Stage for today contains 328km liaison and 358km special stage.
Liaison > 510 km – Special > 114 km
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Mitchel van den Brink just misses the stage victory
Equipes Eurol Team De Rooy Iveco move up in ranking
SHAYBAH – Mitchel van den Brink fell only 22 seconds short for a second stage victory in the Dakar Rally. Pascal de Baar disrupted the party of the young Harskamper.
Martin van den Brink finished fifth in the ninth stage. In the relatively short special over 114 kilometers, Martin had to give in 4m39s to the stage winner.
Nevertheless, the experienced driver from Harskamp enjoyed the special in Saudi Arabia. “It was a nice special with only dunes in all shapes and sizes. High, low and soft dunes,” says the figurehead of Eurol Team De Rooy Iveco.Afterwards, Martin expressed his satisfaction with the Iveco Powerstar. “We didn’t have any problems.
The truck didn’t suffer at all. We will go to the bivouac without any problems and prepare ourselves and the truck for the marathon stage of tomorrow. The next two days we will have a lot of sand and dunes again. We are very much looking forward to that,” said the 52-year-old rally pilot on behalf of navigator Erik Kofman and mechanic Richard Mouw.
Van den Brink senior will start the eleventh stage tomorrow as second. Team mate Janus van Kasteren leads the duo of Team De Rooy. The fast man from Veldhoven will start the two days of marathon in ‘the largest sandpit in Saudi Arabia’ with a lead of 22m41s. Third man, Martin Macik, is already more than 50 minutes behind Van Kasteren.
A tarnished day
As for all rally enthusiasts, the retirement of Ales Loprais was also for Martin a big scar on this beautiful day. The classification leader left today’s rally after being involved in a fatal accident on Tuesday. “It is very unfortunate what happened. Meanwhile, the race continues. I think we still have every chance. Tomorrow the decisive phase starts with the marathon. Then we’ll know more.”
After 114 kilometers of racing through the dunes in the Empty Quarter, Mitchell van den Brink, Moi Torrallardona and Jarno van de Pol had to accept that they fell 22 seconds short of a second day’s victory. The 20-year-old Harskamper closed a five-minute gap to his father and left it at that as a loyal servant. “It was a super nice special through the dunes. We’ve seen a lot of people get stuck. Also our competitor Jaroslav Valtr. We stayed a few minutes behind him before passing him again. We are fourth and on to tomorrow,” said Mitchel before parking the Iveco Powerstar of Eurol Team De Rooy in the bivouac in Shaybah.
The first part of the marathon starts after a liaison of 153 kilometers with a special stage over 274 kilometers. The pilots will only see sand in all colors and sizes. In addition, the role of the navigator is very important. At the end of the first day, there will be no help from the trusted service crew. The pilots must prepare the truck themselves for the final part on Friday. That stage brings the caravan, via a special over 185 kilometers, back to the bivouac of Shabah. There the trucks will be handed over to the trusted mechanics
Van Kasteren does not take any risks in the dreaded 10th stage
Stage 10: by insiders potentially considered as the toughest special in this Dakar rally.
The start was overshadowed by the withdrawal of the classification leader Ales Loprais. An unfortunate accident with a spectator, who died later, made the experienced Czech decide to withdraw from the competition. The “Praga” team is deeply affected by this sad event. The organization of the Dakar rally and the FIA are investigating the accident. The harsh reality is that the rally will continue but without the Czech truck leader.
Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco started as the new leader in the race but not as they would have liked.
The stage started with a solid liaison of 467 kilometers. This was followed by a special stage of only 114 kilometers. Short, but completely through dunes. Not the distance, but the terrain was feared. Janus van Kasteren jr., Marcel Snijders and Darek Rodewald were the first rally truck to start after yesterday’s victory.
They started at 13:00 hrs. local time and via three waypoints the men in the mighty Iveco Powerstar of Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco drove to the finish without any problems. Not as fastest this time, but in third position at 1 minute and 12 seconds from winner Pascal de Baar. Mitchel van den Brink finished in second position between De Baar and Van Kasteren.
The pilot of Team De Rooy just was short of 22 seconds for a second victory. In the general classification, Van Kasteren is now the leader with 22 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Martin van den Brink, who also drives for Team De Rooy. Martin Macik is third with 51 minutes and 7 seconds behind Janus van Kasteren jr.
Due to limited internet coverage, there has been little contact with the team, but Janus was able to say that he looks back on a good day and has not taken any risks. After yesterday’s battlefield, this dreaded stage wasn’t so bad in the end and didn’t cause any problems.
The top twenty all finished within one hour of winner De Baar. In that respect, it was better than expected. So, we move on to tomorrow, when a new marathon stage starts with Janus van Kasteren provisionally leading the Dakar 2023.
|Stage Rank||Number||Driver||Rally stage time||Time gap to first|
|1||507||Pascal de Baar||2h09m46s||–|
|2||511||Mitchel van den Brink||2h10m08s||+22s|
|3||502||Janus van Kasteren||2h10m58s||+1m12s|
|5||506||Martin van den Brink||2h14m25s||+4m39s|
Overall rally competition Trucks
After rally stage 10
|Overall Rank||Number||Driver||Rally overall time||Gap to first||Penalty|
|2||502||Janus van Kasteren||43h00m51s||–||+15m00s|
|3||506||Martin van den Brink||43h23m32s||+22m41s||–|
|6||511||Mitchel van den Brink||45h08m57s||+2h08m06s||+1m00s|
Wonderfull slow motion clip of Janus jumping!
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Video by Omroep Brabant
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