing the win in Stage 10 to improve to fourth in the overall rankings.

Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold a nearly 25-minute lead in the overall rankings over Argentina’s Federico Villagra, who finished second in Tuesday’s stage.

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WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

Stage 11 takes place Wednesday, going from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.

After that, only three stages remain in the 2018 Rally.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

MORE: Stage 7 wrapup

MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup

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STAGE 10 RESULTS:

CARS

  • France’s Stephane Peterhansel, Peugeot, 4:43:46
  • South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 4:52:32
  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 4:56:53
  • UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi, Peugeot, 5:02:57
  • The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, Toyota, 5:06:08

OVERALL RANKINGS

  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  • France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 50:35 behind
  • Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:12:46 behind
  • The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, 1:22:15 behind
  • South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, 1:22:48 behind

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MOTORCYCLES

  • Austria’s Matthias Walkner, KTM, 4:52:26
  • Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 5:04:01
  • Spain’s Gerard Farres, KTM, 5:08:47
  • Spain’s Oriol Mena, Hero Speed Brain, 5:13:11
  • Spain’s Juan Pedrero Garcia, Sherco, 5:13:50

AMERICAN RIDERS

  •    8th: Andrew Short, Husqvarna, 5:16:39
  •    9th: Mark Samuels, Honda, 5:17:16
  •    25th: Ricky Brabec, Honda, 5:48:39
  •    29th: Shane Esposito, KTM, 5:57:01
  •    73rd: Bill Conger, Husqvarna, 8:21:37

OVERALL RANKINGS

  • Austria’s Matthias Walkner
  • Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, 39:42 behind
  • Argentina’s Kevin Benevides, 41:23 behind
  • Spain’s Gerard Farres, 47:46 behind
  • Australia’s Toby Price, 50:18 behind

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TRUCKS

  • Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, Iveco, 5:31:49
  • Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 5:32:22
  • Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, Maz, 5:42:58
  • Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 5:54:03
  • Russia’s Airat Mardeev, Kamaz, 5:56:23

OVERALL 

  • Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  • Argentina’s Federico Villagra, 24:44 behind
  • Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, 3:48:30 behind
  • Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, 4:08:54 behind
  • Russia’s Airat Mardeev, 4:25:40 behind

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QUADS

  • Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, Yamaha, 6:35:26
  • Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, Yamaha, 6:37:32
  • Chile’s Ignacia Casale, Yamaha, 6:41:49
  • Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Shilov, Yamaha, 6:45:44
  • Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, Yamaha, 6:51:25

OVERALL

  • Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  • Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, 1:41:03 behind
  • Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, 1:42:56 behind
  • France’s Alex Dutrie, 3:27:52 behind
  • Peru’s Alexis Hernandez, 3:35:47 behind

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SxS UTV

  • France’s Patricie Garrouste, Polaris, 6:37:07
  • Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:46:37
  • Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, Polaris, 8:09:07
  • Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 8:21:22
  • France’s Claude Fournier, Polaris, 8:52:59

OVERALL 

  • Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  • France’s Patricie Garroueste, 48:12 behind
  • Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos, 59:46 behind
  • Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, 7:58:35 behind
  • France’s Claude Fournier, 8:11:00 behind

 

Jimmie Johnson won’t race full time in 2023; leaves open possibility of returning at Ganassi

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Though he remains uncertain of his plans for next year, Jimmie Johnson won’t race full time in 2023, scaling back his schedule after running a full 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season.

“This was a difficult choice for me, but in my heart, I know it’s the right one,” Johnson said in a statement Monday morning. “I’m not exactly sure what the next chapter holds, but if an opportunity comes along that makes sense, I will consider it. I still have a bucket list of racing events I would like to take part in. Competing at this level in IndyCar has been such a great experience.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to race for than Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing. Everyone worked extremely hard for the last two seasons, pushing to get the best performances out of me every single week. The support from my crew and teammates Dario (Franchitti), Scott (Dixon), Tony (Kanaan), Marcus (Ericsson) and Alex (Palou) went above and beyond anything I could have ever asked for.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON: An analysis of his racing options for the 2023 season

Driving the No. 48 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, Johnson ranked 21st in the 2022 points standings with a career-best fifth place July 24 at Iowa Speedway.

After running only road and street courses for Ganassi in 2021, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion added ovals this year. In his Indy 500 debut, he qualified 12th and finished 28th after a late crash.

“I do have a desire to go back (to IndyCar), it’s just at this point, I know what’s required to do a full schedule, and I don’t have that in me,” Johnson told AP. “I don’t have that passion that I need for myself to commit myself to a full season.”

That leaves open the concept of Johnson returning part time with Ganassi, perhaps exclusively on ovals.

“We are fully supportive of Jimmie,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a statement. “He has been a valued member of our team and if we can find a way to continue working together, we would like to do so.”

During IndyCar’s season finale race weekend, Johnson told reporters Sept. 9 that he planned to explore his options with wife Chandra and daughters Evie and Lydia. Johnson told the Associated Press that his family is considering living abroad for a year or two, and he has toyed with the idea of running in the World Endurance Championship sports car series because of its international locales.

Johnson hasn’t ruled out IndyCar, IMSA sports cars or even a cameo in NASCAR next year. Since retiring from full-time NASCAR after the 2020 season, he has entered the endurance races of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac (including Saturday’s Petit Le Mans season finale). Johnson also wants to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a prime candidate for the Garage 56 entry (a joint project of NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports).

Johnson told the AP he is interested in becoming the latest driver to try “The Double” and run both the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 on the same day (the most recent was Kurt Busch in 2014).

“You know me and endurance sports, and ‘The Double’ sounds awesome,” Johnson, a four-time Coke 600 winner, told AP. “I’ve always had this respect for the guys who have done ‘The Double.’ I would say it is more of a respect thing than a bucket-list item, and I’d love to put some energy into that idea and see if I can pull it off.”

It is less likely that he would return to IMSA’s endurance events because its top prototype series is being overhauled, limiting the amount of inventory available for the new LMDh cars in the rebranded GTP division.

Johnson has confirmed that he would retain primary sponsor Carvana, which has backed him in IndyCar the past two years. He revealed his decision Monday during the last episode of “Reinventing the Wheel,” Carvana Racing’s eight-part docuseries about his 2023 season.

“I’m thankful for the partnership with a company like Carvana for allowing me to take this journey in IndyCar, for seeing the value in our partnership and being open to future opportunities together,” Johnson said. “They have truly showed me that there are no finish lines in life. Along with Carvana, The American Legion, Ally, cbdMD and Frank August were there every step of the way, and I couldn’t have done it without all of them. Most importantly — and the true rockstars in all of this –my family, Chani, Evie and Lydia. They have always allowed me to chase my dreams, and we are all just really excited about what the future holds for all of us. I have enjoyed every minute of these last two years.”

Said Carvana co-founder Ryan Keeton: “During the past two years, Jimmie Johnson has been so amazing to collaborate with. Our team admires his passion, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement while also having fun, and we look forward to continuing to support him next year in this new chapter.”