Team MAN out of the rally

MAN Rally Team Hans Stacey leaves the rally During the 6th stage on Thursday MAN Rally Team Stacey had to definitely quit the rally. After a week that was dominated by breakdowns, a broken bearing in the drive shaft brought an end to Hans ...

MAN Rally Team Hans Stacey leaves the rally

During the 6th stage on Thursday MAN Rally Team Stacey had to definitely quit the rally. After a week that was dominated by breakdowns, a broken bearing in the drive shaft brought an end to Hans Stacey's South-American Dakar adventure.

Hans Stacey, who started this Dakar Rally for the MAN Rally Team as the defending champion, had a week of breakdowns. In the very first stage, he fell behind 40 minutes due to flat tyres. In the three stages that followed, he also lost a lot of time by multiple flats, a broken Iritrack and his wrist injury playing up. In stage 5, Stacey had problems with his tyre pressure control system and a broken drive shaft, which meant that after stage 6 the rally was definitely over for him.

Team Geert Verhoeven, which in stage 5 ran into problems in the sand dune the race, also had to quit the rally.

Fred van Putten, Team manager of the MAN Rally Team: "Obviously this is a real shame and a huge disappointment for the MAN Rally Team, but unfortunately it comes with the territory. The MAN truck was better and stronger than ever before, so we started the race full of confidence. Bad luck has played a big role, in Hans' case. However, there is no stopping the MAN Rally Team. Franz Echter is driving a really strong race and we will give it our all to push him even higher up the rankings."

Franz Echter, who came in 12th in the 6th stage, now holds a 5th position in the general list of rankings 6.

-credit: man

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Series Dakar
Drivers Franz Echter , Hans Stacey , Geert Verhoeven , Fred van Putten