Ten Brinke makes stunning mark on Dakar Stage 11

  • Victory on Stage 11 for Toyota’s Ten Brinke/Périn
  • Fifth place for Al-Attiyah/Baumel and…
  • Sixth on Stage 11 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz
SEE, THERE IS WATER IN THE DESERT: Toyota Gazoo's Giniel de Villiers makes waves on Stage 11 of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Image: Toyota SA / Motorpress
SEE, THERE IS WATER IN THE DESERT: Toyota Gazoo’s Giniel de Villiers makes waves on Stage 11 of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Image: Toyota SA / Motorpress

CHILECITO, Argentina – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Bernhard ten Brinke (Netherlands) and French navigator Michel Périn have won Stage 11 of Dakar 2018.

The day (Wednesday) had started, unlike all others, with the top 10 cars and bakkies racing off the line together.

Ten Brinke and Périn ended the run 4min35 ahead of Peugeot’s Cyril Despres and 4min40 ahead of rally leader Carlos Sainz (Peugeot) after nearly 12 hours of driving.

TIME OF SANDS RUNNING OUT: Great Stage 11 for Toyota SA team on Dakar Stage 11. Image: Toyota SA / Motorpress
TIME OF SANDS RUNNING OUT: Great Stage 11 for Toyota SA team on Dakar Stage 11as the 2018 event heads to the finish.  Image: Toyota SA / Motorpress

The Toyota Hilux driver said after taking off his helmet: ”We had a fantastic stage from a good start position with tracks to follow throughout the stage.

WORKING WELL

”When we caught Giniel and Dirk (fellow Toyota SA crew De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz) we followed them for a large part of the stage. It’s a fantastic feeling to win one of the toughest stages on the Dakar.

”I’m extremely pleased with the way Michel and I are working together.”

Behind Ten Brinke, De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz drove a steady stage to maintain their position in the overall standings. The were briefly stuck but their main challenge was navigation.

De Villiers said from the dusty bivouac outside the Argentine town of Chilecito: ”We were the second car into today’s stage, which made it really tricky to find the way. Under the circumstances, it was much safer to ease up a little to ensure we didn’t miss any way points.”

‘STILL SOME DIFFICULT STAGES’

Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Matthieu Baumel battled to find a rhythm and had two punctures but were still positive in the overall standings.

The Qatari driver said from Chilecito: “The important thing is that there are still some difficult stages. We’ve not had the best luck so far but maybe that will change for the final few stages.”

Ten Brinke posted the fastest time for the stage with the three Peugeots of Despres, Sainz and Peterhansel right behind him. Al-Attiyah/Baumel were fifth-fastest, 5min56 behind Ten Brinke; De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz were sixth with an 11min56 deficit.

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Peugeot drivers Sainz and Peterhansel still lead overall by 50 minutes.In the general rankings with the Gazoo bakkies third, fourth and fifth with Al-Attiyah/Baumel leading the charge by 2min30 ahead of Ten Brinke. De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz are holding steady in fifth, 12min30 behind. Brinke/Périn.

The 2018 Dakar will today (Jan 18) head to San Juan on Stage 12, 523km of racing and 270km of liaison. The total distance covered so far is 7598km – the equivalent of five runs from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

TWO MORE LONG STAGES

Toyota Gazoo team principal Glyn Hall told Carman’s Corner in a media communication: ”While the dunes of Belen and Fiambala were certainly two of the hardest stages in Argentina, 12 and 13 shouldn’t be taken lightly.

”There could be plenty of drama in the two long final long stages – we must remain focused.”

Dakar 2018 has 14 racing stages. The race will end in Cordoba, Argentina, on Saturday (January 20).

STAGE 11­­ RESULTS:
1 B Ten Brinke (Toyota) 4hr10min54
2 C Despres (Peugeot) +4min35
3 C Sainz (Peugeot) +4min40
4 S Peterhansel (Peugeot) +4min50
5 N Al Attiyah (Toyota) +5min56
6 G De Villiers (Toyota) +11:56

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 11:
1 C. Sainz (Peugeot) 36hr26min27
2 S. Peterhansel (Peugeot) +50min45
3 N Al Attiyah (Toyota) +1hr14min02
4 B Ten Brinke (Toyota) +1hr17min35
5 G De Villiers (Toyota) +1hr30min05

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