Eurol in Dakar: De Soultrait scores another top spot
Eurol supports a lot of participants in the 2017 Dakar Rally. They work very hard every day to get the best result, or to get to the end of the stage. We bring you a daily update about their achievements.
Xavier de Soultrait keeps scoring. In another tough stage the Frenchman finished in second place, staying very close to some of the top contenders for the overall win. De Soultrait maintained his top ten spot in the overall standings.
Robert van Pelt did another tremendous job by riding the sandy dunes very well, although it took a lot of energy from the young man. Van Pelt is leading the malle moto-classification and is eager to improve his classification.
Maikel Verkade had another good day at the office. He likes the dunes, he likes tough days. Verkade got well into the top 50 of stage four and is closing in on a top 50 spot in the overall standings.
After a very difficult day Erik van Loon needed some positivity. He got it with a very tough stage where he fought hard to gain back some places. At the end of the stage, he was surprised by an eighth place in the fourth stage.
Tim and Tom Coronel had some mechanical troubles over the last days but they will never give up. Both of them finished in the mid-fourthies today, and did well in this stage.
In the Truck-category, four Eurol-supported participants finished inside the top-fifteen. Pascal de Baar did a good job with both helping other people who were stuck, as well as being on the pace. De Baar finished sixth on a long day. Hans Stacey and Peter Versluis from the Eurol/Veka MAN Rallyteam approached the hard stage a bit more relaxed, they want to show their best in the second part of the rally.
Martin van den Brink had major problems in stage three but was back on the run in stage four. Van den Brink started well after the field but rushed through the high dunes of Bolivia and finished in fourteenth place.
Vick Versteijnen had troubles as well in stage three and found the pace for a good day in stage four. Versteijnen finished in 20th place, just in front of Frank Tilburgs who closes in on a top 20 spot in the overall standings.
Jan van de Laar had a long day aswell in the third stage and it all went a bit smoother in stage four. Van de Laar finished 23th. Aad van Velsen drove his way in the top-30 and he will be satisfied with the results up to this stage of the rally.
Ed Wigman kept going in the difficult days where he had to help other drivers going. Wigman finished the stage well behind the pack but his goal is obvious: Help other people and get to Buenos Aires.
Unfortunately some of the participants from Eurol had to withdraw. Jurgen van den Goorbergh was in too much pain to continue after a hard fall in yesterdays stage. Ebert Dollevoet is a retirement as well, he hit mechanical trouble and was forced to drop out.