Sergey Vyazovich’s crew came to 11th place at the happened stage of the rally-raid DAKAR-2016. All three Belarusian trucks got to the finish.
The second stage was intended to be one of the longest at this DAKAR race. But the organizers decided not to risk and reduced the special area from 510 to 387 km.
The race took place along the rather speedy route with a big number of bumps and water barriers. Sergey Vyazovich’s truck overcame it in 4 hours 30 minutes. The Belarusian crew lagged behind the leader Hans Stacy (Holland) in almost 12 minutes. Three KAMAZ crews stood higher the Belarusians in a fixture table. Alexander Vasilevskiy’s truck finished the second stage at 21st place. It took him 4 hours 44 minutes to overcome the special area. Its lagging behind the winner was 25 minutes 29 sec. The technical truck of Vladimir Vasilevski finished at 33rd position – it took him more than 5 hours to overcome the distance and 45, 5 minutes of lagging behind Hans Stacy.
The speedy stone route had not became a serious problem for the Belarusian crews.
“Everyone had performed a good work – the racers and the trucks as well. Sergey Vyazovich went with a good speed, but tried not to risk without a clear reason. Such areas are rarely decisive for the race result, but let one silly mistake occur and the crew will pay a high price for it. There was a number of examples when the trucks have been just thrown out the race. The main stages are ahead, that’s why we have to take care of people and trucks before the forthcoming trials”, – was marked by the team.
At the same time the sickness of Sergey Vyazovich somehow had affected the team’s performance. Alexader Vasilevskiy’s MAZ truck had passed the turn, and thus lost some time. Besides, while overcoming the narrow part of the road, the truck had touched the tree, and the windscreen was knocked out.
The core is that competition for “golden Bedouin” began with the second stage. The first stage was cancelled by the organizers due to extreme weather conditions – heavy rain and zero visibility produced high risk for the crews. Earlier the trucks prolog had been discontinued when the Chinese female racer rushed the crowd of spectators as she failed to handle driving her Mini Cooper – 10 people suffered, 3 of them are in hospital in bad condition.
The third stage includes quite small special area (only 190 km) between cities Termas de Rio Hondo and Jujuy. It will be much more speedy, but with mountains areas. As a rule such routes hide a lot of “surprises”.