"Due to the enormous speed Nasser Al-Attiyah and St?phane Peterhansel raced at in the past days, Team Manager Sven Quandt made the decision that the drivers of the team should keep their positions in the overall standings. "The risk that something goes wrong at the enormous speed the two were racing at got just too big," explained Quandt. "We wanted cars and drivers to safely make it to the finish and we want to see three Minis on the podium."
Terranova and his friends were beaming when the Argentinean entered the bivouac at El Salvador. Over the course of the 600-kilometer stage, Terranova worked his way up step by step to cross the finish line as winner, in the end. "This was a long and gruelling stage," he said.
"Particularly for the tyres. There were about 100 kilometers of dunes but the rest was extremely rocky. Nonetheless, we actually made it to the finish without any punctures and without losing our way." In the overall standings, he now is back in fourth position.
Roma displayed constant speed, in the longest special stage of the 2014 Dakar, and only lost some time due to a puncture. "It was a tough day today," Roma admitted. "At first I was driving in the dust of St?phane and then I suffered a puncture. I?m happy that another day is over."
In the overall standings, he now holds a lead of slightly more than five minutes over his team-mate Peterhansel. The Frenchman suffered two punctures on the rocky tracks. "In addition, the team had asked us to stop pushing," revealed the Frenchman. "It?s the goal to have three Minis on the podium.?
Al-Attiyah held the lead for the major part of the special stage, today, but in the closing stages he hit a rock, resulting in a broken suspension and a damaged chassis ? that fortunately can be repaired. "We had to change the suspension what cost us about 25 minutes," the driver from Qatar revealed. Despite this incident, he succeeded in defending his third position in the overall standings. "