Dakar: Szalay Dakar Team stage 13 report

Szalay's duo is moving ahead faster The Balázs Szalay - László Bunkoczi duo finished the first Senegal stage with the Opel Antara as 27th. It was an especially curvy and fast stage, just like that of Thursday. Competitors were proven in the...

Szalay's duo is moving ahead faster

The Balázs Szalay - László Bunkoczi duo finished the first Senegal stage with the Opel Antara as 27th. It was an especially curvy and fast stage, just like that of Thursday. Competitors were proven in the morning already, that they are in Black Africa: cute little monkeys and colorful parrots boosted their mood for the stage.

"After the start we have reached the one that started out before us, and we were following him on some 25 kilometers when for the first time we started to get in front. - said Szalay. - We couldn't, however, see through the dust, so it would have been very dangerous to start getting up front when anything could happen so unexpectedly. This way we ended up taking the upcoming 200 kilometers in their dust cloud. A tree hit our windshield in the meantime, but despite this we were having loads of fun on the narrow bumpy tracks."

The Szalay - Bunkoczi duo had a better result on Friday than the Palik - Darázsi duo, with whom they seem to be in a private competition.

All members of the regional team - sponsored by MOL - are in competition still. The Slovakian Jaroslav Katrinak made it to be a fantastic 7th, making him 9th in the totals. The KTM pilot told us that tracks were very dangerous, so he was driving at a medium pace. This day he chose this tactic, he navigated alone and it worked, since he didn't have to drive in anyone's dust, and still found his way. Which is more important, though, is that he got a day closer to Dakar.

Péter Kátai lost his way a few times at this stage, and had to turn back once because he lost his seat (together with his waybill). Despite this he had no other problems. Probably he'll get a 5 minute penalty for having lost his waybill, but still - knowing the above - that 28th position is not bad at all.

The Romanian Emanul Gyenes is right behind Kátai with his 29th position. The completed stage became his second favorite after the Portimao tracks. To tell the truth, he has never in his life swallowed so much dust, however he started his biking career quite long ago. It was a quad who went in ahead of him on a stage and he couldn't get in front, because he didn't want to take risks. He managed though, soon, and from then on he could drive in his own tempo. He had seen Coma's and Pujol's bikes on the side of the road, and he got a bit scared. He said to himself that it is a must to go on without any mistakes now, being as close to the finish.

-credit: szalay

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Series Dakar
Drivers Laszlo Bunkoczi , Jaroslav Katrinak , Balazs Szalay