De Rooy misses stage win by seconds

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Gerard de Rooy came only 7 seconds short from winning the sixth stage of the Dakar. And he knew why: “One stupid little dune. We were to precise in following the roadbook, saying that we should pass it on the left, while we could have simply crossed it. So we didn’t just lose some time, but also the fun of crossing a dune.”

The captain of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco was leading the time sheets at CP2 in the 295 kilometres long stage at the shore of the Uyuni salt lake, but only by 40 seconds. In the tension of hunting down the MAN of his cousin Hans Stacey De Rooy and his crew followed the roadbook instead of simply going straight forward to cross the dune.

“It’s only 7 seconds,” De Rooy said. “But we could have won the stage. More important is that we didn’t lose too much time and even gained some time in the general standings.”

In the standings Stacey took over the lead again from Iveco Powerstar driver Federico Villagra, who finished 4.26 down. Ton van Genugten, driving the Trakker, waited for De Rooy at the start of the special stage and thus gave in 9 minutes by just waiting. At the finish line the Dutchman was only 11.01 down on stage winner Stacey. Pep Vila crossed the finish line in 15th.

In the general standings Villagra dropped to third, one and a half minute ahead of De Rooy in fourth. Van Genugten remained in eighth, Vila in twelfth.