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Dusty Day For Riwald Dakar Team
Posted by: newsla on Jan 11, 2014 - 05:06 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Dusty Day For Riwald Dakar Team

After the first grueling days the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014 was an easy one for the participants. The special stage still was more than 400 kilometres, but the roads and the surface were much less hard for men and machine. The Riwald Dakar Team had a solid day: Bernhard ten Brinke rode a fine seventeenth time, Erik Wevers finished just outside the top 30.


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Ten Brinke showed the potential of the HRX Ford by putting down a strong stage: "Because of the dust of the participants for me, the visibility was often very poor. We have done a relatively easy pace but the HRX Ford felt good. I did have some problems with the gears because of the dust in the gearbox. Despite that, a solid day."

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Wevers also had to deal with large clouds of dust. In the second part of the stage he drove behind a competitor for a long time, since overtaking on the narrow paths with deep ravines was impossible: "In the first part of the special stage, we were stuck in a rio. We lost some time. In the second part, overtaking was really a too big risk."

The goal for the second week of the Dakar is clear: constant driving and trying to gain some places without taking too much risk. After the well-deserved rest day on Saturday, the participants will continue on Sunday with a loop of 500 kilometres. After stony terrains at the beginning of the day, some top speeds will be recorded in the second part of the stage, and then the drivers’ road techniques will be tested, and all of this at an average altitude of almost 3,500m. To end this highly emotional day, they will have to cross a vast salt flat extending over twenty or so kilometres.

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