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Monster Energy X-raid Team startet in die Dakar 2013

. Über eine Million Zuschauer feiern die Piloten auf der ersten Etappe - Vier MINI ALL4 Racing in den Top 10

Für die Piloten des Monster Energy X-raid Team war es ein ruhiger Start in die Rallye Dakar 2013 – auf eine 250 Kilometer lange Verbindungsetappe folgten nur 13 Kilometer gegen die Uhr. Diesen Prolog beendete das französische Duo Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret im grünen MINI ALL4 Racing auf dem sechsten Rang vor ihren Teamkollegen Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) im orangen MINI ALL4 Racing und Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR) im weißen MINI ALL4 Racing. Alle drei Piloten fuhren mit einer 8:14 Minuten die gleiche Zeit.

Lima, 6.1.13 Red. (mk)

Peru, Chile, buggies: A burst of freshness to begin with Pisco, the January 5th, 2013 It’s hot in Pisco. Yet the results of the first special were a burst of freshness, with Ignacio Flores and his quad seizing Peru’s maiden win. Meanwhile, Chile took control of the motorcycle category as Chaleco won the stage and two other Chileans got into the Top 4. In the car category it wasn’t a question of nationality, but of seeing winner Carlos Sainz’s car breathe new life into his palmarès. The buggies didn’t disappoint anyone in the first day of racing. The consequences of the first stage will be forgotten in a few days, but what they experienced in Lima's Chorrillos neighbourhood this morning is something that will remain indelible in the minds of all the participants in the 2013 Dakar. Perched above the beautiful Agua Dulce beach and the jet set Club de Regatas, the start podium presented the drivers and riders to the crowd. And what a crowd it was. It was great in terms of quality, as the President of the Republic came to the front row to cheer on the "Forza Inca" team one last time. And, above all, in terms of quantity, as the Limeños flocked to the hill slopes, the area around the podium and even the road the vehicles took on their way from the parc fermé. Mr Ollanta Humala's exhortations didn't fall on deaf ears and, a few hours later, the first stage winner of this Dakar turned out to be... a Peruvian. The quads had the honour of kicking off today's short special. Ignacio Flores, who was forced to quit last year's Dakar just before the race reached his country, got his own back in the 13 km opener. The hero of the day was 11″ faster than Emirati Sebastian Husseini, who lived up to the expectations in his Dakar debut by outperforming Marcos Patronelli. No surprises in the motorcycle race, which was also favourable to the host countries of the 2013 edition. Francisco López didn't even wait for the rally to reach his country this time round. Chaleco, who rides a KTM for the Chilean Tamarugal team this year, grabbed his eighth Dakar stage win. He already won last year's opener in Mar del Plata before eventually withdrawing during the eighth stage. Today's runner-up Frans Verhoeven is also riding a new motorcycle this year, a Yamaha. An encouraging start for the Dutchman, but it was the Chilean armada that stole the limelight with, paradoxically, a great burst of freshness: Pablo Quintanilla and Patricio Cabrera, both younger than 25, finished third and fourth of today's special, just ahead of defending champion Cyril Despres! The hierarchy of the first day is rarely cast in stone, but the usual pecking order was also turned on its head in the car category. The Mini trio, Peterhansel, Roma and Hołowczyc, are still favourites to win, as a mere 37 seconds separate the first ten drivers. But, symbolically, the make-up of the Top 5 seems more favourable to the German manufacturer. Carlos Sainz marked his Dakar comeback by clocking the fastest time. True, it's not a new sight for those who lived through the Volkswagen era. But the Matador took his 25th victory at the wheel of a buggy which he's barely got to know and requires a completely different driving style. Said buggy looks ready to rumble from the point of view of sheer performance, with Nasser Al-Attiyah driving its twin to fourth place in today's stage. The Toyotas were also up to the task, but it was Lucio Álvarez who got the most of his Hilux by finishing second, 8″ down on Sainz. Team SMG also raised questions on the competitiveness of two-wheel drive cars. With Guerlain Chicherit third and Ronan Chabot fifth, Philippe Gache's two leading drivers were both faster than the Minis. But defending champion Stéphane Peterhansel limited his losses to a mere 34″. Things aren't looking as bright for Robby Gordon, who ran into trouble from day one and conceded over ten minutes to his rivals... in just 13 kilometres. But the defending champion wouldn't have any of this nonsense in the truck category. Pisco saw Gerard de Rooy win his 19th Dakar stage victory, which was made even sweeter by the sight of his teammate and cousin Hans Stacey taking second place. The leader of the Kamaz team, Eduard Nikolaev, lies fifth in the provisional classification. Crédit : FREDERIC LE FLOC'H / DPPI Commentaire : Les motards de l’édition 2013 posent pour la traditionnel photo de groupe

Der Spanier Nani Roma beendete die Prüfung zusammen mit seinem französischen Co-Piloten Michel Périn im gelben MINI ALL4 Racing auf dem zehnten Rang. Den Tagessieg sicherte sich der Spanier Carlos Sainz im Buggy.

