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Dakar 2017 Stage 9 cancelled

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A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms happened this morning at 10.30am on the road used to join the bivouac, 40 kilometers north of Jujuy, 160kms away from Salta, hitting the village of Volcan. According to the Argentinian civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.
The organization offered its sanitary facilities to reinforce the local safety support on site. As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liaison by about 200 km. They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race.
A number of larger vehicles will not be able to use that road either.
The day will be devoted to regroup the race caravan in Chilecito to continue the event by giving the start on the 12th of January of stage 10, between CHILECITO and SAN JUAN.A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Wednesday’s ninth stage of the Dakar Rally in Argentina, organizers said.
They said the road to Tuesday’s overnight bivouac had been blocked 40km north of Jujuy. The landslide hit the village of Volcan and caused considerable damage.
“As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance … by about 200 km,” the race organizers said in an overnight statement.
“They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race.”
The competitors will instead spend Wednesday traveling to Chilecito for Thursday’s 10th stage.
MOTOR-RALLY-DAKAR
A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms happened this morning at 10.30am on the road used to join the bivouac, 40 kilometers north of Jujuy, 160kms away from Salta, hitting the village of Volcan. According to the Argentinian civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.
The organization offered its sanitary facilities to reinforce the local safety support on site. As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liaison by about 200 km. They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race.
A number of larger vehicles will not be able to use that road either.
The day will be devoted to regroup the race caravan in Chilecito to continue the event by giving the start on the 12th of January of stage 10, between CHILECITO and SAN JUAN.A
The competitors will spend Wednesday travelling to Chilecito for Thursday’s 10th stage.
January 11th, 2017

Dakar 2017: Buggyra Tatra Videos of stage 7 & 8

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Stage 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLNtRqpYq0s

Stage 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcBzLgWoLb4

January 11th, 2017

Dakar 2017 Stage 8: Loprais comments

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Goodbye, Bolivia…

Today’s shortened stage, the last in Bolivia, is behind us. We will wave to the mountains and I must say that I am not satisfied with today’s result, even though we did not have any technical problems. We did not have enough power. We just could not keep up. The vehicles around were faster. We hope that we were choked mainly by the altitude. Disillusion is also due to the length of the stage, because the constant reduction of sharp kilometres can definitely help us to better overall result.

January 11, 2017 is the day of the 9th stage from SALTA to CHILECITO. This stage should have a total of 977 km, of which the measured section for all categories should have 406 km But so far it is not clear what will happen, because the only access road to Salta is under water and the entire convoy is said to be instructed to return. We will have to wait for the solution.

We believe that this time, despite the difficulties the serving of kilometres will be preserved and the results will be somewhat more favourable for us.

January 11th, 2017

Dakar 2017 Stage 8

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In stage 8, the Tatras again reached modest spots in the ranking with Loprais nearly 11 minutes and Kolomy nearly 18 minutes behind today’s stage winner. Overall the Tatras struggle to finish in the overall ranking top 10 with Kolomy 9th and Loprais 11th overall.

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
506

RENAULT TRUCKS

01:55:20 - -
502

IVECO

01:55:37 00:00:17 -
505

KAMAZ

01:56:02 00:00:42 -
513

KAMAZ

01:58:02 00:02:42 -
507

IVECO

01:59:09 00:03:49 -
511

MAZ

02:01:14 00:05:54 -
509

MAN

02:01:29 00:06:09 -
518

LIAZ

02:01:59 00:06:39 -
500

IVECO

02:02:33 00:07:13 -
522

MAZ

02:04:37 00:09:17 -
525

IVECO

02:06:02 00:10:42 -
503

TATRA

02:06:13 00:10:53 -
510

RENAULT TRUCKS

02:08:29 00:13:09 -
516

HINO

02:12:57 00:17:37 -
508

TATRA

02:13:08 00:17:48 -
January 11th, 2017

Dakar 2017: Stage 7

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LopraisStage7

As Stage 7 and 8 from a marathon stage. there has been no contact by the Buggyra Team and their drivers Martin Kolomy and Ales Loprais.

OVERALL:

The Tatra drivers are now 12th and 13th overall. Bonver Project driver Llovera is 25th overall in his Tatra Jamal.

