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Dakar 2017, Stage 8: Van den Brink wins, Sotnikov retakes lead

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Dakar 2017, Stage 8: Van den Brink wins, Sotnikov retakes lead
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Jan 10, 2017, 3:29 PM

Martin van den Brink scored his second trucks stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally in the shortened Tuesday test, as Dmitry Sotnikov retook the overall lead.

#513 Team Kamaz Master: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev, Igor Leonov
#513 Team Kamaz Master: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev, Igor Leonov
#513 Team Kamaz Master: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev, Igor Leonov
#513 Team Kamaz Master: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev, Igor Leonov
#513 Team Kamaz Master: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev, Igor Leonov

While the Uyuni-Salta stage was originally intended to be 492km long, torrid weather once again forced organisers to shorten the distance and finish the truck category at the first checkpoint, after 174km.

Van den Brink, who led the rally after Stage 2 before his truck caught on fire in the subsequent run, crossed the line with the fastest time in his Renault.

The Dutchman beat Iveco's Federico Villagra by 17 seconds, followed by victory contenders Eduard Nikolaev and Sotnikov.

The Kamaz duo were third and second respectively overnight, and both managed to pass defending champion Gerard de Rooy (Iveco), who lost several minutes towards the end.

While he dropped down to third, he remains just 2m20s adrift Sotnikov, whose lead over teammate Nikolaev is 1m46s.

Villagra is the best of the rest in fourth, taking advantage of Ayrat Mardeev (Kamaz) running into trouble, 29 minutes off the lead.

Pascal de Baar (Renault) also gained a spot to move into fifth, followed by Peter Versluis (MAN), the last driver within an hour of leader Sotnikov.

Trucks standings after Stage 8:

Pos.DriverTruckTime/Gap
1

 Dmitry Sotnikov

Kamaz

17h52m20s
2

 Eduard Nikolaev

Kamaz +1m46s
3

 Gerard De Rooy

Iveco +2m20s
4

 Federico Villagra

Iveco +29m06s
5

 Pascal De Baar

Renault Trucks +45m34s
6

 Peter Versluis

MAN +57m56s
7

 Aleksander Vasilevski

MAZ +1h42m26s
8

 Teruhito Sugawara

HINO +1h43m27s
9

 Martin Kolomy

Tatra +2h03m23s
10

 Aleis Loprais

Tatra +2h29m19s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Sub-event Stage 8: Uyuni - Salta
Drivers Dmitry Sotnikov
Teams Team Kamaz Master
Author David Gruz