Before the noses of Janus van Kasteren jr, Marcel Snijders and Derek Rodewald could smell the sweet scent of triumph, the last serious stage of this Dakar rally had to be driven first.
“We only cheer when we cross the finish line.” Janus already recorded yesterday. Today the thirteenth stage awaited with a special stage of 153 kilometers. After a negligible liaison of 9 kilometers, the participants dived into the dunes for the last time.
Where 55 trucks started the rally on December 31, only 15 are remaining in the general classification. This indicates how tough this edition of the Dakar is. Today was certainly not an easy special stage. Fortunately, Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco got through this day well. Van Kasteren jr. had to start first and went for it.
Tactical driving by slowing down a bit is not for the man from Veldhoven. With the fastest interim times on waypoints one and two, Janus Jr. proved his point. The men got stuck for a short moment. Fortunately, the Iveco rally truck is equipped with hydraulic jacks. With the help of those jacks, they quickly freed themselves again.
It did cost the men in their Iveco Powerstar stage victory, but with the second place in this special stage, the overall victory is almost certain. Although Janus does not want to celebrate too soon. “Finish it tomorrow.”
Janus' comments show that it was not an easy day: “It was full throttle up against those dunes. There were only dunes. Very loose sand, so it wasn't just another, easy day. After we got stuck, Macik passed us, but we were able to catch up with him quickly. Marcel's good navigation skills certainly made the difference there. We then followed Macik to the finish.” So, it was another fantastic team performance today.
Tomorrow a final stage awaits, which the organization describes as an incredibly fast beach special that hardly creates possibilities for changes in the general standings.
Janus van Kasteren jr., together with navigator Marcel Snijders and mechanic Darek Rodewald, can therefore prepare for a triumphal journey from the beach of Al-Hofuf to Dammam. Because fellow Team De Rooy pilot Martin van de Brink had technical setbacks today, just like yesterday, the lead of Boss Machinery Team De Rooy Iveco is big enough to take the dream title.
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