Dakar 2014 – GWM Haval still in the Rally







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 15, 2014
Categories: GWM, GWM Racing

GWM/Haval maintains position in Stage 9 of Dakar

Dakar 2014 GWM

The infamous Atacama dunes struck a blow during Stage 9 with GWM/Haval driver Christian Lavieille picking up enough damage to his Haval H8 to affect his speed during the second phase of the stage. Lavieille finished the stage with the 15th fastest time, still good enough to maintain his overall ninth place.

The stage was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Mini) who closed the gap to overall leader Nani Roma (Mini) once again. Roma lost significant time when he got stuck on a dune. Spain’s Carlos Sainz (SMG Buggy) had another dismal day, experiencing mechanical troubles that cost him nearly two hours, and dropped him to eighth overall.

Following Stage 9, the GWM/Haval team has stated that Lavieille will pick up the pace from Stage 10 in an effort achieve a better overall position.

The Dakar 2014 standings following Stage 9:

  1. Roma/Perin #304 (Mini) = 34 hours 15 minutes 37 seconds
  2. Peterhansel/Cottret #300 (Mini) + 12 minutes 10 seconds
  3. Terranova/Fiuza #307 (Mini) + 54 minutes 33 seconds
  4. Al-Attiyah/Cruz #301 (Mini) + 59 minutes 46 seconds
  5. De Villiers/Zitzewitz #302 (Toyota) + 59 minutes 46 seconds
  6. Holowczyc/Zhiltsov #309 (Mini) + 3 hours 0 minutes 3 seconds
  7. Dabrowski/Czachor #328 (Toyota) + 3 hours 20 minutes 47 seconds
  8. Sainz/Gottschalk #303 (SMG Buggy) + 3 hour 28 minutes 27 seconds
  9. Lavieille/Garcin #315 (GWM/Haval) + 3 hours 56 minutes 56 seconds
  10. Haval is the premium SUV division of GWM.