Gerrit Zuurmond is not afraid of dunes anymore. The thirteenth stage of the Dakar Rally 2023 was therefore no problem for the Rainbow trio, which arrived at the finish of the 153 km test with the fourteenth fastest time. The only damage: again the bumper.
It was already the third bumper worn out this Dakar. As in the marathon stage, the MAN came into contact with a bump of sand. "But today, compared to yesterday and the day before, it was a fairly easy stage," navigator Tjeerd van Ballegooij thought. "The dunes were considerably lower and flatter in this stage, but we always have to pay attention. It ran smoothly."
Only the bumper had to suffer. Just a new one. "This morning the truck was looking neat and tidy thanks to the mechanics, including the third new bumper," Van Ballegooij told us, "but it died in the battle. We drove down a steep hill somewhere and bit straight into the sand with the bumper. That's a bit of a shame, but to pass under the arch of honor we don't need a bumper." That arch is waiting for the gentlemen in Dammam. Before that, though, they will have to complete a 138-kilometer test tomorrow and 267 kilometers on the road.
Automatic translation from the original Dutch version
Source Rainbow truck team