"On this day, you can write a book. The beginning was great because we were able to stay on the 130 km long flat-out section on the Salar de Uyuni in the slipstream of the Minis and keep up like this. Strange, but really good: We had a common cause with Nasser Al-Atiyah and made good time by the slipstreaming and pushing about half a minute on the rest of the field. It was like Nascar! On the next downhill piece we had no braking on the rear. But so be it: The first part went to us - we never expected it, because the amount we could lose at altitude was easy ten minutes. The second part also went off well before we had tremendous bad luck. After 15 kilometers, a helicopter of the 'Dakar' organization sat next to us and swirled so much fesh fesh that we could not seen anything more. We hit a rock and had to change the tire after that. That certainly cost us at least three minutes. Still, I think we were the big winners of the two marathon days. Instead of losing time we have made some time in total which is good. Super! "
Dirk von Zitzewitz after stage 08.
That was ... #Dakar2015 Stage 08
Connection: 24 km; special 781 km (of which 274 km neutralized)
Preliminary "Dakar" -Gesamtergebnis after stage 07
01. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel (Q / F), Mini, 26: 41.15 hrs.
02. Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA / D), Toyota, +08.27 min.
03. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschalk (SA / D), Toyota, +18.40 min.
04. Krzysztof Holowczyc / Xavier Panseri (PL / F), Mini, +54.38 min.
05. Bernhard ten Brinke / Tom Colsoul (NL / B), Toyota, +1: 22:52 hrs.
06. Erik van Loon / Wouter Rosegaar (NL / NL), Mini, +1: 25.51 hrs.
(Iquique, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015)
Connection: 0 km; Special: 0 km - Today is the day of rest ...
The word "day of rest" is at the Dakar Rally actually a lie. The mechanics experience the busiest and most stressful day of the entire "Dakar", especially after the two marathon days. After all: Their true "day of rest" is already done. During the marathon stage there was time for them to rest. Speaking of time to rest: although the drivers should not drive a single meter on the rest day of the "Dakar", they still have a full program. For the top drivers it is a marathon of media appointments.