Dakar: X-raid BMW stage 14 report

Again Top Ten Result for Monterde It was not easy going today, but also not too hard. The 14th leg today to Tambacounda went over a total distance of 630 kilometres. Stating tomorrow, the distances of the specials will become considerably...

Again Top Ten Result for Monterde
It was not easy going today, but also not too hard.

The 14th leg today to Tambacounda went over a total distance of 630 kilometres. Stating tomorrow, the distances of the specials will become considerably shorter - 225 kilometres on Saturday and 31 kilometres on Sunday - but today the participants once again had to make it through a tough 529 kilometre special. There was a lot offered in terms of variety to keep the drivers very busy on their way to the finish in Tambacounda; bush land, passages through villages and several smaller rivers that needed to be crossed all kept things quite lively.

X-raid driver José Luis Monterde today achieved once again a top ten-result. The Spaniard crossed 22:30 minutes behind stage winner Ari Vatanen (Nissan) the finish line and took 9th place: "It was not easy going today, but also not too hard. Again it was very dusty and we also had to cross some rivers. Every stage is exciting now - even if they are not as difficult as the first ones - because every kilometre we are coming closer to Dakar we feel more happy." In the overall rankings José Luis Monterde is remaining on 9th place.

Tomorrow the remaining participants will bring the 15 th, and second-to-last, leg of the 27th Dakar Rally under their wheels. From Tambacounda there is a total of 569 kilometres (225 km special) to be completed before reaching Dakar. Anyone who has come this far at the end of the day will have earned the right to celebrate; after having conquered the 8,971 kilometres up to this point, countless dunes and other driving challenges, every finisher can enjoy his own taste of victory. From the tropical rainforest, the drivers will encounter an entirely new landscape when the course changes into the Savannah. Here there are very few landmarks, so correct navigation will play an important role for one last time. The liaison to Dakar will follow and the closer the procession comes to reaching the Senegal capitol, the more the number of onlookers standing along the streets will grow - which, with their African gaiety, ensure the unique atmosphere of Dakar.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Ari Vatanen , Jose Luis Monterde