Dakar Trucks, Stage 7: Nikolaev heads Kamaz 1-2, Versluis takes lead

Eduard Nikolaev picked up his second truck win in three days in the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, as Peter Versluis took over out front.

2013 champion Nikolaev had set the pace until CP1 but subsequently lost ground, dropping as low as fifth before the neutralised zone.

However, he bounced back to reclaim the top spot in the day's timesheets by CP2 and confidently wrapped up the win.

Reigning winner Ayrat Mardeev completed a Kamaz 1-2 as the only driver to finish within a minute of Nikolaev.

In third place, Versluis enjoyed a strong day as he took the first spot overall by five and a half minutes after erstwhile leader Hans Stacey had hit trouble.

The 2007 champion lost time after having to change a tire and struggled for pace throughout the whole day to find himself 13m44s behind.

Gerard de Rooy completed the top four, which was only separated by 2m11s, with Andrey Karginov putting a third Kamaz into the top five.

Ton van Genugten and Federico Villagra, who had led before the mid-day break, lost around nine and 13 minutes respectively by the time the running concluded to end up in sixth and tenth respectively.

However, their issues looked minimal compared to Martin Kolomy, who is now out of contention, having crashed while stuck behind Dmitry Sotnikov’s truck.

De Rooy now stands as Versluis' nearest rival as Stacey and Villagra have fallen back to fifth and sixth overall respectively. The latter duo are now behind the Kamaz pair of Mardeev and Nikolaev, who appear to have shrugged off a slow start to the rally.

Standings after Stage 7

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 510

Peter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

21h01m56s
2 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

5m31s
3 500

 Ayrat Mardeev

 Aydar Belyaev

 Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

10m48s
4 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

10m54s
5 506

Hans Stacey

Serge Bruynkens

Jan van der Vaet

MAN

11m28s
6 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

15m35s
7 516

Ton van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

29m00s
8 537

Maurik van den Heuvel

Wilko van Oort

Peter Kuijpers

Scania

1h21m53s
9 525

Martin Macik

 Frantisek Tomasek

 Michal Mrkva

Liaz

1h24m51s
10 504

 Andrey Karginov

 Andrey Mokeev

 Igor Leonov

Kamaz

1h25m35s

 

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 7: Uyuni - Salta
Drivers Eduard Nikolaev , Ayrat Mardeev , Peter Versluis
Article type Stage report
Tags truck