Eurol in Dakar: Eurol-competitors motivated after rest day
Eurol is back in Dakar and support a lot of competitors who want to finish the Dakar Rally the best way possible. In the toughest rally of the world, we bring you a daily update about their achievements.
Xavier de Soultrait was fired up after the rest day in La Paz. The Yamaha-rider finished once again in the top five and consolidated his position in the general standings. The same was done by Robert van Pelt. He had a few hard days where fatigue hit him hard. The physical role plays an extra part during this Dakar. It’s the same for Maikel Verkade who’s riding his second Dakar. It’s tough and he’s taking it day by day at this stage of the rally. The classification doesn’t matter for him, making it to Buenos Aires even more.
Two flat tires costed Erik van Loon a certain top ten place in stage 7. Changing these tyres costed Van Loon and his navigator 7 minutes which would helped them into the top ten. Instead a thirteenth place was the result today. The Coronel brothers are famous in South America for staying on the special stages extra long. Tim completed todays stage in three hours, while Tom is still on the stage waiting for a tow. He experienced oil pressure problems in stage 7.
Kees Koolen was over the moon with a win on Friday but was thrown back today. He got stuck in the fesh fesh for several minutes and took it easy from then on. Koolen finished the stage however in 16th place.
Hans Stacey was on the top spot for the Eurol-trucks today. Stacey managed to get to sixth place after being stuck for a few minutes. His teammate Peter Versluis brought the truck home in 15th place.
Pascal de Baar is doing the Renault brand proud by finishing in the top ten once again. The real complicated days is what De Baar and his navigator Wouter de Graaff love best. These days are still to come and they’re a force to keep your eyes on during the second week.
Frank Tilburgs had a lively day in the seventh stage. He described it as a wild ride. The dunes were destroyed by the many competitors who started before Tilburgs but he managed to keep rolling through the soft sand. Vic Versteijnen finished just behind Tilburgs in 22nd.
Short after that Martin van den Brink finished in 23th after a solid ride with the Mammoet/MKR Renault Sherpa. Steven Rotsaert was stuck for a long time before the rest day but found his rhythm again in stage 7. The Belgian finished in 24th place.
Jan van de Laar likes the Dakar when it’s hot and sandy but on the altitude of Bolivia with the freezing cold and sometimes a lot of rain. Van de Laar’s happy to go back to the sand tomorrow, he finished 25th. Aad van Velsen and his team are doing better than he expected before the rally. He finished 33th in the stage.
Photo: Marcel Vermeij