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

 

Robert Wickens in the Indy 500? Bryan Herta making plans to field a car for next year

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bryan Herta wants to enter Robert Wickens in the Indy 500 as early as 2024 – a year longer than preferred as work continues on the hand controls needed for the paralyzed driver.

Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash at Pocono Raceway in his 2018 IndyCar rookie season. He’s worked as a driver coach for the Arrow McLaren IndyCar team since, but last year with Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai returned to racing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

The 33-year-old Canadian won a pair of races (including the season opener at Daytona) driving a Hyundai Elantra N-TCR that is fitted for Wickens to race strictly through hand controls. Herta said Thursday that perfecting that technology for an Indy car in the biggest race in the world has slowed the project he’s determined to do with Wickens.

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“I’d love to take Robbie back to Indy because I know he could do that, and I think that would be a next step for him in his journey,” Herta told The Associated Press. “We’ve spent a lot of time looking at the logistical side of things, hand controls, and I think we have solutions for that.”

Herta said Honda has been supportive of the process, which Herta called “one of the most important things we’ve done in racing” last year.

“We actually looked at doing it this year, but the logistics of it, the timing, it just wasn’t enough,” Herta said. “That’s not something you can rush. There’s some things that we have to work very closely with IndyCar on, and things we just have to get right. It’s a process, but I can see a path to it.”

Wickens, when told his boss was openly discussing the Indy 500, grinned widely. Herta as a team owner won the Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon and Alexander Rossi.

“That’d be fun,” he said of running the Indy 500.

But like Herta, Wickens said the effort has to be both done correctly and be competitive.

“We’d like to do it right. If we started right now, can we get a car ready for the open test in April? Probably,” Wickens told The AP. “But I don’t know where the systems would be and I want to get on proper simulators to make sure its correct.

“We all want to do a proper, professional effort,” he added. “I don’t want to do it for a marketing campaign. I want to do it for a chance to win.”

Wickens later tweeted about the possibility of racing the Indy 500 and said his goal was “always to get back to the top level of motorsport” whether it’s IndyCar or IMSA.

Wickens in 2021 did a demonstration in Canada that marketed advancements for paralyzed drivers and gave him a chance to again drive. His entire life had been upended 14 races into his rookie IndyCar season, just three months after winning top rookie honors at the Indianapolis 500.

Wickens has since married, returned to racing last year and welcomed the birth of his first child, an son named Wesley whom is infatuated with both race cars and the trip to Disney he took this week during the off days at Daytona International Speedway.

Wickens, who uses a wheelchair but can stand with some support, marks a full year back racing on Friday in the season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race. Despite success last season, Herta made changes to his lineups and Wickens this year will be teamed with Harry Gottsacker.