Dakar Stages 8 and 9: Loeb and landslides

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- Even when the weather throws a whole garage full of spanners into the works, the Dakar is still a very cool event. © A.S.O.
- A landslide meant that stage 9 had to be cancelled as the route was blocked. © A.S.O.
- The landslide hit the village of Volcan after massive thunderstorms. Needless to say, thoughts go to all those affected. © A.S.O.
- Britain's Sam Sunderland was third on stage 8 but gained on his nearest rivals to strengthen his overall lead in the bikes. © Red Bull
- Sunderland on his KTM. He bent his rear disc during a river crossing, so had to ride the last 100km with no rear brake... © A.S.O.
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- Joan Barreda won the stage on his Honda, but the Spanish rider is still recovering from the hour's worth of penalties he received earlier in the race. © A.S.O.
- I'll leave you to make comparisons with MotoGP and F1... © A.S.O.
- Ignacio Casale won the stage in the Quad category but Sergey Karyakin retained the overall lead. © Red Bull
- Sebastien Loeb won stage 8 in the cars category. © Red Bull
- He beat 12-time winner Peterhansel by over three minutes and thus regained the overall lead of the rally. © Red Bull
- Loeb's lead could have been much greater were it not for a puncture 70km before the finish. However, Peterhansel also had his woes so it's probably honours even. © Red Bull
- Cyril Despres (somewhere in this water) regained his place on the overall podium as Nani Roma lost time. © Red Bull
- Loeb was clearly at home in the mud. © Red Bull
- The Frenchman on the left is looking for his first Dakar win (in only his second Dakar), while the Frenchman on the right is looking for his 13th win. © Red Bull
- Dmitry Sotnikov in his Kamaz retook the overall lead in the trucks. © Red Bull
- Eduard Nikolaev of Russia lies in second overall. © Red Bull
- Stage 8 was shortened for the trucks due to the conditions. © Red Bull
- Route finding has been tricky for the competitors and route planning has been tricky for the organisers. © A.S.O.
- Laia Sanz © A.S.O.
- Giniel de Villiers splashing through the muddy water in his Toyota. © A.S.O.
- Michael Metge casting a long shadow over the sand. © A.S.O.
- I hesitate to criticise, but I think Erik Van Loon's Toyota could have used a little bit of the muddy room to his left. © A.S.O.
- Spectacular landscapes once more. © A.S.O.
- The organisers will be hoping stage 10 can go ahead as planned. © A.S.O.

Sebastien Loeb and Sam Sunderland lead their categories, but the the weather rules stage 9

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Comments (6)

  • Anyone noticed the random and slightly disturbing stray hat in one of these photos?!

      4 years ago
  • "I'll leave you to make comparisons with MotoGP and F1.."better asphalt and betteer food. anyway, lots of motogp pilots described motogp as a real community

      4 years ago
  • Tim (or Tom) Coronel on the first photo. I love the twins for both racing in a one-man buggy. A lot of respect for Tim and Tom! Oh and their sponsor has the slogan 'cheese for dudes'... just sayin

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    • Thanks Gerran. I've featured the brothers Coronel in a few of these galleries and they do indeed seem like very cool guys. I actually looked up the sponsors and was amused to see that it was for cheese - didn't know the slogan was 'cheese for...

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        4 years ago
  • great photos Henry, maybe we can get some drivetribe live feeds in the future, would be great to see some rolling footage all the best from Gordini Classics

      4 years ago