That's ... that quote of the day ... Stage 08 Dakar
"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.
(Info via Dirk von Zitzewitz)
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.
Rally dakar-stages-6 (info from Dirk von Zitzewitz)
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.
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