|Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais.|
At the beginning of the Dakar adventure dedicated Ales Loprais the imaginary silver for the second place in the opening stage to his new-born son Alex. Then he added a bronze in the third stage from San Rafael to San Juan and the collection of successes is complete after Tuesday, Aleš Loprais and his Tatra prototype added the most valuable – the stage gold.
Ales Loprais and the 504 crew were very successful in the 10th stage. Since start in Iquique the truck drove as fast as hell. On the first waypoint on 33rd km was Loprais losing five seconds to the leading Karginov (Kamaz), on the second was the Queen 69 a half a minute before Kamaz.
But that wasn’t the end of pulling over. After 106 km on the 3rd waypoint lead Karginov again, but only one second ahead Aleš Loprais. The lead was bigger on the 4th waypoint, but on the sixth waypoint the order was how all Czech fans wanted to see – Loprais the first and Karginov a minute and 40 seconds after him. At the end of the first part of the special stage was Aleš Loprais the fastest again, a minute and 19 seconds ahead before his pursuers.
Dunes, sand, fesh-fesh dust everywhere. Sotnikov from Kamaz would tell about it, which defended the fourth place in the overall ranking. But he got stuck yesterday, so now Loprais grabbed the fourth place in the overall ranking. He is losing about 33 minutes to the third Nikolajev. De Rooy is winning, Karginov is after yesterday 8 minutes after him.
"Winning the stage! Satisfaction after technical problems in previous days. We had only three clear stages without technical problems so far in this Dakar. The more I am pleased that we always conquered the podium," happily evaluates Aleš Loprais the result and continues: "2014 Dakar is really hard."
"Until on Wednesday we managed to find the optimum damper setting, which is essential to ride in Atacama Desert. On the one side the sixth victory of stage in the Dakar charged me extremely, but on the other hand however I am sorry that the setting we discovered now. However tomorrow may be all different. I really would like to get on the podium this year, but I realize how difficult it will be."
Trucks overall results after SS10 Iquique-Antofagasta 446 km
||DRIVER / CODRIVER
||De Rooy/Colsoul/Rodewald (NL)
||Stacey/Ruf/Der Kinderen (NL)
||Kuipers/Torrall./Van der Vaet (NL)
||Vila Roca/Van Eerd/Colome (ES)
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2014/01/16 | 22:26 CET | ARTICLE LOPRAIS