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
500

IVECO

15:52:07 - -
513

KAMAZ

15:54:18 00:02:11 -
505

KAMAZ

15:58:04 00:05:57 -
501

KAMAZ

16:12:19 00:20:12 -
502

IVECO

16:25:49 00:33:42 -
510

RENAULT TRUCKS

16:29:25 00:37:18 -
504

MAN

16:38:22 00:46:15 -
515

KAMAZ

16:38:44 00:46:37 -
509

MAN

16:48:47 00:56:40 -
516

HINO

17:22:50 01:30:43 -
522

MAZ

17:30:09 01:38:02 -
508

TATRA

17:41:35 01:49:28 00:03:00
503

TATRA

18:15:26 02:23:19 -
521

GINAF

18:22:18 02:30:11 00:20:00
518

LIAZ

18:50:29 02:58:22 00:20:00
511

MAZ

19:17:41 03:25:34 -
514

SCANIA

19:32:45 03:40:38 -
520

MAN

19:51:36 03:59:29 00:20:00
536

DAF

20:08:41 04:16:34 -
533

MAZ

20:39:24 04:47:17 00:20:00
507

IVECO

21:57:36 06:05:29 02:23:00
523

SCANIA

22:25:44 06:33:37 -
525

IVECO

23:04:35 07:12:28 02:20:00
541

MAN

23:23:34 07:31:27 00:01:00
538

TATRA

24:48:26 08:56:19 00:55:00
January 10th, 2017

Dakar 2017 Stage 7

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Following the cancellation of stage 6 on the eve of the rest day, persistent bad weather conditions forced the race directors to change the course of stage 7 from La Paz to Uyuni. A new course was designed and a new road book was drafted during the rest day.
The new course is an unprecedented combination of the original routes of stages 6 and 7. Today’s 161 km special will mainly take place on sandy terrain, sandwiched between a 400 km link section and another one 240 km long. The special starts at 10 am, with the first motorcycles expected to reach the Uyuni bivouac at 3.30 pm.
KolomyStage5
Following the cancellation of stage 6 on the eve of the rest day, persistent bad weather conditions forced the race directors to change the course of stage 7 from La Paz to Uyuni.  A new course was designed and a new road book was drafted during the rest day.
Today’s new course is an unprecedented combination of the original routes of stages 6 and 7.  Today’s 161 km special will mainly take place on sandy terrain, sandwiched between a 400 km link section and another one 240 km long.  The special started at 10 am, with the first motorcycles expected to reach the Uyuni bivouac at 3.30 pm.
The Tatras did not well today, Kolomy finishing 11th and Loprais 16th.
Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
513

KAMAZ

01:41:35 - -
507

IVECO

01:44:26 00:02:51 -
502

IVECO

01:45:12 00:03:37 -
500

IVECO

01:46:00 00:04:25 -
511

MAZ

01:46:57 00:05:22 -
504

MAN

01:48:45 00:07:10 -
505

KAMAZ

01:49:34 00:07:59 -
501

KAMAZ

01:49:40 00:08:05 -
515

KAMAZ

01:49:58 00:08:23 -
510

RENAULT TRUCKS

01:50:53 00:09:18 -
508

TATRA

01:51:18 00:09:43 -
518

LIAZ

01:52:56 00:11:21 -
516

HINO

01:56:39 00:15:04 -
509

MAN

01:57:24 00:15:49 -
533

MAZ

01:57:33 00:15:58 -
503

TATRA

02:02:56 00:21:21 -
522

MAZ

02:10:39 00:29:04 -
January 9th, 2017

Meanwhile, in the Africa Eco Race…..

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AfricaEco2017carte1- Africa 2017

This year’s Africa Eco race has 5 stages in Maroc, 6 in Maroc and the final one in Mauretania.  After stage 6, the Bonver Project Tatra Jamal of Jaroslav Valtr is second overall in the truck class behind the Kamaz of Andrej Karginov, though more than two hours behind. Tomas Tomecek is third overall with his T 815, about 20 min behind Valtr.

http://www.africarace-live.com/en/cla-etp6.html

January 9th, 2017

Dakar 2017: Loprais comments

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The fifth stage was a test of nerves for the crew more than anything else. Our problem with the power steering pump reoccurred 3 times, and the fact that we got to the finish in good health was due to the force majeure. The bivouac that expected us in the finish, was completely flooded. The organizers´ decision to cancel the next stage was reasonable. After spending the night on a closed highway, we moved to La Paz. A stunning place, enchanting landscape, but the weather is bad. It was raining until 10 o´clock of local time and it stopped raining, but there is a lot of mud everywhere and we will see what happens next. In all that the mechanics work hard on technology, and even the necessary spare parts have arrived. We thank the quick connection with a rucksack on the back and we believe that all of this will help us.

January 9, 2017 we await the seventh stage from LA PAZ to UYUNI. It should be the same for all categories, at the length of 622 km, 322 km special section.

We believe that the weather will allow us to drive through the stage in its entirety, without reducing or cancelling.

January 9th, 2017

Dakar 2017: Loprais and Kolomy comment on stage 5, Buggyra stage 5 video, Stage 6 cancelled.

