|Dakar Rally 2014: Gerard de Rooy with third place and still overall leader.|
From the rankings at the waypoints the seventh special from Salta to Salta over 524 kms was a fast one with minor differences for the Dutch Truckteam De Rooy. Last year´s winner Nikolaev (kamaz) was on the lead from the first kilometer onwards and during the first 300 kms his teammete Sotnikov and Gerard de Rooy were only seconds behind him.
In the second part of the special, Nikolaev increases his lead and finally wins the stage, being 2:55 minutes ahead of his team mate Sotnikov. De Rooy took a good 3rd place at 3:49 minutes. Friday´s winner, Peter Versluis, finished 4th at 8:04 minutes. More important for the general rankings is the disappointing result of Kamaz-driver Karginov who finished 7th, 8:45 minutes behind Gerard who´s still the leader.
Hans Stacey takes the 8th place, 15:10 behind the winner of the day. The fast service trucks were well matched and finished brotherly at a 15th and 16th place, 19:48 (Jo Adua) and 20:43 (Pep Vila) minutes behind Nikolaev.
In the general rankings it´s the Iveco Powerstar from Gerard de Rooy who defends his position with a great deal of verve. He´s now 37:50 minutes ahead of Karginov. The 3rd place is for Nikolaev who´s 01:03:08 hours behind, followed by another Kamaz-pilot, Sotnikov at 01:21:46 hour.
Hans Stacey takes the 5th place in the general rankings but feels Ales Loprais breathing down his neck; the difference between them is only 22 seconds, for the time being in favour of the Iveco Trakker. Pep Vila follows at the 7th place but is almost half an hour behind Hans Stacey and Ales Loprais.
"It´s important to stay sharp during these kind of stages and to be careful with your tires and brakes. Every stone you can avoid is an advantage. We saw Marcel van Vliet after 250 kms with a flat tyre, so we knew it would be a heavy day. If you lose ground in a stage like Sunday, it´s over. Overtaking on such a narrow track is a perilous undertaking for the trucks," said Gerard de Rooy after the stage.
Trucks overall results after SS07 Salta - Salta 525 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 | 02:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ARCADIA