Dakar: Stage 9 - Hélder Rodrigues holds on Top 10

Dakar: Stage 9 - Hélder Rodrigues holds on Top 10

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Technical problems still not completely solved

Although the mechanical problems affecting the CanAm of Hélder Rodrigues have not yet been overcome, it is certain that the "star" is still among the best positioned in Category T3 after each stage of Dakar Rally 2023. Today, in the 358 km that made up the selective sector of the ninth stage, from Riyadh to Haradh, he took eighth place.

"The day went more or less well. It was a day where navigation was not easy, but Gonçalo continues to do excellent navigation. We tried our best to achieve a good result. However, we still have no power in the car and are losing a lot in the fast areas. It was a very complete journey, fast, with sand, dunes, rivers with plenty of water and rocks. In the technical areas we caught and overtook competitors who then overtook us in the fast areas. On the rest day we made several changes, but unfortunately the problem persists", revealed Helder Rodrigues upon arrival at the camp.

The tenth stage of the Dakar Rally 2023 will be held tomorrow. The selective sector of the journey, consisting of 113km, will be deliberately short because it is the stage that precedes the marathon. However, the demands will not be less demanding because the special stage will offer the caravan a typical sand stage. The long 509km link to the bivouac will take up a large part of the day.

 

Automatic translation from the original Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source Helder Rodrigues official press release

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