|Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: The Dongfeng Challenge following the Dakar trucks.|
The Rally Dakar has already held its seventh and eighth stages. Sunday, a huge crowd moved to attend the spectacle in the roads near Salta. The morning brought some rain with it, but the weather got nicer soon. After crossing the beautiful valleys of the region, participants came back to the bivouac in town.
The "Dongfeng Challenge" team - following the Dakar Rally with a Dongfeng truck to get experience for the Dakar Rally 2015, camped in the area known as Puna, deprived of any communication, either by phone or Internet. The thin air up there caused headaches to some of them, as well as the typical discomforts of being hypo-oxygenated before driving on their way to Calama.
Meanwhile, the rally caravan had its farewell from Argentina today and got into Chilean territory through the Sico Pass, located at 4,600 meters above sea level. Despite such altitude, the Dongfeng truck, as usual along this hard drive-test, worked free of problems.
The issue concerning tires is very important in a cross-country round like this. Dakar trucks use 14.00 R20 tyres. Its pressure depends on the sort of road the vehicles run and might go from 14 to 44 pounds (1 to 4 bar). Durability can often become critic when one thinks that these vehicles have between 850 and 1,000 horse power, a number that more than once destroy pieces of the rubber band.
As a consequence, it is necessary to change driving tyres each leg, although teams pushing for leading positions will replace a full set of them on a day by day basis. Rules tell that each truck must have at least two spare wheels.
The Kamaz of Andrey Karginov (Russia) won the leg Monday afternoon, but Gerard de Rooy (Netherland, Iveco) is still on top after 31:20:29 rallying.
Today (Tuesday), the Calama-Iquique link will consist of 451 kilometers (422 of special stage and 29 of road section). It will be this Dakar’s shortest leg.
Trucks overall results after SS08 Salta - Calama/Chile 302 km
||DRIVER / CODRIVER
||De Rooy/Colsoul/Rodewald (NL)
||Stacey/Ruf/Der Kinderen (NL)
||Vila Roca/Van Eerd/Colome (ES)
||Kuipers/Torrall./Van der Vaet (NL)
||Van Vliet/Pronk/Klein (NL)
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2014/01/14 | 17:55 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/DF