"Every day something else happens. Reaching Dakar is now our target" The 9th stage contained a special of 316 kilometres for the tired and moaning left-over competitors of the world's toughest rally. No camel grass, but a fast track with hardly...
"Every day something else happens. Reaching Dakar is now our target"
The 9th stage contained a special of 316 kilometres for the tired and moaning left-over competitors of the world's toughest rally. No camel grass, but a fast track with hardly any problem for the navigators, or it had to be the big stones which were on the track and at the end of the stage the prospect of the rest day. Finally 137 motorbikes, 110 cars and 49 trucks appeared at the start of the 9th stage. In the meantime 167 desert-goers found their Waterloo.
Jan and Gerard de Rooy decided on Friday evening that the assistance vehicles didn't have to do the tough trip to Tidjikja and sent them straight to the bivouac in Atâr. The rally trucks weren't damaged that bad so it was decided that the help of number 526 would do. Hugo Duisters arrived in Tichit on Friday evening around 10.30 p.m. en went on to Tidjkikja in order to start with the today's stage. Hugo and his team arrived in Tidjikja at 04.00 a.m., so in time for the start of the Special. It must be mentioned that the Team Gauloises de Rooy got a lot of support from the GINAF Team in Tidjikja.
The Team Gauloises de Rooy again suffered bad luck. Gerard de Rooy drove like hell during the first 250 kilometres; he was only delayed by a flat tyre. However, when the cab support broke, it was goodbye to the ambitious plans. From that moment on, the only motto was to take it easy. "Every day something else happens. Reaching Dakar is now our target. We'll have a lot of work to do tomorrow as also Jan didn't get through the Special in one piece," knows a disappointed Tom Colsoul. Jan suffered a broken spring leaf at the front and saw a good place go up in smoke.
At checkpoint 1, after 101 kilometres it appeared that Hans Stacey didn't loose his guts after his horrible adventure on the edge of a ravine. He was first, being 58 seconds ahead of the "lost son" Vladimir Tchaguine, who knew already before he started that his fifth victory was unreachable. "C'est la vie, I'm glad that my team mate Firdaus Kabirov takes the 1st place." Also the other unlucky person, De Azevedo, did a good job. He was third at 5.15 minutes. Kabirov needed 5.25 minutes more, Gerard de Rooy 5.57 minutes, van Ginkel 2 minutes more, Jan de Rooy another minute more and Hans Bekx also one minute more. So no great differences at the top. Hugo Duisters passed CP 1 at 28 minutes behind Stacey and was 23rd.
At checkpoint 2, after 164 kilometres, Tchaguine had taken over the lead. Stacey followed at 9 minutes, Loprais at 12 minutes and Hans Bekx at 15 minutes. Kabirov lost field; he needed 23 minutes more and Gerard and Jan de Rooy came through 9th and 10th at 38 and 40 minutes.
After 316 kilometres, after checkpoint 3, Tchaguine showed his great class again. He arrived 15 minutes ahead of Stacey and is 16 minutes faster than Loprais. Bekx followed at 28 minutes and Kabirov at 31 minutes. Jan de Rooy passed 9th at 49 minutes and Gerard de Rooy 10th at 1.05 hour. Hugo Duisters came through as 26th at 2 hours.
Finally Tchaguine wins the Special, being 17.45 minutes ahead of Hans Stacey, 18.45 minutes of Karel Loprais, 38.21 minutes of Kabirov and 42.01 minutes of Hans Bekx. De Azevedo finished 6th at 42.58 minutes and Jan de Rooy took the 11th place at 57.21 minutes from the winner. Gerard de Rooy finished 14th at 1.23.28 hour. The servicetruck from Hugo finished 27th at 2.28.04 hour behind the winner.
The overall leader is Firdaus Kabirov. He is 1.41.22 hours ahead of Hans Bekx. The former rally champions Biaision and Alan moved up to the 6th and 8th place. Jan de Rooy takes the 9th place at 6.44.42 hours and son Gerard the 15th place at 10.10.07 hours.