Dakar, Day 14 : HS RallyeTeam has the goal in sight

MOTORSPORT -  DAKAR 2013 - PART 2January 19th 2013 – Nearly 8,000 kilometers lie behind them: Matthias Kahle and Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann have successfully completed the second last stage of the Rallye Dakar in spite of a tyre defect. Before they will set off for the final spurt to Santiago de Chile, the SAM 30D CC of the HS RallyeTeam finds itself entangled in a duel for the 13th position overall with Robby Gordon (Hummer H3).

The second last stage of the Rallye Dakar 2013 offered the participants the variety typical for this marathon rallye: The 441 kilometers long Special was shaped by stony gravel tracks, sections that were tough to navigate, the last dunes, soft fesh-fesh sand and uneven off-road parts. Matthias Kahle and Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann in the SAM 30D CC had a hard time competing with the powerful buggies and 4WD vehicles with petrol engines on the extremely fast competition from Copiapó to La Serena. The power trains of their competitors have bigger air restrictors than the years before, and thus significantly more HP.

Kahle/Schünemann gave everything and nearly had reached the Top 20, when one of their tyres suffered damage after some 150 kilometers – only the second “flatfoot” in almost 8,000 kilometers. The Germans fell back to position 29, but managed to move forward quickly and reached the finish of the stage 23rd.

In the overall classification, the HS RallyeTeam ranks #13, by 5:28.13 hours behind front runner Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini All4 Racing). Shortly before the end, it now finds itself entangled in a distance duel with the winner of the 13th stage, Robby Gordon, in the powerful Hummer H3. The final day of the Rallye Dakar 2013 is waiting with further 126 kilometers of competition on which the HS RallyeTeam will try to defend its lead of 11.28 minutes on the American. In view of the inopportune starting position of the SAM with number 317, this will be a difficult undertaking.

Matthias Kahle: „Today’s Special unfortunately was absolutely not to the advantage of our car. On the fast sections, our diesel engine significantly lacked power. In general, the SAM once again operated perfectly – what is absolutely not to be taken for granted for a car on its first Dakar. After the last night in the Biwak, we are now looking forward to reaching the goal in Santiago.”

Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann: „The stage offered a great variety and generally was really nice, even if a bit too fast for our taste. The 2WD vehicles were in their element and consequently have reached position one and two in the daily classification. Now there is only one last obstacle waiting for us, but nevertheless we will take it very seriously. Our aim is to reach the goal without any detriment and we will try to keep Robby Gordon behind us – but won’t run any risk. Reaching the goal has highest priority!”

Preview: Stage 14, La Serena-Santiago, Total Distance: 625 km, Special: 346 km

111 kilometers of fast gravel tracks, a long neutralized section and a final show competition of 15 kilometers towards the gates of Santiago de Chile – that’s what the menu for the final day of the Rallye Dakar 2013 looks like, before the remaining teams will be celebrated in the Chilean capital on Sunday.

Results of the Rallye Dakar 2013 after Stage 13

Pos. Pilot/Co-Pilot Vehicle

Total Time

1. Peterhansel/Cottret Mini All4 Racing

36:44:46h

2. De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz Toyota Hilux Pickup

+44:38m

3. Novitskyi/Zhiltsov Mini All4 Racing

+1:29:31h

4. Roma/Perin Mini All4 Racing

+1:40:26h

5. Terranova/Fiuza BMW X3 CC

+1:52:40h

6. Sousa/Ramalho Great Wall Haval

+2:38:40h

7. Chabot/Pillot SMG V8 Buggy

+3:02:25h

8. Chicherit/Garcin SMG V8 Buggy

+3:29:22h

9. Thomasse/Larroque MD Optimus Buggy

+4:31:49h

10. Garafulic/Picard Mini All4 Racing

+4:45:58h

11. Olholm/Aston Toyota Hilux Pickup

+4:46:34h

12. Alvarez/Graue Toyota Hilux Pickup

+4:49:00h

13. Kahle/Schünemann SAM 30D CC

+5:28:13h

14. Gordon/Walch Hummer H3

+5:39:41h

15. Malysz/Marton Toyota Hilux Pickup

+5:56:53h

16. Coffaro/Meneses Toyota Hilux Pickup

+5:58:49h

Results of the HS RallyeTeam

SAM 30D CC

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Daily class.

28.

36.

19.

16.

23.

16.

13.

=4.*

9.

9.

19.

19.

23.

Overall class.

28.

34.

22.

17.

17.

16.

16.

16.

13.

13.

13.

12.

13.

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