Dakar: Vicus van Deventer, Bombardier stage three report

Bombardier quad riders in the 2003 Telefonica Dakar Rally are in an excellent position with South Africa's Vicus van Deventer on the DHL DS 650 Baja Bombardier leading the onslaught and the attack on the current leader, Josef Machacek of ...

Bombardier quad riders in the 2003 Telefonica Dakar Rally are in an excellent position with South Africa's Vicus van Deventer on the DHL DS 650 Baja Bombardier leading the onslaught and the attack on the current leader, Josef Machacek of Czechoslovakia.

Today's stage was the first real thick soft sand and may be a hint of one or two stages to be contested in Africa. It was the DHL Bombardier who came out tops and Vicus van Deventer improved his position in the race, now trailing the leader by 37 seconds.

"I had a minor technical glitch in the 43km stage yesterday, which cost me some time, but today it was systems go and I am glad that I could improve my position. I now go to Africa with psychological advantage and my first stage win amongst the quads," said Van Deventer afterwards.

With no less than six Bombardiers in the top-ten it is definitely becoming the dominant quad in the Dakar race and undoubtedly spells trouble for the other manufacturers.

"Bombardier has an excellent package in this DS 650 BAJA machine. The 653cc, single cylinder, double overhead camshaft, four-stroke Rotax engine is exceptionally reliable, it has a lot of grunt and together with the five-speed transmission this really flies," commented Van Deventer

On Sunday the real race starts in Tunisia, when the fraternity disembarks in the capital Tunis, from the ferry transporting them from Valencia in Spain. No time will be wasted, because they will immediately complete an 89km liaison stage before the traditional "warm-up" in Africa, with a very short 25km special stage, and then everyone has to travel 349km to the overnight bivouac in Tozeur, near the gateway to the desert.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Vicus van Deventer , Josef Machacek