Eurol in Dakar: Van Loon hunts for a good result
Eurol is back in Dakar this year. The toughest rally of the world is back in Argentina for it’s finale. We bring you a daily update on the achievements of the competitors supported by Eurol.
Erik van Loon is eager to get a good result after a fuel problem in the first week. Van Loon got close to it in stage ten which was very hard. The Dutchman completed the stage in 12th.
Tim & Tom Coronel spent a long time in the special stage on Thursday. As other competitors started their way to the next stage, the Coronel brothers ordered some breakfast and continued their road to Buenos Aires.
Robert van Pelt became best Dutchman in the bikeclass once again. Van Pelt scored a 54th on a very hot day to San Juan. Van Pelt is still in the top 50 of the overall standings. Maikel Verkade had a tough day on the bike with a 94th place on the finish. Xavier de Soultrait had as one of the frontrunner in the bike category a difficult day. De Soultrait lost a lot of time but is still in the top ten of the overall classification.
After winning the eighth stage on Tuesday, Martin van den Brink had to start in the front today. With very complicated navigation Van den Brink completed the stage in 11th place. His teammate Pascal de Baar closed in on Van den Brink but just missed out on passing him. De Baar finished 12th.
Peter Versluis was happy about the stage but had some navigational challenges. Versluis finished in 14th place. Hans Stacey asked the organization to use a ‘joker’ in stage ten. After technical problems hit Stacey, he wanted to start in the front for his safety and safety of the others. At the start of the stage, he couldn’t start in the right place. Stacey refused to start and quit the rally. The organization has apologized and offered Stacey a ninth place to start in the 11th stage.
Frank Tilburgs got his best result of the rally in the 10th stage. Tilburgs got an 18th place which was a very satisfying result after a hot and tough stage. Aad van Velsen did very good again after losing timing in the earlier part of the stage. Van Velsen finished 24th.
Jan van de Laar finished in 27th place, three hours behind the winner of the days stage. Vick Versteijnen hit trouble in stage ten and it is still unknown if he can continue his was in stage 11.
Kees Koolen experienced mechanical problems in the early part of stage 10. Koolen managed to get to the tankstop where his teammate Bas Nijen Twilhaar waited for him. Koolen got a tow through the rest of the stage and made it to the finish.