|SA-Dakar: Chagin takes victory in first stage, De Rooy/Bekx/Ginkel out.|
The Russian Vladimir Chagin has won the first stage of the Dakar 2011, He completed the first special stage in 1:45 hours. He was closely followed by Ales Loprais (Tatra) with a diference of 4.19 minutes.
Kabirov came in 3rd place followed by Nikolaev. We also are sadened to comunicate the withdraw of Gerard De Rooy, He suffered a back injury at a jump in Km72 in which he required medical asistance. This is a big loss to the race as he is a formidable adversary.
Also the Dutch Wuf van Ginkel (Ginaf) and Hans Bekx (DAF) are out of the race. Both crashed their trucks during the Liaison. Van Ginkel had a flat tire on a highway and rolled his Ginaf, Hans Bekx also crashed his DAF, but we don´t have details now.
Eduard Nikolaev in action during the first stage of Dakar Rally 2011 in Rio Cuarto, Entre Rios province, Argentina on january 2nd, 2011
Firdaus Kabirov (driver), Aydar Belyaev (co-driver) and Andrey Mokeev (co-driver) in action during the first stage of Dakar Rally 2011 in Rio Cuarto, Entre Rios province, Argentina on january 2nd, 2011
2011/01/03 | 00:52 CET | ARTICLE: MR/KAMAZ