Dakar Trucks, Stage 12: Versluis gets second win, De Rooy extends lead

Peter Versluis set the pace in the penultimate stage of the Dakar 2016 truck race, while leader Gerard de Rooy pulled further away from his main rivals.

For the trucks, the Friday stage was run on a shorter timed route of 267 km - almost half the distance covered by the three other categories.

42-year-old Versluis, who had also triumphed back in Stage 2 following a Hans Stacey penalty, topped the leaderboards at each waypoint of the Friday run.

And while he was less than two minutes ahead for most of the action, he would end up beating local contender Federico Villagra by 3m14s at the finish line.

The latter was four seconds clear of Stacey for the runner-up spot - with the duo followed by Jaroslav Valtr, who looks set to score his first top-ten Dakar finish on his fifth attempt.

Just as on Thursday, Gerard de Rooy was not among the fastest - but the IVECO driver completed the stage within five minutes of the lead and was ahead of main rival Ayrat Mardeev, only tenth.

De Rooy will kick off the final stage with a lead of 1h13m10s, while second-placed Mardeev has a gap of half an hour over Villagra.

Standings after Stage 12

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

42h128m59s
2 500

Ayrat Mardeev

Aydar Belyaev

Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

1h13m10s
3 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

1h43m35s
4 516

Ton van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

2h17m10s
5 506

Hans Stacey

Serge Bruynkens

Jan van der Vaet

MAN

2h28m57s
6 529

Pascal de Baar

Martin Roesink

Wouter de Graaf

Renault

2h58m04s
7 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

3h43m11s
8 533

Jaroslav Valtr

Josef Kalina

Jiri Stross

Tatra

3h53m10s
9 510

Peter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

4h02m03s
10 518

 Pep Vila Roca

 Xavi Colome

 Marc Torres

IVECO

4h38m55s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 12: San Juan - Villa Carlos Paz
Drivers Gerard de Rooy , Peter Versluis
Article type Stage report
Tags truck