The first day of the Rally Dakar 2012 saw many competitors in great shape. Ready after winning the first phase in 2009 on the KTM’s Marc Coma, the second time this time around, with just 14 seconds away from him and Lopez. He was still very pleased with the warm-up this year’s rally and enjoyed the first special with its beautiful scenery.
The third and fourth digits of the stage to Argentina’s Javier Pizzolito U.S. and Quinn Cody and go, finishing three seconds of each other on their Hondas. Frenchman Despres and Casteu came in 9th and 13, Portuguese Helder Rodrigues 15th all less than 2 minutes behind the stage winner Chaleco. In section three mini car ended in 9 seconds of each other, with Novitskiy / Schulz, Holowczyc / Fortin and Peterhansel / Cottret secure the first to third place respectively in this phase. Fourth, to De Villiers / von Zitzewitz in her Toyota was completed in 15 seconds behind stage winner and the top-5 by Gordon / Campbell in her lobster with 33’01 “49 seconds are needed for longer than the minimum profit. Al-Attiyah/Cruz came in the 38 th in their lobsters, and over time, is not lack of care on the first day of the rally Wuth less than 10 minutes, her car is more trouble than it should – after a few problems with the vehicle oil pressure, had teammate Robby Gordon moving them to the finish of the special.
The quad category was led by Sergio La Fuente, who finished last in the Dakar 2011. Dakar 2010 winner Marcos Employer Martinelli finished 54 seconds behind La Fuente, and his brother Alejandro, who claimed victory in the Dakar 2011, with 7 Place 2’26 “difference to the stage winner. As for the trucks, claimed Marcel van Vliet, his second stage victory in the Dakar Rally after 2009, when he won stage leading to Santa Rosa.