Jan 9, 2012
Rest day was yesterday - back to business as usual..
Stage 8 of the 2012 Dakar rally started out from beautiful Copiapo in Chile. The battle in the top, a never ending drama, continued. And by the end of the day the leader was Spaniard Marc Coma. In the lead by 1m 26s to Cyril Depres. Almost unbelievable, on stage 8 a tie in the lead by one minute and 28 seconds. You just gotta love it!
So how are the Scandinavians holding up?
To start out with Swedish Captain Berglund, who´s had some major problems, got to finish nicely 24th on the stage. Which was something he needed to keep the steam up. He chose to use the possibility of right to start up ahead in the starting list (something the top riders can do) to be able to focus on his riding rather than overtaking the slower ones. Good thing and well done!
And back in the top ten! Skilled Pål Anders Ullevålseter moved back into a top ten position, and ten it was in the overall. Great job!
Danish Jes Munk addes another fifteen minute penalty and lost positions, now 64th overall.
And the guy with the broken rib, Swedish Ronnie Bodinger, still running. Stage 8 finish as 91st.
Provisional standings stage 8: Copiapo-Antofagasta
Special Stage 477km
1 (2) Marc Coma (ESP) 23.24.18
10 (6) Pål Anders Ullevålseter (NOR) +01.35:10
44 (29) Thomas Berglund (SWE) +07.25.05
64 (86) Jes Munk (DEN) +08:53:36
91 (107) Ronnie Bodinger (SWE) +15:06:45