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Dakar 2009: Hungarian Darazsi unit leaves the field.

Unfortunately, the nightmare of every Dakar competitor became reality for the Hungarian Szalay Dakar Team and the troubles came thick and fast. The crew of the MAN race truck piloted by Zsolt Dar?zsi has again the problem that they had before, the engine, as it is called by the service crew, the heart of the truck stopped throbbing.

"We never believed that the truck falls out of the competition, because it drove along four Dakar Rallies without any problem" the team told. "We were often nervous during the past years about the team leader, Balazs Szalay whether he drops out on a stretch, but never worried about the Truck, the secure background supporter of the team that was always there to help in trouble. We never thought that it may stop rolling and it is over. "

On the first two days of the race the team got frightened, but the mechanics of the team breathed soul into the machine and it entered the battle again and again persistently. Tomorrow it won´t. It´s over. Darazcsi trio is out of the race. They are very far from the camp, they cannot be given a ride from there and they do not have time and energy to fix it on the spot and set to the remaining couple hundred kilometers. By the time they would got to the camp putting every wheel in motion, the field would be fare ahead of them.

The other troubling news is that the Szalay Balazs and Daniel Saskin units are left without backup assistance. As a former Dakar-rider and an acquaintance of everyone they would probably find a partner to carry their equipment. A helpful hand can always be found. But there is no equipment to pack up because all main spare parts were carried by Darazcs tuck?

Of the crew Bea Bahor flies home and the two guys, zsolt Darazsi and Ro?bert Kiss will set off again from Buenos Aires and will join the filed of the Dakar by car. The other Opel Antara of the team was found, they had problems with the rear bridge, but they are at the end of the stage wom, the T4 could help them out for the last time.

2009/01/07 | 15:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/

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