the Frenchman commented.
“These were the most challenging dunes of this Dakar Rally. Once you get stuck, you never can make it out again.”
“Man, these were some dunes. Extraordinary,” Tim said after the stage. “I understand why they made the dune part of this stage only 50 kilometres. It was incredibly tough. This is my fifth Dakar Rally, but I have never had such a challenging dune stage like this. Incredible. We got stuck twice. The first time, we lost a plate. The second time, I borrowed a plate from another guy who had also got stuck 100 metres ahead. I moved an entire mountain 150 metres before we were able to continue, unbelievable. But we have made it and that is what counts. And we hardly had any issues with the car, so that bodes well for the next days.”
“We were in the middle of a path that everybody had to pass, so we were lucky in that respect. The guys behind us had two options: either they came to help us, or they had to wait a very long time, so that was helpful. Ton van Genugten got us back on four wheels again. I invited everyone who helped us to join us for a beer in the bivouac. All in all, we lost about one hour, but before and after that, things were going fine. The problems with the car we had on the first days have been cured, so nothing to worry about.”
“We will investigate why that happened. Otherwise, we will continue to fly nicely under the radar,”
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