Janus van Kasteren jr., Marcel Snijders and Darek Rodewald started the twelfth stage with a minimal lead in the general classification of only 1 minute and 12 seconds. Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco was the fourth truck to start the 185-kilometre special stage. In line with the past few days, this special stage also takes you through The Empty Quarter with its almost endless sand plains and dune areas.
Even the large Iveco Powerstar can become a small Dinky Toy in that imposing environment. Everyone in the bivouac seems to agree that the Dakar belongs in these areas. The soft sand makes the highest dunes almost impossible hurdles to overcome. Here, on Friday the thirteenth, Janus, Marcel and Darek find their happiness. The direct competitors are caught up and overtaken one by one. Technology, navigation and driving; everything went right today.
Fortunately, Janus jr. was able to report back to us soon after the stage today. The euphoria can be heard in his words: “Great day. We actually passed Martin at about twenty kilometers. After that it was really tough dunes. Heavy climbing. At one point we passed Macik and Gerard (de Rooy - red) was watching us and gave useful signals which helped us to reach the top of a dune. A super day and I think we made a good step towards the first place. Darek was very helpful too. You notice that he has sixteen years of experience and so does Marcel. A great team. Really nice. We are now on our way to the bivouac. It's our best Dakar day ever. We crossed the dunes full throttle.”
The result is devastatingly good. The two remaining competitors for the title had to give in more than half an hour to the unchained Van Kasteren jr. Teammate Martin van den Brink lost 31 minutes and 51 seconds and the Czech Martin Macik lost 32 minutes and 21 seconds. Mitchel van den Brink, who started later, clocked the second time of the day. This Team De Rooy pilot lost 18 minutes and 38 seconds to the winning truck of Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco. In the general classification, Van Kasteren jr. increased his lead over Martin van den Brink to a comfortable 33 minutes and 3 seconds. Martin Macik follows at 1 hour 20 minutes and 7 seconds and thus occupies third place.
The first seven trucks in the daily result are all IVECO. That will certainly make the brand from Turin Italy proud. Tomorrow the participants will leave the Empty Quarter in a special stage of 154 kilometers. It will be the last chance to surf the dunes and force big changes in the standings. Today the three teams of Team De Rooy stood out. With a real 1-2-3 it leaves a great impression. Tomorrow Janus van Kasteren will give the maximum again on behalf of Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco in search of even greater happiness!
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