A fairly short special (shortened due to heavy rain in the area) and the second stage in Peru was the task of the day for the competitors in the 2012 Dakar rally. All of them looking forward to the finish and Lima.
What has been an ongoing duel was yet to continue today. Marc Coma surely not to happy about the shortening of the stage as he set off, having to gain 2.22 before the finish in Lima. But then he was probably pretty happy about his own performance, regaining the lead of the rally and his 5th stage win. Now in the lead by as little as 1.35. A thriller, a drama, call it anything you like, continuing tomorrow.
Viking or not, Norwegian Pål Anders Ullevåseter had some bad luck and injured himself at 10km in to the day´s stage. After a fall he got stuck in the sand and while trying to get the bike back up he tore his chest muscle, and up on arrival fainted. Organizers took him to the doctor where an x-ray was made. He said himself that this was his worst day ever in the Dakar.
Captain Berglund was running 32nd today, reaching the finish 26,43 after leading Coma. 38th in the overall.
Jes Munk finished 53rd on the stage and 53rd in the overall.
Ronnie Bodinger had a day of an engine not running as smoothly as one would want in the Dakar. The night shift for his mechanic Calle. And hopefully he´s got a fresh start tomorrow.
Provisional standings stage 12: Arequipa-Nasca
Special Stage 245km
1 (1) Marc Coma (ESP) 15.38.16
7 (6) Pål Anders Ullevålseter (NOR) +02.12.14
38 (29) Thomas Berglund (SWE) +10.45.33
53 (86) Jes Munk (DEN) +14.03.54
80 (107) Ronnie Bodinger (SWE) +23.41.37