And then there were only eight - de Villiers and von Zitzewitz increase pressure at the "Dakar"
Uyuni, January 10, 2015. Only eight minutes and 14 seconds - at the "Dakar" is a blink of an eye. Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz on one of the toughest stages of the Dakar shortened Attiyah's lead significantly and increased the pressure on the overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah in the X-raid Mini. On the first part of the marathon stage of Iquique in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia they faced a tricky route again, and it was thus the hour of navigators. When they reached the 1st WP in Bolivia for the participants of the automobile class de Villiers / von Zitzewitz had caught up with their rivals and stayed with them till crossing the finish line. Although only Sixth on the day, they reached the marathon bivouac - 6:50 minutes behind stage winner Orlando Terranova (X-raid Mini) - but made time on Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel, a total of 2:58 minutes.
The special stage was over winding mountain passages with hard, rocky ground. It was necessary to be conservative, especially with the tires. Only three spare wheels for two days and a total of 828 km were available to participants at the two marathon days and the trip to Bolivia. A service is allowed only in the evening by the participants themselves, the race trucks that usually run as fast helpers on the same rally route, are not available as they have driven to another bivouac. Incidentally, the last Dakar Rally marathon stage in 2009 decided Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz's win that year.
That's ... that quote of the day
"A fierce stage! The height makes all the difference. I myself have a hell of a headache. We have caught just before half-time Nasser Al-Attiyah, who got lost. From 170 kilometers on so we have opened the route and did all the work. The navigation was extremely difficult today and you had to constantly be on guard, due to the large number of cars. The marathon is not over yet. But we are happy ".
Dirk von Zitzewitz after stage 07
That was ... Stage 07
(Iquique - Uyuni)
Compound 396 km; Special: 321 km
Preliminary "Dakar" - Overall after stage 07
01. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel (Q / F), Mini, 23: 11.50 hrs.
02. Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA / D), Toyota, +08.14 min.
03. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschalk (SA / D), Toyota, +21.16 min.
04. Krzysztof Holowczyc / Xavier Panseri (PL / F), Mini, +54.02 hours.
05. Bernhard ten Brinke / Tom Colsoul (NL / B), Toyota, +57.03 min.