|OiLibya Rally Morocco: Riwald Dakar team shows potential in Morocco.|
The Dutch "Riwald Dakar Team" has made serious progression towards the Dakar Rally 2014 during the tough "OiLibya Rally of Morocco". The service team works flawless, the driver pairs are razor sharp and the HRX Ford can battle with the best. The potential is there, but things can be improved.
Erik Wevers, responsible for the development of the Ford V8, is the the best-placed Riwald driver in 7th spot. "We are extremely pleased about how the Ford performed. The car did not mis a single beat. Definitely worth a compliment to all the men of Wevers Sport! Seventh overall is beautiful, also because we did not push at all.”
During the last leg Gert Huzink was plagued by a battery problem and a flat tire, but together with Pascal Maimon he looks back at successful rally. The Riwald pairs ends in tenth place overall. "This was a successful test rally. I am very pleased with the results. The cooperation with Pascal went perfect. We have to sort out one of two issues on the car, and after that I can’t wait for the Dakar to start!"
Bernhard ten Brinke and Matthieu Baumel used the final stage to experiment with various settings on the car. Including the differentials. "We gained valuable knowledge towards the Dakar", said the Riwald driver who finished sixth today. With a stage win, a third place and a total of 4 top 10 rankings the potential is there for a strong performance in South America in a few months. "We have solved the weaknesses of the car during this rally and the service crew works even better. Very valuable."
OiLibya Rally of Morocco overall ranking
01) Terranova / Fiúza (ARG/PT) I Mini All4 Racing I 16:42:42
02) Sireyjol / Beguin (F/B) I Buggy I 16:52:25
03) Vasilyev / Yevtyekhov (RUS/RUS) I Mini All4 Racing I 16:58:44
04) Garafulic / Picard (CHL/F) I Mini All4 Racing I 17:13:43
2013/10/21 | 17:11 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RIWALD