Dakar: De Rooy team stage 12 report

Gerard de Rooy wins his first Special De Rooy Jr. is victorious on a tough, for him complete new track. Father Jan takes the 3rd place Another long night in the bivouac from Kiffa for the remaining competitors. The briefing at 09.30 p.m. on ...

Gerard de Rooy wins his first Special

De Rooy Jr. is victorious on a tough, for him complete new track. Father Jan takes the 3rd place

Another long night in the bivouac from Kiffa for the remaining competitors. The briefing at 09.30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, when over 60 competitors still had to finish, was very emotional. Out of reverence for Fabrizio Meoni, who died after an accident, a minute of silence was respected. The farewell to the Lion of the desert, called Africano by his colleagues because of his partiality for this continent. . . . .

After the briefing almost all competitors worked on their vehicles until early this morning as today the 2nd marathon of the rally is on the program so they are not allowed to work on the vehicles tonight with the vehicles in the parc ferme.

So no service until Thursday evening. At 03.00 a.m. still 7 motor bikes, 23 cars and 19 trucks had to finish.

Early this morning only the cars and the trucks left towards Bamako in Mali. The motor bikers and their bikes were, on their own request, transported by plane.

The organization reported that 122 cars and truck appeared at the start for the 12th stage. A study of the arrivals on Tuesday evening shows that there were only 100 competitors, including 24 trucks.

What strikes one most is that all DAF trucks are still in the race. First Hans Bekx, followed by the complete Gauloises de Rooy Team and the Spaniard Tibau who's driving Jan de Rooy's old DAF.

The Special had a length of 586 kilometres, first over a very fast track across the Sahel with the first vegetation and problems for the navigators because of the lack of clear markings. After the fast tracks quite a number of villages, where a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour has been checked through the GPS. Finally the knights of the desert met small tracks, with little space to pass and the first rivers and animals. To put in shortly: a beautiful stage, unless you're suffering damage that couldn't be repaired.

Firdaus Kabirov passed checkpoint 1 first after 151 kilometres. Jan de Rooy, in the meantime driving without a front bumper just like his two team mates, followed at 23 seconds. Tchaguine passed 3rd at 1.18 minute and Gerard de Rooy at 1.40 minute. Hans Bekx passed 5th at 6.47 minutes and Hugo Duisters 7th at 9.56 minutes.

After 315 kilometres, Gerard de Rooy was fastest, an unknown MAN pilot, Daraszi, passed 2nd at 5 minutes, followed by Kabirov at 6.35 minutes and father Jan de Rooy at 9.07 minutes. Hans Bekx needed almost 17 minutes more. Also Hugo Duister did a top-job. He passed 9th at almost 24 minutes behind Gerard. Tchaguine was 42 minutes later.

Was Junior on his way to his first stage victory? Another 271 kilometres, while the track went more and more narrow and treacherous.

The answer is YES. Gerard de Rooy did his best stage in his still young history as a DAKAR-pilot. Winning an complete new stage is a great performance and a reward for the perseverance of the young entrepreneur who met a lot of bad luck during the first part of the Rally.

Gerard finished 5.17 minutes faster than the leader Kabirov and 54.48 minutes ahead of his father who finished 3rd. Tchaguine followed at 58.59 minutes and Hans Bekx took the 5th place at 1.00.34 hour. Hugo Duisters finished 6th at 1.08.46 hours, quite a good job taking into account that he worked together with the crew of the assistance truck until 4.30 a.m. this morning on the 3rd rally truck.

Kabirov keeps the overall leadership. The man from Veghel, Hans Bekx, follows at 2.56.12 hours. Vismara takes the 3rd place at 6.11.33 hours and Sugawara is 4th at 6.13.12 hours. Jan de Rooy moved up to the 5th place at 8.05.37 behind the Russian leader. Gerard de Rooy takes the 8th place at 11.03.10 hours, Hugo Duisters is 27th at 32.29.40 hours.

To be continued . . . . .

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Series Dakar
Drivers Gerard de Rooy , Hugo Duisters , Jan de Rooy , Firdaus Kabirov , Hans Bekx