BGR21 – DAKAR 2021; Šoltys helped to pull Kamaz, Macháček drove without brakes
BGR21 Buggyra drivers had their hands full in almost a 500-kilometre-long stage. Martin Šoltys achieved the best result, taking 7th place in the Trucks category, even despite he had to help pull one of the Kamaz trucks at the beginning. He has now moved up by one position in the overall standings.
Martin Šoltys is slowly improving and today, he was battling his teammate Casale.
“At the beginning, we were helping to pull a Kamaz, so we lost some time there. The stage was switching between pistes and dunes, and it was the dunes where we always got behind Ignacio, but we lacked the speed to get ahead. And then he always pulled away again. When we finally got ahead of him, we made a navigational error, so he got back ahead of us. After that, we caught up him with again and finished like that. It was a good stage, but there’s still a lot ahead of us,” said the Šoltys, who is currently 8th in the overall standings.
After yesterday’s 6th place, Ignacio Casale took another solid result.
“It was great, we had no issues at all. It was a very fast stage, but I enjoyed it. I have to say, that I’m getting used to the truck more and more. Maybe we were slightly slower than the trucks with an automatic gearbox, but we don’t mind. I just made an error at the beginning at one of the dunes, but after that, it was faultless,” said excited Ignacio Casale after finishing in 8th position. He is currently in 7th place in the overall standings.
On the other hand, Josef Macháček, who was in 2nd place yesterday, struggled with brakes. That issue cost him a lot of time and the Dakar legend finished only in 12th place, dropping to 5th position in the overall standings in the lightweight prototypes category.
“At 100 kilometres, when we got into a refuelling zone, we discovered a torn cuff on a half-axle. I decided just to add some grease and not to change it. But with just 200 kilometres to go, we lost brakes completely, and both half-axles were dry. So, we just took it easy to make sure we survive,” said the experienced driver.
And Tomáš Enge did not have much luck again as well. By the time this press release was written, he was still out, struggling with technical issues.
The third stage will be 403 kilometres long and the organisers promise that there will be no more rocks. Tuesday should be all about sand and dunes.
TRUCKS – 2nd stage results
TRUCKS – current standings