Coma regains lead
Fifth stage victory for Marc Coma in the Dakar 2012, which helped him to regain the lead of the race in the absence of two days for completion. MRW driver has started today's special four minutes later than Cyril Despres and after the 195 competitive kilometers of the stage, has reached the French driver to turn the overall standings, now leads by 1 minute and 35 seconds margin.
In an edit tighter than ever, the importance of strategy in the starting order is playing a role in the final days of the test. In Dakar, participants start at each stage one by one, separated by two minutes apart and the order of the classification of the previous stage. Thus, if two days ago Marc Coma regained Despres two minutes and he returned them in yesterday's special, today MRW pilot has managed to recover four minutes in a row taking advantage of another pilot was classified yesterday between the two.
A two-day final, Coma found today after traveling 259 km link, a special of 195 km, 50 km less than originally projected due to the swollen rivers of the first part of the course. Bordering the Pacific Ocean, has a nice stage that has required a lot of navigation in the early miles, because the number of tracks were parallel to the beach. During the first 159 miles, times of Coma and Despres have been very close, and the pilot started MRW has barely half a minute into French. However, in the final stretch of dunes when Coma has been able to push the pace and reach Despres, to prevail with 3 minutes and 57 seconds over the French, which was finally fourth, after Joan and Jordi Barreda Viladoms.
Tomorrow penultimate stage, though no less demanding. On his way to Lima, the Dakar will travel 375 kilometers from Nazca to Pisco, again through the dunes that dominate this part of the country. After a 100 km link, Coma will face a special 275 km against the clock, in the absence of the 29 competitive kilometers on Sunday between Pisco and Lima, it may be ultimately for the final podium Sunday.