Total distance : 746 km

Timed sector : 280 km

Slowly but surely, the 2018 Dakar competitors are getting ready for the final spurt of the legendary event. The 11th of the 14 stages took the Dakar train to Chilecito.

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) rolled over early in the stage but could continue later.

The organisers came up with a special starting procedure for today: the best 10 motorbikes and cars as well as the best five trucks of yesterday’s stage started into today’s special stage before the rest of the field. Przygonski, Hirvonen and Terranova with their MINI belonged to this group.

In the early stages, Hirvonen delivered in great style and even battled it out for the lead with Bernhard Ten Brinke. But then, at kilometre 107, he rolled over. Terranova stopped to help him but at the end of the day the Finn and his navigator had to wait for the service truck as their radiator was damaged. The MINI JCW Buggy could be repaired and Hirvonen now is on his way to completing the special stage.

“SS11 started well…” said the Finn. “Really bumpy stage and had a good feeling with the car. But Dakar proved its challenges again to me. One dune surprised me and we went too fast over it. Landed on the nose of the car and ended upside down. Orly was there quickly to help us but unfortunately radiator broke on the crash and we had to wait 5 hours for our service truck which had a spare. After changing it, we were good to go again. Will be a short night for the mechanic now as they prepare the car overnight for the longest stage of the rally. But we will carry on, always.”

Slowly but surely, the 2018 Dakar enters its home straight. Tomorrow’s 12th stage takes the teams to San Juan and a quarter of the 523-kilometre special stage once again will feature sand. Furthermore, numerous riverbeds turn the navigation into crucial factor. Altogether, the competitors have to cover 793 kilometres until they cross the finish line at San Juan.

Dakar 2018 Result SS11
1. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 04h 10m 54s
2. C. Despres (FRA) / D. Castera (GER) Peugeot – 4h 15m 29s
3. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 4h 15m 34s
4. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 4h 15m 44s
5. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 4h 16m 50s

7. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 4h 30m 41s

9. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 4h 53m 06s

11. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 5h 00m 13s

40. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 10h 59m 53s

Dakar 2018 Overall result after SS11
1. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 36h 16m 27s
2. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 37h 17m 12s
3. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 37h 40m 29s
4. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 37h 44m 02s
5. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 37h 56m 32s
6. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 39h 10m 45s

18. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 48h 37m 23s

20. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 52h 38m 12s

21. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 54h 58m 34s