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Chilecito, the January 6th, 2015

Being a debutant does not necessarily mean being slow. In any case, KTM Matthias Walkner gave a fine demonstration of speed to pick up his first stage victory on the Dakar, whilst in the car category Orlando Terranova enjoyed his second success in two days.

After finishing eighth on his very first special on the Dakar, then 6th on the longest special of this year’s edition between Villa Carlos Paz and San Juan, Matthias Walkner decided to take the quickest route to his first stage victory on the Dakar. The Austrian three times MX1-MX3 world champion was in the leading trio at CP2 before going into overdrive, leaving the discipline’s specialists in his wake and writing the first entry on his roll of honour for the King of all rallies at the finish in Chilecito. This performance puts him definitively among the riders to keep an eye on, whilst Marc Coma is being closely watched by all his rivals. After losing more than ten minutes the previous day, the title holder staged a comeback, finishing only 40 seconds behind Walkner.

More importantly, he gained one minute back on Joan Barreda who did not tempt fate and instead made sure of a solid third place to consolidate his leadership in the general standings. Toby Price finished fourth on the stage, to confirm the rookies’ good form, ahead of Barreda’s nearest rival in the general standings, Paulo Goncalves. Alain Duclos put in a fine performance at the end of the stage to put his Sherco in sixth place, whilst the rest of the French contingent is struggling, with in particular the 16th and 21st places of the Yamahas ridden by Michael Metge and Olivier Pain. Laia Sanz, the leading lady, enjoyed a noteworthy performance, finishing 17th on the day’s stage.

A regular occupier of the places of honour, today Lucas Bonetto accomplished his finest stage on a quad, having started in fifteenth position this morning. The Argentinean won in front of his home crowd thanks to a dazzling end to the special, after having trailed Sebastian Halpern at CP2 by three minutes, before beating him by 58 seconds at the finishing line. 2’14 behind the winner, Rafal Sonik took advantage of the mishaps suffered by Ignacio Casale to open up a lead in the general standings.

After crashing at the end of the special on Monday, Orlando Terranova had no intention of leaving his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah to effortlessly lead the rally. The Argentinean, who has good knowledge of the tracks in his region, produced a sterling effort in the second part of the special after having reached CP1 with a similar time to Giniel de Villiers and Al-Attiyah. In the end, he clawed back almost two minutes on the Toyota driver and more than four minutes on the Qatari general standings leader. This battle was joined by Alrajhi Yazeed who is taking part in his first Dakar and who now occupies a very impressive fifth place in the general standings.

As for the Peugeot team, Carlos Sainz seems to be getting the hang of the new car and improving in performance terms with the day’s fourth place, four minutes behind the day’s winner, even if the Spaniard is still far from being in an ideal position to battle for victory in Buenos Aires, trailing Al-Attiyah by almost 20 minutes in the general standings. Stéphane Peterhansel is also climbing back up the standings even if the Frenchman did lose almost ten minutes to Terranova today, whilst his former team-mate Nani Roma finally put his mishaps behind him with sixth place this Tuesday evening in Chilecito. Third in the general standings this morning, Bernhard Ten Brinke lost 30 minutes and drops down to 8th place.

6th on the first stage and then 3rd on the second, Airat Mardeev has continued his progression with a first stage victory on the Dakar 2015, enabling him to take the lead in the general standings. The Kamaz driver managed to open up a gap of almost two minutes over a second Kamaz driven by Andrey Karginov, the winner in 2014, and a gap of 4’30 over the ever consistent Gerard de Rooy. In the general standings, Mardeev now boasts a lead of eight minutes over his main rivals.


Jean-Pierre Beltoise has died at the age of 77

Ex F1 driver and Monaco Grand Prix winner Jean-Pierre Beltoise has died at the age of 77 after suffering two strokes.

A veteran of 87 grands prix between 1967 and 1974, Beltoise was a talented driver who made the transition from a successful motorcycling career to race cars at the age of 26. A nasty accident at Reims a year later broke his limbs in 16 places and resulted in him permanently losing some mobility in his left arm. Nevertheless, he was back on track a year later in 1965 and took the Formula 3 title for French team Matra.

He made his grand prix debut in 1966, winning the Formula 2 class at the German Grand Prix, and first competed in a Formula One car at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, although failed to qualify. In 1968 he was signed up for a full season in F1 for Matra and scored a podium at the Dutch Grand Prix.

He stayed at Matra until 1971 when he was replaced as the No.1 driver by Chris Amon before having his racing licence suspended for six weeks after he was blamed for causing Ignazio Giunti’s fatal accident at the Buenos Aires 1000kms sports car race.

In 1972 he moved to BRM where he recorded the single win of his career in torrential conditions at Monaco, putting in a courageous and skilful drive in inferior machinery to take the British constructors’ final victory. However, it was the standout result in an otherwise underwhelming season as BRM struggled to produce a consistently competitive car. He remained in F1 as a race driver for another two years with BRM, scoring his final podium at the 1974 South African Grand Prix.

He later tested for Ligier in F1 but his competitive outings were limited to French touring cars, rallycross and ice racing.


Renault Duster Team already in the top 5 at Dakar Rally

The Renault Duster Team made a sensational start to the 2015 Dakar Rally. The Emiliano Spataro/Benjamín Lozada crew ended the first leg in fifth place, alongside some of the top specialists of the legendary off-road Rally, held in South America.

Emiliano Spataro and Benjamín Lozada produced a fantastic performance on Sunday’s opening leg of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Driving the Renault Duster entered by Renault Argentina, with the support of Renault Sport Technologies, the South American crew reached Villa Carlos Paz in sixth position, before gaining an extra place after a penalty was handed to Nasser Al-Attiyah. They therefore hold fifth place overall, less than minute behind the leader, Orlando Terranova, and only fourteen seconds adrift of second place, whilst also ending the leg ahead of some very accomplished drivers, such as former winners Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel.

This is the best result recorded by the Renault Duster Team at this stage since its debut in 2013. Last year, José García and Mauricio Malano were ninth overall after the first leg.

García and Malano, in the second Renault Duster, also made a good start on Sunday in Argentina. However, held up by poor visibility and difficulties in overtaking the cars ahead of them on the road, they ended the first leg in 37th position, less than 14 minutes off the lead.


Overall standings after the first leg, Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz – Dakar 2015

1. Terranova – Graue (Mini) 1:13:12

2. Gordon – Campbell (Hummer) +0:42

3. De Villiers – Von Zitzewitz +0:50

4. Holowicz – Panseri +0:54

5. Spataro – Lozada +0:56

37. García – Malano + 13:55

The two Renault Duster crews will resume their journey on Monday, heading from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan, covering a total of 625 kilometres, with 518 kilometres of timed stages.

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From Juan Manuel Fangio to Juan Pablo Montoya, Latin America has produced great racing champions.

The Argentine “Maestro” was the first driver from South America to become Formula One World Champion in 1951. From 1954-’57 he was unbeaten in the World Championship.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez, a compadre and countryman of Fangio, gave Enzo Ferrari his first taste of success in Formula One at Silverstone in 1951.

Emerson Fittipaldi became the first Brazilian to win a grand prix at Watkins Glen in 1970 – in only his fourth F1 start! He was World Champion in 1972 & ’74.

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