Dakar 2017, stage 1: Victoria and engine failure for Al-Attiyah


The first stage of the Dakar in the categories of cars, UTV
and trucks has had a name of its own, the pilot of qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah.
However, the brand new signing of Toyota has added to his first victory of
stage, although meters after crossing the finish line suffered caught fire in the
the engine of his Toyota Hilux V8
. His teammate Giniel de Villiers has had to
tow it to iterate link. For their part, the brothers Colonel have marked a doublet in the category UTV,
while in the truck Martin Kolomy has been imposed in the first
kilometres of competition for the ‘elephants of the desert’


The 39 kilometers of the first special stage of the Dakar 2017 seemed a mere formality, but the fords of water and the dreaded reliability have played the first bad past. In this aspect, the more he suffered the first incident of the race was the winner of the stage. Nasser Al-Attiyah scored with a time of 25:41 for the second after suffering an engine problem. Caught fire by the qatari grew his joy in concern, any time you Giniel de Villiers -fifth in special- had to tow it to his team mate during the long stretch of link to the city of Resistance.

Problems of Al-Attiyah at the margin, the first stage of the Dakar has left a clear domain of the naturally aspirated engines, as well as demonstrates the second place from Xevi Pons and the third of Nani Roma. As an exception that breaks the rule, Carlos Sainz has finished fourth with the 3008 DKR 33 seconds of the head, to lead 22 seconds to his teammate Sébastien Loeb, the frenchman has been sixth behind De Villiers. Within the top ten have also been cast Yazeed Al-Rajhi as the best pilot of the X-Raid, Cyril Despres, Mikko Hirvonen and Erik Van Loon.

The current winner of the Dakar, has opted for prudence and that has caused Stéphane Peterhansel finished the stage twelfth, to 1:34 minutes of the head. It has not been the only one who has finished this first stage with a loss similar time as Martin Prokop has lost 2:16 minutes in his debut with the Ford F150. Finally, it is worth noting that among the Spanish riders, Xavi Foj, Isidre Esteve and Cristina Gutierrez have finished the day around the post 50th, leaving between nine and eleven minutes behind the best time for Al-Attiyah.

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After his change at the last minute the category UTV, the brothers Colonel have begun imposing its law, something that could be the general trend in this Dakar. In fact, Tim Coronel was the fastest of the day after stopping the clock in 33:13 in the first special test. The Dutch have been escorted by his brother at 1:05 minutes, while the podium of the category has been closed, the Russian Maganov Ravil at the wheel of his Polaris. For his part, the fourth place it has been for the andorran Andreu Cachafeiro, that competes together with the co-pilot Spanish Guifre Pujol.

In regard to the rest of the Spanish presence in the category UTV, Santiago Navarro has had a positive debut after finishing in fifth position (2:00 minutes of the head at the controls of his Yamaha, while Joan Font has had a performance slightly more discreet and has finished as the eighth UTV in goal, allowing for the road 3:24 seconds in relation to Tim Coronel. All in all, the feeling is that buggies -now UTV – brothers Dutch are superior to the Yamaha and Polaris that come together within this new category.

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The Tatra of Martin Kolomy and the brothers Kilian has tax
between the trucks
in the special between Asuncion and Resistance after stopping the
timer for 30 exact minutes, record that has enabled him to gain 13 seconds on the
Iveco Van Genugten. The podium of the category has been closed, the Renault
Martin Van den Brink
, in what can be considered as a good symptom of the
potential that can offer the truck French this type of special. Without
encouragement for risk-taking, the big favorites have been shot in times very similar and
Ales Loprais, Gerard De Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev have just finished separate
by 19 seconds
, despite the prick of the current champion.

on The sidelines of the fight between the stronger truck category, in which you might Airat Mardeev has been the one who has surrendered to a level more discrete, all the trucks with Spanish presence have crossed the finish line without major problems. The Man of Juvanteny, Raised and Gonzalez has completed stage 15:01 minutes of the head, while the Mercedes led by Pep Sabaté has left 21:15 minutes. Between the two it has located the andorran Georges Ginesta, while Albert Llovera has finished 41st in 19:59 minutes of the time marked by Martin Kolomy.

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