Gerard de Rooy wins 2nd Special!!! There's no stopping Team Gauloises de Rooy. Jan 2nd and Hugo 3rd Four days before the end of the 27th edition of LE DAKAR, the complete Team Gauloises de Rooy shows it's teeth. Gerard de Rooy leads from the...
Gerard de Rooy wins 2nd Special!!!
There's no stopping Team Gauloises de Rooy. Jan 2nd and Hugo 3rd
Four days before the end of the 27th edition of LE DAKAR, the complete Team Gauloises de Rooy shows it's teeth. Gerard de Rooy leads from the beginning till the end of the Special, father and pilot of nr. 526, and Hugo Duisters keep the rivals at distance.
Hardly a day goes by that the organization amazes the competitors with changes in regulations. Although the vehicles had to stay in Parc Ferme according the regulations as it was a Marathon stage on Wednesday and Thursday and no service was allowed, the organization decided to allow repairs on the vehicles. Whether their fear to arrive in Dakar with only a few vehicles plays a role is not quite clear.
It was clear that the Russian Kabirov was fetched and carried for. He arrived in Bamaka by the skin of his teeth. The back of his truck was completely come off the cabin. The Russian saw his 1st place coming into danger but could leave the bivouac at 11.10 p.m. and try to repair his damaged truck. At 03.00 a.m. this morning he returned with a cobbled up truck. At that moment only 58 cars and 17 trucks out of the 122 remaining competitors that left the bivouac in Kiffa in the morning, made it to Bamako.
Gerard de Rooy, proud winner of yesterday's mammoth stage was not really happy with the messy management of the organization. "In fact this is against all agreements what happens here," and he smiling adds that it was also very convenient to him "we do have some damage on the exterior of our truck, so a touch-up is no luxury".
The efforts were not in vain. From the beginning of the 370 kilometres long Special Gerard de Rooy took the lead. First only with a few minutes difference but later on the differences grew.
After the start of 108 motor bikes and 114 cars and truck, De Rooy Jr. was first at checkpoint 1 after 152 kilometres. Tchaguine followed at 6.45 minutes, Hugo Duisters 3rd at 8.00 minutes being 30 seconds faster than Hans Bekx. Kabirov followed 14th at 20 minutes.
Jan de Rooy wasn't shown on the lists but a study of the iriTrack system showed that Jan had to be 2nd just before Tchaguine.
Gerard de Rooy was also fastest at checkpoint 2. After 246 kilometres even 10 minutes faster than his father who took the 2nd place and 20 minutes faster than team mate Hugo Duisters who's doing better and better. Bekx passed at 21.11 minutes, Tchaguine at 21.47 minutes and Kabirov almost lost 40 minutes at Gerard.
After a Special of 370 kilometres the splendid performance of Gerard de Rooy was even better when it appeared that father Jan and Hugo Duisters took the other 2 places of honour.
Jan de Rooy finished 2nd at 18.50 minutes, Hugo Duisters 3rd at 31.23 minutes, Tchaguine 4th at 33.17 minutes, Hans Bekx 5th at 36.03 minutes. The leader Kabirov lost 51.55 minutes at De Rooy Jr., who finished 26th in the combined car/truck list. "It was a very fast but also dangerous Special. We drove calm and took profit out of our starting position," chuckled Gerard de Rooy on his way to the bivouac in Kayes.
Kabirov keeps the overall lead. Hans Beks gained a bit but is still at 2.40.20 hours from the Russian. Sugawara takes the 3rd place at 6.02.43 hours, Vismara is 4th at 6.12.38 hours and Jan de Rooy now takes the 5th place at 7.32.32 hours. Gerard de Rooy takes the 7th place at 10.11.15 hours and Hugo Duisters also a provisional 22nd place.
To be continued . . . . .