Eurol in Dakar: Sensational win for Martin van den Brink
Eurol supports the participants of the 2017 Dakar Rally. We bring you an update every day of their achievements in the toughest race of them all.
A sensational win for Martin van den Brink in the second stage of the Dakar. Van den Brink had a solid start in the top five and accelerated in the second part which resulted in a two minute advantage at the finish line. It’s a maiden win for the man from Harskamp. His teammate Pascal de Baar got home in 14th place.
But, there was more good news for the Eurol-supported riders. Peter Versluis got a third after leading early on. Versluis his teammate, Hans Stacey brought the Eurol/Veka MAN home in seventh.
Steven Rotsaert did a good job today. He start well down the order and finished in 17th, after gaining five places in the ranking. In the standings, the Belgian climbed up to twentieth.
Vick Versteijnen of the Top Trucks Dakar Team finished in 22nd place and gained five places aswell. Frank Tilburgs had a solid day at the office with 24th in the DAF.
Jan van de Laar had some troubles at the end of the stage but still finished 31st, and is still in the top thirty of the overall classification. Aad van Velsen started his third rally with his Ginaf and did a solid job in the second stage.
The heat got the better of some of the riders, but not those supported by Eurol. Xavier de Soultrait did a tremendous once again by finishing fourth after winning yesterdays stage. De Soultrait took a minute penalty after that stage, but bounced back into fourth in general today.
Jasper Riezebos had a difficult day at the office. Illness hit Riezebos last night and he had to fight hard to complete the stage. He completed it in 90th position. Robert van Pelt was classified as best Dutch once again as he finished the stage in 47th. Jurgen van den Goorbergh followed closely in 52nd.
Maikel Verkade had a solid ride in the second stage by finishing 84th.
In the Quad-category, Kees Koolen consolidated his place in the overall standings. Koolen finished seventh in the second stage, which was a hard one for most of the quads.
Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar had a warm but good day at the office. After some minor troubles in the first stage, Van Loon shifted up a gear and got ninth in the stage. He also gained a place in the overall standings, where he’s in ninth aswell.
Both the Coronel brothers did a good job. The organization found out that the engines of the Suzuki-buggies were too big for the UTV-class and so they were classified as cars in todays stage. Tim came in 39th, Tom got a 45th. Ebert Dollevoet had a good day once again as he finished in the top-30.