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Loprais Comments on stage 5:

Fifth stage – Is it yesterday or today?
It can´t be true! Today´s initial phase of the stage was almost identical to the yesterday´s one from our point of view. Shortly after the start of the speed trial we encountered the same problem. The power steering pump again! With the only difference that it is raining today. Another loss of 27 minutes.
What do we feel? Futility and frustration … In addition, further progress of the stage was not smooth either and our loss has even increased… Due to the poor conditions during our telephone call the explanation will be provided probably only in the video. We do not know if the results will have to be modified, because half of the trucks did not pass through WP3 and it is not yet clear what the organizer will do with that.
What should we expect tomorrow? Stage 6 from ORURO to LA PAZ at a total length of 772 km, of which 513 km measured. Whether we will drive the whole length will depend on the weather, which is very unpredictable here. Perhaps we won´t even relish the beauty of Lake Titicaca and we will be happy to arrive in time to LA PAZ, a small town at an altitude of 4000 meters above the sea level
Fifth stage – Is it yesterday or today?
It can´t be true! Today´s initial phase of the stage was almost identical to the yesterday´s one from our point of view. Shortly after the start of the speed trial we encountered the same problem. The power steering pump again! With the only difference that it is raining today. Another loss of 27 minutes.
What do we feel? Futility and frustration … In addition, further progress of the stage was not smooth either and our loss has even increased… Due to the poor conditions during our telephone call the explanation will be provided probably only in the video. We do not know if the results will have to be modified, because half of the trucks did not pass through WP3 and it is not yet clear what the organizer will do with that.
What should we expect tomorrow? Stage 6 from ORURO to LA PAZ at a total length of 772 km, of which 513 km measured. Whether we will drive the whole length will depend on the weather, which is very unpredictable here. Perhaps we won´t even relish the beauty of Lake Titicaca and we will be happy to arrive in time to LA PAZ, a small town at an altitude of 4000 meters above the sea level.

Martin Kolomy:
Bad luck in the shortened fifth stage also Martin Kolomý: wandered and had two punctured tires. While still in the middle of measured section headed.
“The first half of the stage we had, but in the second part we had navigation problems, when it was badly written from the organizers. At the end I had crossed the edge of the dunes, for which they have been around some rocks, and I tore my two rubbers. There we again lost but this is racing and it’s all the same. We have no choice nothing but put up with it and keep fighting, “said the drenched bivouac Bruntálský pilot.
Stage 6  cancelled
This morning, some competitors were still making their way through the special. Extreme weather conditions were preventing competitors and their vehicles from reaching the bivouac and preparing for today’s Stage 6 properly. Furthermore, the scouts sent by the organisers to reconnoitre today’s stage and reported that the terrain is steadily deteriorating. As a result, stage 6 from Oruro to La Paz has been cancelled.
January 7th, 2017

Dakar 2017 stage 5: Kolomy drops back to 20th after leading at CP2, Loprais 25th

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LopraisStage5

Yesterday he lost more than 1 hour 20 minutes, so today Martin Kolomý had nothing to lose and he started the special with his foot to the floor. The Czech trucker  reached WP2 in the lead, but only seven seconds ahead of yesterday’s stage winner Gerard de Rooy, who is kept pace with Kolomý. Gerard de Rooy grabbed a second consecutive stage victory, has now reached his cruising speed and has taken command of the general standings. A Kamaz truck was again runner-up, but this time it was Eduard Nikolaev, who also takes second place in the general standings. Kolomy dropped back for unknown reasons.

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
500

IVECO

02:39:12 - -
505

KAMAZ

02:51:10 00:11:58 -
501

KAMAZ

02:53:16 00:14:04 -
518

LIAZ

02:55:27 00:16:15 -
511

MAZ

02:56:55 00:17:43 -
522

MAZ

02:57:33 00:18:21 -
513

KAMAZ

03:00:03 00:20:51 -
533

MAZ

03:01:30 00:22:18 -
516

HINO

03:05:22 00:26:10 -
512

MAN

03:05:30 00:26:18 -
514

SCANIA

03:06:37 00:27:25 -
510

RENAULT TRUCKS

03:08:35 00:29:23 -
504

MAN

03:14:48 00:35:36 -
509

MAN

03:16:49 00:37:37 -
521

GINAF

03:20:18 00:41:06 -
502

IVECO

03:26:02 00:46:50 -
523

SCANIA

03:26:28 00:47:16 -
515

KAMAZ

03:30:32 00:51:20 -
536

DAF

03:30:43 00:51:31 -
508

TATRA

03:32:06 00:52:54 -
526

DAF

03:43:48 01:04:36 -
520

MAN

03:58:27 01:19:15 -
546

DAF

04:08:13 01:29:01 -
530

DAF

04:20:16 01:41:04 -
503

TATRA

04:22:59 01:43:47 -
January 6th, 2017
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