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Dakar 2024: Eduard Pons arrives in Yanbu after a "wild" stage

Dakar 2024: Eduard Pons arrives in Yanbu after a "wild" stage

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  • Five punctures in the penultimate special stage of the Dakar turned the day into hell for the Pons Rallysport team.
  • The driver from Lleida and his co-driver Jaume Betriu fight on track for almost 8 hours to reach the finish line and face this Friday the last challenge of the race.
  • "We are psychologically destroyed. We couldn't go any slower to avoid punctures. The stage was a savage; the car is touched everywhere".

Eduard Pons and Jaume Betriu fought like never before this Thursday to complete the penultimate special stage of the Dakar and reach Yanbu, where the rally-raid's lighthouse event ends this Friday, January 19. The route between Al-Ula and the Saudi town on the shores of the Red Sea included a 420-kilometer long special stage. The physiognomy of the terrain, a sea of stones, trialeras and broken tracks, has turned it into a hell for the Pons Rallysport team, which has been in competition for almost 8 hours to complete it.

"We are psychologically destroyed", recognizes Eduard Pons. The team from Lleida suffered no less than five punctures during the time trial, despite doing the impossible to avoid them, knowing that this stage was expected to be "destructive", as Pons himself had anticipated on the eve.

"We couldn't go any slower to avoid punctures. The stage was a savage; the car was damaged all over", added the veteran rally driver. The hardness has taken its toll on many participants, so that the Pons Rallysport team maintains 15th position in the overall SSV classification, among the 27 surviving vehicles in the category.

With the caravan already at the last bivouac of the race, the final challenge of the 46th Dakar Rally will be a loop around Yanbu, with a 174-kilometer special stage. Most of the route will be on sand, but a quarter of it will be on rocky terrain, so there will be no let-up until the final podium.

 

 

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Source: Pons RallySport

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