DAKAR 2019 SPECIAL COVERAGE

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After the rest day, the Dakar caravan started their journey back to Lima, and the most difficult parts of this year's 41st edition of the legendary race is yet to come. Right on Sunday, Stage 6 put the crews in the way of the dreaded Tanaka dune, and as expected, it caused a torment not only in the midfield but also among the top dogs. Martin Prokop and Jan Tománek did well all day and managed to avoid serious mistakes in driving and navigation. Their reward was not only the seventh place in the stage, but especially climbing up to the seventh place in the overall classification.

Martin Prokop spoke immediately at the finish line, before going to the bivouac at the San Juan de Marcona airport: "Today we started in the softest dunes of this year's race and we did it cool, unlike many other cars that were stuck there. The other part was not easy due to wind, dust and heavy navigation. We searched for a few things, but other cars too. Once we have helped Carlos Sainz to find a point, the second time he headed the right way for us. Overall, I would say that we did it super and without bigger problems. I just was not feeling well today, and I was struggling with cramps in the stomach, so we had to go carefully on the bigger holes. We'll have to think of something with the silencers tonight, because today they probably left me, and we do not have the same ones anymore. I believe my team will put Shrek in order for tomorrow's most difficult stage of the Dakar, as the organizer is scaring us. "

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Tomáš Ouředníček started the Stage 6 well: "We got a decent pace in the first dunes and thanks to the great car we did not have problem to get through where we needed. Regrettably, cars started to appear on the track, which affected both the ideal driving track and my concentration, and I started to make one minor error after the other. Not long before the end of the timed section, together with other racers, the organizer pulled us out of the track due to the accident of another crew, which became the rest of the track impassable. Tomorrow is a new day and we will continue to fight. The car works great, navigation is good, so with some luck I still believe in a great result in the overall classification."

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Translation: Rita Kónya / Rally-Raid Network
 

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