Dakar Trucks, Stage 10: Shock win for De Baar as De Rooy takes decisive lead

Underdog Pascal de Baar was victorious in Stage 10 of the 2016 Dakar Rally's truck race, beating overall leader Gerard de Rooy as the latter established a lead of more than an hour.

Having first contested Dakar in 2005, 46-year-old Dutchman de Baar has now secured his maiden stage win on the K520 Renault - and appears set for a personal best finish overall, having moved up to sixth.

Leader de Rooy's main rival Eduard Nikolaev started the day as the stage pacesetter - before surrendering the top spot to Federico Villagra and then losing more than three hours towards the end.

Villagra soon hit trouble as well and finished 50 minutes behind de Baar, while de Rooy lost only two and a half minutes to the Renault.

Kamaz's Ayrat Mardeev - now de Rooy's closest rival - was third in the stage, narrowly ahead of Tatra’s Martin Kolomy and MAN’s Hans Stacey.

Kazakh Artur Ardavichus made his first appearance in the top six in the 2016 event as he beat Dmitry Sotnikov and Aleksandr Vasilevski to the spot.

Regular frontrunners Ton van Genugten and Peter Versluis both struggled, the former losing an hour and a half and the latter - a full two hours.

Standings after Stage 10

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

33h25m03s
2 500

Ayrat Mardeev

Aydar Belyaev

Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

1h15m19s
3 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

1h32m47s
4 506

Hans Stacey

Serge Bruynkens

Jan van der Vaet

MAN

1h48m57s
5 516

Ton van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

2h16m55s
6 529

Pascal de Baar

Martin Roesink

Wouter de Graaf

Renault

2h37m29s
7 510

Peter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

2h55m14s
8 537

Maurik van den Heuvel

Wilko van Oort

Peter Kuijpers

Scania

3h44m34s
9 533

 Jaroslav Valtr

 Josef Kalina

 Jiri Stross

Tatra

3h52m22s
10 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

3h55m20s

 

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 10: Belen - La Rioja
Drivers Gerard de Rooy , Pascal de Baar
Article type Stage report
Tags truck