Daily and overall second place in the Atacama desert
Iquique, January 09, 2015. A normal working day in the "office": Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain the strongest pursuer of Nasser Al-Attiyah (X-raid Mini) in the Dakar Rally. On the sixth stage of the legendary desert rally de Villiers / von Zitzewitz lost only 37 seconds on the day and still rank 2nd in the overall standings only 11:12 minutes behind Al-Attiyah. At the same time, they built their lead to Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschalk just under eight minutes to 17:32. Al-Rahji / Gottschalk are piloting an identical Toyota Hilux.
The special stage from Antofagasta to Iquique had two faces: At the beginning fast tracks on hard, rocky ground, at the end dunes with extremely soft sand formed the test of the day. During the first part, the lead of Al-Attiyah had built up to about two minutes but de Villiers / von Zitzewitz caught up the majority again. They found the ideal way through the maze of dune slacks and combs and proved perfect teamwork between the driver and navigator.
That's ... that quote of the day
"We were really good today. Giniel just drove great, had a good rhythm - fast but safe - just the perfect 'Dakar' pace. The first part of the stage was rather simple, but we immediately found our pace. Nasser Al-Attiyah was very fast in the first section but we caught back up in the dunes. The dunes were not easy, very soft. I think many other drivers here might have to dig a couple of times. Now we are preparing for the marathon stage. This is a severe distance in the next two days! "
Dirk von Zitzewitz after stage 06
That was ... Stage 06
Compound 392 km; Exam: 255 km
Preliminary "Dakar" - Overall after stage 06
01. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel (Q / F), Mini, 19: 30.44 hrs.
02. Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA / D), Toyota, +11.12 min.
03. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschalk (SA / D), Toyota, +28.44 min.
04. Krzysztof Holowczyc / Xavier Panseri (PL / F), Mini, +1: 00.53 hrs.
05. Bernhard ten Brinke / Tom Colsoul (NL / B), Toyota, +1: 04:23 hrs.
06. Erik van Loon / Wouter Rosegaar (NL / NL), Mini, +1: 06:43 hrs.