In the biggest news of the day, Krzysztof Holowczyc – the Pole rated as a potential winner – crashed less than 50km into stage three. His X-Raid Mini jumped a june, and a rough landing caused the driver injury, whilst co-driver Felipe Palmeiro was unharmed. Holowczyz suffered back and rib injuries, and has been flown out to a medical facility.
Devastating news for local Dakar supporters came as one SA team’s Dakar journey was cut short. Duncan Vos & Rob Howie were forced to retire after stage 3 of the 2013 Dakar Rally due to a damaged roll cage. Vos rolled his Imperial Toyota South Africa Hilux between Pisco and Nazca in Peru. Beginning the stage in 12th position overall, Vos nursed the Hilux to the end of stage 3, ending in 48th position overall before retiring.
“Unfortunately the roll cage has been damaged in a crucial area and for safety reasons we have unfortunately had to withdraw the car.” – Team boss Glen Hall said in an interview.
Equally hard hitting news was an amendment in the results from stage two, stripping Peterhansel of his overall leadership. Sainz was given back the lead from Peterhansel after organisers decided that a satellite issue had cost him time, losing him half an hour due to electrical problems with the buggy. Sainz spent time looking for a waypoint which hadn’t been validated by his malfunctioning GPS, and the Dakar powers that be awarded him this time after he’d filed a complaint. This took him up to first from 11th on the stage.
The third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally saw Stephane Peterhansel finish first overall, however, as Carlos Sainz faced further trouble. Having to stop repeatedly, he lost another half hour on stage three.
But, Peterhansel leads again, with Al-Attiyah 6:33 behind and Luico Alvarez following closely in the South African developed Toyota Hilux. Sainz dropped to fifth overall in his Red Bull buggy.
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|Stage 3 Results (Overall Standing)|
|5||301||De Villiers (ZAF)