|SA-Dakar Rally: Riwald Mitsubishi Team "For a first stage pretty interesting".|
Today, the first stage was driven by the team. A special stage of 60 kilometers. "Does not sound special, but for a first stage pretty interesting" the Team said. "Pretty indeed, along the coastline, a few kilometers southwards of Mar del Plata."
Along the way, the men and lady came across some dunes. No big ones, but big enough to get used to them again. They will see enough dunes in the upcoming couple of days. Bernhard ten Brinke and his codriver Matthieu Baumel conquered a nice ninth spot in the overall ranking. The first noted Dutchman, something to be proud of.
Erik Wevers and Fabian Lurquin drove behind a buggy which was drinf to slow, but he could’nt get by it. Het lost some valuable time there. He’s on a shared 15-th place with the Dutch Erik van Loon (also Mitsubishi Racing Lancer).
Gert Huzink and navigator Eugénie Decré had a good day. "It felt great, we’ve experienced no exceptional thing along the route. Perfect getting started like this", said the Dutch after the first stage.
Richard Huzink, Ed Wigman (navigator) and Jaap de Wit in the fast-assistance service truck had a bit of shirtage of luch today. With the overtaking of a car, he hit with one wheel, two holes. This crooked the handlebar. Together with Ed Wigman and Jaap de Wit it could be fixed, but it meant that tey lost some minutes. "A shame, because we were ranked 24-th in WP1. It’s a bummer, but we’ll get through it. Monday is another day, let’s go for it!"
2012/01/02 | 14:12 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/RIWALD