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Gerard de Rooy Wins the Second Dakar Special with the Iveco Powerstar - Stage 9

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January 16, 2014 AT 12:19 PM
"Today's stage with Karginov (Kamaz) was incredible, but he certainly had luck on his side. The stage was extremely difficult; we found nothing but holes and stones for the first 360 kilometres. We were already too far behind by the time we finally arrived at the dunes. We lost a few parts, including the bumper while crossing over the top of a huge dune, but only realised this at the end," said Gerard de Rooy, conscious of the strong set of Russian competitors following closely behind him. The Special from Calama to Iquique was in fact challenging for all competitors. Kamaz driver Karginov took enormous risks to close the gap between himself and De Rooy, who remains first in the rankings. For the first time in this edition, Team Iveco faced difficult delays: there was a problem with the clutch on Pep Vila's truck at 140 kilometres into the race and Hans Stacey also hit trouble and lost an estimated 50 minutes, finishing 16th.