Dakar: Ginaf Rally Power update 2005-01-13

12-01-05, 09.38 h Many considered stage 11 as one of the toughest in the race. Unlike the planned route, the stage was shortened a little. From checkpoint 2 the contestants could continue the route as liaison. The original length of the track was...

12-01-05, 09.38 h
Many considered stage 11 as one of the toughest in the race. Unlike the planned route, the stage was shortened a little. From checkpoint 2 the contestants could continue the route as liaison. The original length of the track was 656 kilometres and was now shortened to 400 kilometres. Still not an easy stage, again they faced fast tracks, annoying camel grass en steep sand dunes.

Ginaf Rally Power performed excellent today. They managed to clock a 9th time at checkpoint 2 and past the finish line at an eleventh position. In the overall ranking they occupy a 20th position.

12-01-05, 10.00 h
I just had contact with Edwin by satellite phone. My first question was: "How are things?" and the answer Edwin gave was "Actually not so good!". After yesterday's stage it appeared that the front axle has broken loose from the chassis. De front axle is attached to the chassis with brackets. These brackets where torn and the axle was tilted backwards 5 cm. The crew of the race truck at first lost hope, but Gerard Veenendaal (mechanic 6x6 assistance truck) thought it would be possible to fix it, so they went to the bivouac in Kiffa. Gerard: "With the help of a welder which we could lend from team the Rooy we worked all night trough to get the axle back in its position and to add some reinforcements. We succeeded, and Wuf can start as planned for stage 12". Considering the overall position, the team decided to take it a bit easier the following days. Because of the 10 hour time penalty, the gaps between the different contenders are big so they are hardly able to gain positions by driving fast. Getting to Dakar is now the only thing that is important...

News Flash 12-01-05, 22.10 h (Dutch time)
We just received a message from Edwin. The front axle didn't hold today. It is over!

13-01-05
It's a pity, but we are out...

Ginaf Rally Power started the 12th stage of Le Dakar with mixed emotions. During the stage of the day before, the front axle mounting and the chassis on the same spot where torn. The axle was tilted backward 5 cm. The crew worked all night to get the axle back into its original position and add some reinforcements, so that they could start again next morning. But they where not fully confident. "During stage 12 we off course drove a bit more careful" Edwin told us. "Every half hour we stopped to check the front axle. After CP1 we saw that everything started to tear again and decided that it was too risky to continue the race. It is over" Edwin told us, disappointed. Yesterday evening the truck and the team arrived in the Kayes bivouac, today's stage finish place. Because this stage was a marathon-stage, the assistance teams where already there. "We will first take a beer, and then we'll go to sleep" Edwin said last night. "Tomorrow we will see how we will continue. I think we will fix the truck as good as possible, and that we will continue the rally driving along with the assistance teams in the T5 class. After all, we still have Peter de Mulder in the rapid assistance truck (561) in the race". They still assist Jan Govaere, the Belgian driving the old M2222 truck from Hans Bekx, momentarily 10th overall. It happened already to so many contestants, now it happened to us. Where out!".

Tomorrow, a delegation of family, sponsors and fans will travel to Dakar together with a number of GRP members, including webmaster Bertil Ditewig to offer the GRP team a warm welcome. In spite of the absence of Bertil this site will be updated with photo and video material the following days, so keep on visiting us at www.ginafrallypower.nl!

-ginaf-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Hans Bekx