Dakar: Letka Racing update 2005-01-07

Tomas Tomecek is heading to Europe At this time Tomas Tomecek is about 100 km before Moroccan port of Tanger where he'll try as soon as possible to load up his TATRA on a boat-traject and sail back to Europe. Right now the vehicle is moving steady...

Tomas Tomecek is heading to Europe
At this time Tomas Tomecek is about 100 km before Moroccan port of Tanger where he'll try as soon as possible to load up his TATRA on a boat-traject and sail back to Europe. Right now the vehicle is moving steady with max.speed 60 km/h on its way home without technical problems. Tomas Tomecek and Vojtech Moravek already said goodbye to their Australian crewmember Michael Tanaka in Casablanca. Both are sending greetings to all their fans not only in Czech Republic but elsewhere in the world. We'll welcome them back home sometime next week.

TATRA no. 518 without the fuel ::...
This morning called us Mira Martinec on his satellite telephone. The Brazilian- Czech crew of TATRA no. 518 stands aprox. 38 km before the end of 7th stage. The whole crew is all right and so is the vehicle.

The only problem is ... they are without fuel. Even though they filled up all their fuel tanks before the start, thanks to the course difficulties their fuel consumption averaged about 120 liters/ 100 km. So now they are waiting for help ... perhaps it'll be the vehicle of Brazilian pressteam.

In the case the help comes soon they will continue and try to make it to the end of 7th stage. But if not, they are sure to be at the start of 8th stage and continue in the rallye!

Dakar's contemplation
Rallye Dakar is in its full run and interesting things are happening. A nightly adventurous runs resulting in serious accidents, fire of the kitchen tent, the numerous somersaults not only by just motorcyclists but also the small vehicles and trucks.

Then we have the two broken transmissions that put the end to the hopes of two Czech pilots with the third one lost for many hours buried somewhere in the solisk. By now the weakened Russians have their hands full with the problematic engine. On the other hand the Dutch are worried about their wild young driver.

And the Brazilian pilot with his cousin and their Czech mechanic are keep fighting it out with their Czech TATRA and until yesterday they were almost at the top in the truck cathegory. But 40 km before the end they ran out of fuel and spend not only the night under the stars in the desert but evidently even the most of the following day waiting. I just keep thinking (provided they will have their share of luck) if the Czech news media would talk and write about their eventual success.

Seems like our news people still do not quite accepted the Czech - Brazilian crews... As for me personally, I stay behind them and will keep informing about them till the very end. If only Dakar organizers be a bit quicker in supplying the fuel to all the competitors. The starting fee is in the margin of the hundreds of thousand crowns and the service as could be seen is lacking way behind... Well ... this year the whole "Dakar" is simply upside down.

-lrt-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Tomas Tomecek , Michael Tanaka