De Rooy has race Dakar from his head, moved off stage
Gerard de Rooy knew Thursday in the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally, an off stage with navigatieproblemen, two punctures, a bruised rib. The Dutch trucker has the hope titelprolongatie as good as specified.
The Rooy with two more stages to go on the third place of the overall standings, with a lag of more than 24 minutes on the Russian leader Eduard Nikolaev and over nineteen minutes on the number two Dmitry Sotnikov,
“That backlog is too big to be in the one and a half stage that is yet to come to make up”, says de Brabander against The Telegraph.
“Only if we drive well and they are completely wrong, we still have a chance. The victory I was a bit out of my head. The second place can still. For the first you need to have a miracle happen. I’m realistic about that.”
Watch highlights from stage 10 of the Dakar Rally
De Rooy lost Thursday in the tenth stage, from Chilecito to San Juan almost 24 minutes in Nikolaev. The problems started when he was on the way to the second waypoint the road lost.
“I drove through the bushes back and drove it to a tire leak. Ton van Genugten (team mate, red.) was quick and helped with the swap. They had the waypoint already found, so there is a reason we go. But then I drove another leak. On a stone or so, I have not seen,” recounts De Rooy in a press release from his team.
The Iveco driver was sitting by his loss of time now between slower cars and trucks. “And in attempts next to the path there is to go beyond the truck such blows, that I, a rib got bruised.”
“On the neutralization was happy our service, with dr. Gust van Montfort, waiting for us. Gust get a syringe placed against the pain, otherwise I had the second part will not be saved. I was broken from the pain. Very bales. I give not up yet, but I’m going tomorrow, not going to risk everything for a chance to win even more flat tires.”
The Dakar Rally will be held Friday, continues with a sample of 288 kilometres between San Juan and Rio Cuarto. Saturday is a short final stage to finish in Buenos Aires.
De Rooy at greater disadvantage in Dakar Rally