At the 9th stage Belarusian crew run by Alexander Vasilevsky № 545 started 34th. The beginning of the path proved to be difficult. The first control point (at around 12 km) the crew lost nearly 14 minutes and moved to the 66th position. But then the guys accelerated. By 200-kilometer of special stage (CP-4) Belarusians had already played 20 positions. The most of the route remained ahead.
Control point CP-5 located at a distance of 260 kilometers from the start was crossed by our guys the 35th playing the leader of 1:35:42. On the 330-kilometer (CP-7) Alexander Vasilevsky had been already compensated for the time spent at the start and played 2 more positions. Thus, our crew finished 33rd!
After the special stage drivers were expected the so-called zone of neutralization (the run to be passed in the road mode). Driving was tragic for the Czech Republic crew run by Alesha Lopraysa, who took the second position overall in the race. The combat crew operator fell asleep at the wheel and the car flew off the road and overturned. The crew was taken to an emergency bivouac. The incident occurred on the rider’s birthday.
Because of the accident the whole channel had moved up one position, so our crew started 32nd on the final section. The Belarusians have improved their result during the remaining 100 kilometers and finished 30th ! Congratulations to the crew on a high result! If it was not spent 14 minutes at the start, likely the crew would have had the 27th place, but it's sport and there is no place for the subjunctive time. As a result of 9 stages our crew occupied the 29th place. For the first time we were in the top 30! This is more than commendable for their debut performance!
The Italian Biason Mickey won at the 9th stage, Hans Stacey finished second with 20 seconds gap. Dutchman De Rooy showed only a third result losing 54 seconds to the leader. De Rooy kept first place in the overall, and Loprays’ leaving allowed Hans Stacey to rise to second place, third is 533 crew headed by Arthur Ardavichus of KAMAZ.
According to the materials of online portal www.dakar.4x4.by, the Information team partner “MAZ-SPORTavto.”