Eurol in Dakar: Kees Koolen wins stage 5 on his new quad

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Kees Koolen worked hard and was gifted the reward today. Koolen took the maiden win for his Barren Racing team and was very happy with that achievement: “We have been developing this quad for over two years and it worked out the way we wanted. In the first days we had some issues but all problems are sorted now.”

Conditions were very difficult with the altitude and the rain that fell during the stage. The Dakar-stewards decided to shorten the stage and that worked out good for some of the riders. Maikel Verkade did a good job by consolidating his position in the bike-category. Robert van Pelt had slightly more difficulties with finding the right route, he finished 74th.

As one of the frontrunners, Xavier de Soultrait had to deal with very complicated navigation in the early part of the stage. It costed De Soultrait a lot of time to get it right, but he’s still in the top-ten of the overall classification.

Erik van Loon finished in eleventh place in the shortened stage. Van Loon was unlucky a few days ago but stays positive as always and thinks a good result in the overall classification is still possible. Tim Coronel has had a lot of trouble with the car over the past few days. He did have quite a smooth ride on Friday with a 42nd place in the stage. His brother Tom experienced more trouble but was towed to the bivouac by a fellow competitor.

With heavy rain on the tracks it was an exhausting stage for most of the competitors. Three of the Eurol supported trucks finished in the top-15 once again. Pascal de Baar was the first to reach the finish of the stage in twelfth place. He was followed closely by Peter Versluis and Hans Stacey of the Eurol/Veka MAN Rallyteam.

Vick Versteijnen had a good day in the fifth stage with a much wanted top-20 finish. The same can be said about Frank Tilburgs who did a great job finishing in 20th place. Jan van de Laar just missed out on the top-20 finish but was happy with a solid ride after a few hard stages for them. Steven Rotsaert kept Belgium proud by finishing 22nd again.

Aad van Velsen and Martin van den Brink had more problems but reached the finish right on time. Van Velsen finished in 32nd. Van den Brink experienced a busted turbo, he fixed it and finished in the back. Ed Wigman had another solid stage although he helped or towed some other competitors.