Eurol in Dakar: Van Loon gets top ten finish in penultimate stage


Eurol supports a lot of competitors in the Dakar Rally 2017. As they drive or ride their way towards the finish in Buenos Aires, we bring you an update on the achievements of the Eurol-supported participants in the penultimate stage.

Erik van Loon got the reward of working hard this rally. Van Loon and his navigator Rosegaar lost the chance on a good classification in the overall standings early but fought back and didn’t make many mistakes. Van Loon finished 7th today and even gained a spot in the overall standings.

Tim and Tom Coronel had quite a good day after the troublesome stages earlier in the rally. Both the Coronels finished well in 31st and 33th place, less than two hours behind winner Loeb.

Kees Koolen was back on form after a few difficult days with a 6th position in stage 11. Koolen has had ups and downs during this Dakar with the stage win absolutely standing out for him.

Maikel Verkade did a perfect job in the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally. Verkade gained more than 40 places compared to the previous stage. He finished 45th, one place better than Robert van Pelt who did ride a good stage on friday. Xavier de Soultrait hit mechanical difficulties in stage 11 and was forced to retire.

After his remarkable comeback in the rally, Hans Stacey was back on form today finishing 11th. Steven Rotsaert had a very good ride in stage 11. The Belgian finished 12th in the stage that caught out lots of other crews in the Truck category.

One of them was Vick Versteijnen who unfortunately had to retire due to engine problems. Versteijnen can be proud of his achievements in the past two weeks. Peter Versluis, captain of the Eurol/Veka MAN Rallyteam, had problems with his tyremanagement system and needed to repair it. That costed lots of time but Versluis finished the stage eventually.

Aad van Velsen finished in 26th and has moved up in the general standings once again. Van Velsen is now in 23th. Jan van de Laar had a lot of problems on the way to the bivouac but eventually finished and can start in the last stage of the race.

The Mammoet Rallysport team didn’t have the best of days this Dakar. Pascal de Baar lost his place in the general standings due to a gearbox problem and Martin van den Brink lost a lot of time as well due to a broken differential. In the spirit of the Dakar Rally, they fought their way to the finish line in Rio Cuarto. Ed Wigman helped the stranded competitors in their struggle to reach the finish by towing them and assisting to repair the vehicles in the stage.