De MÃ©vius in second place after an excellent run GrÃ©goire de MÃ©vius drove a tactically clever race and earned his reward of third place in the day's standings. The Belgian mastered the, in parts, really fast 355-km special stage in over five...
De Mévius in second place after an excellent run
Grégoire de Mévius drove a tactically clever race and earned his reward of third place in the day's standings. The Belgian mastered the, in parts, really fast 355-km special stage in over five and-a-half hours. He crossed the finish line in his BMW X5 32:21 min. behind the day's fastest driver Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi). For the team, there is a special celebratory mood because of the position in the overall standings in which de Mévius ranks second, with a 1:04.38 h deficit behind Peterhansel. Team colleague Luc Alphand came in fifth, 22 minutes after de Mévius.
X-raid sport-director Erwin Weber is pleased with today's results, the performance of his drivers and the team: "Congratulations to Grégoire, that's a great result and it gives the whole team a boost of motivation. I'm very satisfied with what we've achieved up to now especially because Grégoire de Mévius and Luc Alphand are driving very sensibly and, above all, they've stuck to the game plan 100%. Grégoire has every chance for a place on the podium, but it is also clear that Mitsubishi simply is driving in another world. I'm not presumptuous enough to say that we can overtake them; that is almost utopian. Nevertheless, we'll continue to push on and keep a shot of confidence in reserve, because you never know... The BMW's are dependable and the engineering is stable. This has often been a decisive factor between victory and defeat in the Dakar. The burden has been very heavy in the past days for everyone and several difficult stages are yet to come. Our team spirit is high and that's why I'm confident that we'll master this Dakar."
Tomorrow (Friday) the longest and hardest special stage of this year's Dakar, with a distance of 736 kilometres, awaits the competitors. It will lead from Tidjikja to Nema and this route has been the stage of a number of historical moments of the Dakar Rally. After a fast start on soft sand, it will head towards Tichit and then to the spring of Aratoue- the death rattle of the elephant, and finally to the Enji-pass where a sandstorm in 1985 brought almost all participants to a standstill. The teams will once again have complete service available to them at the destination Nema.