Dakar Trucks, Stage 3: Kolomy quickest, Stacey keeps overall lead
Martin Kolomy secured his first Dakar stage win on Tuesday, in a run which was first interrupted due to damage to the route.
The leading Tatra driver led the way at CP1 and CP2, where the running was eventually suspended - but he finds himself down in sixth overall as he was one of several drivers to receive sever time penalties after Monday.
Yesterday’s stage winner Hans Stacey fell only 17 seconds short of Kolomy’s time, which allowed him to narrowly maintain the lead.
The Dutchman was followed by Federico Villagra and Pieter Versluis, the duo remaining close to the leader in the overall classification as well - and having both been among the few drivers to avoid penalties.
Ton van Genugten ended up as fifth-fastest ahead of Belarusian Siarhei Viazovich, 2012 champion Gerard de Rooy and KM Racing Team’s Martin Macik.
Russian frontrunner team Kamaz suffered a shockingly difficult day with Eduard Nikolaev ending up as their top driver in 16th.
Standings after Stage 3
Jan van der Vaet
Jorge Perez Companc
Gerard de Rooy
Tom van Genugten
Anton van Limpt
Peter van Eerd
Ferran Marco Alcayna
Bernard der Kinderen
Pascal de Baar
Wouter de Graaff
Dakar Cars, Stage 3: Loeb extends lead with second win in a row
Hirvonen expects to enjoy open road more than "proper" WRC-esque stages