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Team Ford Racing - Dakar Rally Day 11
Posted by: newsla on Jan 17, 2014 - 10:00 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Team Ford Racing - Dakar Rally Day 11

Team Ford Racing’s Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue displayed the speed and strength of their Ranger when they claimed their second consecutive top 10 finish on the longest and toughest stage of the Dakar Rally today.


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The Argentine duo finished eighth in the daunting 11th stage from Antofagasta to El Salvador in Chile. The 749km stage included a marathon 605km competitive section, the longest unbroken test in the rally.

After a 144km liaison section, the day’s competition offered pretty much everything the Dakar Rally has in one single test. In temperatures that topped 30°C, dirt roads, mine tracks and dry river beds were an appetiser for 120km of sand in the arid Atacama Desert, including the famous Copiapo dunes.

After finishing ninth yesterday, Alvarez made the most of an advantageous start position to power the Ranger through the early checkpoints in sixth.

He maintained a strong pace through the afternoon in the sand to come home strongly, despite stopping to change a rear left puncture just 40km from the finish.

After spending more than six exhausting hours behind the wheel, Alvarez was 35min 38sec behind stage winners Orlando Terranova / Paulo Fiuza. The Ford pilot maintained the recovery from his time loss early in the 9300km, 14-day event to climb from 28th to 22nd.

Such has been the demanding nature of this year’s event that of the 152 cars which departed the Rosario start in Argentina 12 days ago, only 49 started today.

Lucio Alvarez (308):

"The car worked well all day. The only occasion in which we lost time was though a puncture near the finish, which, in such a long and hard stage, is fantastic. Another top 10 finish is encouraging and that’s where we should be!

"There were many fast sections with big stones, which were tough for the car, but we cleared them cleanly and safely.

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