Verkade makes a mistake, problems for Broomans and success for Leeuw [Photos]
A day with ups and downs, and not just because the day began with a special through the dunes. On the second lastday the amateurs left first but they had to skip the first special through the dunes.
Two hours later the pro category started their special through the dunes and this caused problems for the leader in the standings, Maikel Verkade. Verkade went wrong, had to search and lost some time. Yet Verkade performed pretty well in the second part of the special and could retain the lead. Verkade does not have to worry about Torsten Kaiser which is third in the standings at the moment. But he has to keep an eye open for James Ford who is in second. Verkade his lead is big enough for tomorrow to bring his motor safe over the finish line. Also Martin van den Brink had a good day joining the six best but he does not make any difference in the overall standings because of his 12 hour time penalty yesterday.
In the cars division there was more bad luck for the Dutch participants. Leaders in the rankings, father and daughter Broomans came in trouble during the second part of the special because of an electronic problem. The car made a short circuit making it impossible to start the car. But when there are problems, the mentality of the real rally raid participants shows up. So the team Grüner / Blumel stopped with the number 221 MAN CAT to bring them to the finish for the remaining 150 kilometers. Father and daughter Broomans will try their best start tomorrow and to defend their second place.
In trucks the Dutch have more success, Marc Leeuw wins the special and steps up to first place in the standings. Also in the quads division it is still close, the top three is currently less than half an hour away from each other.
Tomorrow it will be a similar stage to the first stage of this Tuareq Rally. During the last day the participants drive a short special through the mountains and they will finish tomorrow around midday.