Der heutige Tag war eher den tausenden peruanischen Fans gewidmet, die dem Ereignis entgegenfieberten. Die Wüstenrallye begann zum ersten Mal nicht in einer argentinischen Stadt – nach Buenos Aires und Mar del Plata war die peruanische Hauptstadt Lima Gastgeber des Startpodiums. Nach der Überfahrt ging es für die Piloten auf die 250 Kilometer lange Verbindungsetappe nach Pisco. Dort wurden sie erneut von hunderten Zuschauer empfangen, die sich schon am frühen Morgen einen guten Platz entlang der 13 Kilometer langen Prüfung gesichert hatten.

„Gleich mit so weichem Sand in die Dakar zu starten war schon eine Herausforderung“, so Stéphane Peterhansel, Sieger der Dakar 2012. „Aber die Prüfung war sehr kurz und deswegen kann man noch nicht so viel sagen. Auf jeden Fall waren sehr viele Zuschauer unterwegs – nicht nur in Lima rund um das Podium, auch bei der Prüfung in der Nähe des Biwaks war alles voller Leute.“

„Leider ist mir auf der Prüfung der Motor abgestorben, als ich in dem weichen Sand gebremst habe“, berichtet Krysztof Holowczyc. „Das ist zwar ärgerlich aber auf einer so kurzen Prüfung zu Beginn der Rallye noch nicht so schlimm. Der Wahnsinn waren die ganzen Zuschauer an der Strecke – auch auf der Verbindungsetappe. Das ist der Geist, der in Südamerika herrscht.“

^Results - 1. Stage (Lima – Pisco):
1. C. Sainz (ESP) / T. Gottschalk (GER) Buggy - 7m 40s
2. L. Alvarez (ARG) / B. Graue (ARG) Toyota – 7m 48s
3. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / L. Cruz (ESP) Buggy – 7m 50s
...
6. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 8m 14s
7. L. Novitskiy (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing – 8m 14s
8. K. Holowczyc (POL) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 8m 14s
...
10. N. Roma (ESP) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 8m 17s
...
17. O. Terranova (ARG) / P. Fiúza (POR) BMW X3 CC – 8m 34s
...
19. B. Garafulic (CHI) / G. Picard (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 8m 39s
...
33. S. Schott (GER) / H. Schmidt (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing – 9m 09s

englisch version

Monster Energy X-raid Team starts into the 2013 Dakar Rally

• More than a million of spectators cheer for the drivers on day one
• Four of the MINI ALL4 Racing pairings secure top-10 positions

It was a calm start into the 2013 Dakar Rally, for the Monster Energy X-raid Team drivers – a 250-kilometre liaison section, followed by an individual time trial with a distance of just 13 kilometres. In this prologue, French pairing Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret finished sixth, with their green MINI ALL4 Racing, right ahead of their team-mates Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) in the orange and Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in the white MINI ALL4 Racing. All the three drivers set identical times and crossed the line in 8:14 minutes.

Meanwhile, Nani Roma and his French co-driver Michel Périn took their yellow MINI ALL4 Racing to 10th position. The fastest time was set by Spaniard Carlos Sainz in a Buggy.

Day one was mainly devoted to the thousands of Peruvian fans who just couldn’t wait for the start of the legendary event. For the first time since the move to South America, the rally wasn’t started in an Argentinean city – with Peru’s capital following Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata as venue of the Dakar start. After having crossed the start podium, the drivers had to complete the 250-kilometre liaison section to Pisco. There, they once again were welcomed by a huge crowd of spectators who had come to the 13-kilometre prologue track early in the morning to secure the best positions.

“To have to start into the rally on this very soft sand represented a real challenge,” revealed defending Dakar Champion Stéphane Peterhansel. “But the prologue was really short and so, making any assessment is virtually impossible. In any case, there were a lot of spectators everywhere – not only around the podium in Lima but also along the track located close to the bivouac.“

“Unfortunately, my engine stalled during the prologue when I was braking on the soft sand,” revealed Krysztof Holowczyc. “This was annoying but on the other hand, it didn’t represent a major set-back as it was a short prologue at the very beginning of the event. But the huge crowd along the track – even during the liaison section – was pure madness. That’s the South American spirit we love.”

“This result was predictable,” underlined Monster Energy X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. “We said right from the beginning that the buggies would enjoy an advantage, today.”

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