|Dakar Rally 2013: Dutch Erik Wevers leaves Peru with new personal best.|
Erik Wevers and Fabian Lurquin finished fourteenth today in the fifth stage between Arequipa and Arica. It is the best day result of the Dutch Riwald Dakar Team in this Dakar Rally so far. Gert Huzink found good speed during the short special of 172 km and conquered 32th place. Tomorrow a new chapter begins in Chile.
Today was the first time in days without dunes on the menu. The last test in Peruvian territory consisted of gravel paths, fesh fesh and dirt roads. The speeds were therefore high. Erik Wevers and Fabian Lurquin had a great day and were underway for a top 10 finish with their HRX Ford, until the pair lost time in the dust of the American Robby Gordon and the Argentinian Orlando Terranova.
"Everything went smooth today: the car, navigating and driving. It is unfortunate that we lost out precious seconds after being passed by Gordon and Terranova. You just have to slow down in the dust because you literally don’t see anything" said Wevers after the stage.
Gert Huzink felt very much at home in the HRX Ford with number 346 today. The result could have been better, but costly minutes were lost after a puncture. Gert and co-driver Eugénie Decré also stopped to check on a crashed team. When the pair appeared ok, Gert and Eugénie continued towards the finishing line in full trottle. "The feeling was good today. It was a nice special stage. Very varied. Short but powerful."
Erik Wevers and Fabian Lurquin can be found in sixteenth place in the general classification, Gert Huzink and Eugénie Decré are in thirtieth position.
2013/01/10 | 00:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RIWALD