|SA-Dakar Rally: Stagewin for Karginov-Kamaz, De Rooy/Stacey still leaders.|
Most of the competitors thought this was a stage to forget. Not much to do, but enough possibilities to get a breakdown. Like Hans Bekx already implied a few days ago: No stages that make the Dutchmen happy.
Stage 11 was won again by Kamaz, this time from Andrey Karginov and his crew. The needed 03:52:50 hours, just 3:03 minutes less then Dutchmen Hans Stacey and 5:02 to Italian Miki Biasion in their Ivecos.
In the overall ranking, Iveco-driver Gerard de Rooy is still on the lead and 55:58 minutes ahead of team mate Hans Stacey. The third rider, Arthur Ardavichus from Kasachstan, is 01:20:29 hour behind with his private Kamaz.
The rest of the field follows at due distance of the Iveco. The fast service truck of Jo Adua still keeps the 6th place. Team mate Miki Biasion really did well; at this moment he takes the 8th place, which means the 4th Iveco in the Top 10.
"It doesn’t work this year to push the pedal throughout the contest" said Hans Stacey. "After 15 kilometres we had to go through a riverbed that was described in the routebook as ´not too difficult´. Everything seems to be ok but suddenly the steering wheel stands square to the cabin."
"The first reaction of Bernard was ´a flat tyre´ but as we can directly look in the Groeneveld camera system, we saw a broken spring leaf on the left front axle. We couldn’t do anything else but driving on but it did cost some speed. About 30 kilometres further on we had to slam on the brakes because of a dog on the track, that’s love for animals... what a gentleman, the oil trader from Best."
Overall leader Gerard de Rooy said: "Today we did what we were expected to do: strengthen. When we saw Ardavichus standing still with a flat tyre, we pulled in immediately in order to let Hans take over so he could gain some time. In the 2nd part of the stage we saw that Hans made a navigation mistake that did cost him some time but as a team we can be satisfied."
2012/01/13 | 17:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/DEROOY