Eurol in Dakar: Martin van den Brink takes victory again


Eurol supports the competitors in the 2017 Dakar Rally. We update you daily on their achievements with today: Another win for Martin van den Brink.

Martin van den Brink left the opposition behind in the stage 8 to Salta. The margin was small but the relief was very big. “I’m so happy with this win! It’s even more beautiful than the first one.” Van den Brink won the second stage as well last week. His teammate Pascal de Baar got a 15th spot in the special stage.

Peter Versluis finished sixth in the stage to complete the marathonstage again. His teammate Hans Stacey was unlucky with a damaged gearbox in stage 8. He lost two hours in the overall classification. Steven Rotsaert had a good day at the office with a 17th place in the special stage.

Vick Versteijnen had the luck he needed for once. Where others made mistakes, Versteijnen had a trouble free day, he reached the finish in 19th position. Frank Tilburgs is slowly climbing up in the standings. In stage 8 he finished on a 20th place and he gained one place in the general standings.

Aad van Velsen took the same approach as Versteijnen. He didn’t make any mistakes and gained places through passing other competitors. Van Velsen got a 23th. Jan van de Laar lost a bit of horsepower on the altitude of the Andes region but it didn’t bother him. He finished 27th in a tough stage, once again.

Maikel Verkade didn’t feel as comfortable as earlier days in the marathonstage but he brought his KTM in the bivouac safe on a 68th position. Robert van Pelt took the best Dutch-spot over from Verkade, he finished in 41st. Xavier de Soultrait had a solid ride in stage 8, he finished in the top ten again.

Erik van Loon started his 100th special stage of his Dakar career the way he did not want it. It was a difficult stage and Van Loon decided to take it a bit easier: “In the first 50 kilometre of the stage, I almost lost the cars once or twice. I decided to drive safely to the finish of the stage.”

Tim and Tom Coronel did good in stage 8 where they finished bought before the sunset. Tom brought the Suzuki Buggy home in 35th, Tim was 11 minutes slower in 38th position.

Kees Koolen was back on form after being stuck for a long time in stage 7. Koolen took a fourth place in the second part of the marathonstage.

Stage 9 cancelled

Due to a flood and a landslide on the serviceroute, the organization has decided to cancel stage 9 of the Dakar Rally. The caravan will be regrouped on wednesday to restart the race the day after from Chilecito tot San Juan.