Following a day’s rest, Day 8 of competitively rallying took place on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz continued to extend his lead from his Volkswagen team-mates. Joan Roma is Mitsubishi’s main hope for honours as we enter the second week. The going gets tough on Monday as the rally enters the Atacama Desert. 116 Cars, 62 trucks and 137 (completely insane!) bikes remain in the rally.
Overall positions after Stage Eight:
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Carlos Sainz Volkswagen 27h29:59 2. Giniel de Villiers Volkswagen + 10:57 3. Mark Miller Volkswagen + 18:05 4. Joan Roma Mitsubishi + 33:31 5. Robby Gordon Hummer +1h32:01 6. Krzysztof Holowczyc Nissan +2h57:05 7. Ivar Erik Tollefsen Nissan +3h25:32 8. Dieter Depping Volkswagen +4h51:45 9. Rene Kuipers BMW +5h33:4310. Tonnie van Deijne Mitsubishi +5h57:49
– Andy Blackmore