Hope for top 10 finish goes up in flames on the ninth stage of 2013 Dakar. One HRX Ford remains in the Dakar rally.
In the longest stage of the Dakar 2013 the Riwald Dakar Team was robbed of a top 10 finish. A bend at km mark 423 was sharper than the roadbook predicted. Erik Wevers and Fabian Lurquin went wide and ended up on the side in the dry grass with their HRX Ford. The glowing brakes set the grass on fire and soon after the car started burning until almost nothing was left. Opposite to this drama Gert Huzink marked a beautiful thirteenth place in the long battle over 593 km.
Gert Huzink is best form
Amidst all disappointment Gert Huzink and Eugenie Decré made their best performance so far this rally. The Dutch/French pair gradually worked their way up during the 593 km stage: 23th at the first waypoint, 15th at WP9 and thirteenth at the finish. The good day result ensures the remaining Riwald team of a 29th place in the overall ranking.
Erik Wevers/Fabian Lurquin (car number 325) "There are no words for what happened today. We watched how the fire developed, it came actually quite slow. The car could have been saved by the fire brigade. But this is the Dakar. Here is everything different."
Riwald Dakar Team