Belarusian crews with varying success overcame the seventh stage of the rally-race "Dakar-2018". The leader of the MAZ-SPORTAauto team Sergey Viazovich showed the sixth time at the finish, while the other two of our crew faced serious problems on the track.
The seventh special stage was 313 km long marathon: after exhausting rally-arrival the crews went to the closed park where technical support vehicles were banned. The route passed mainly in mountainous terrain, racers also drove along Lake Titicaca. There were several stretches with huge puddles, after which the trucks were covered with a layer of dirt. The stage was a serious test for the technicians and pilots, whose mistake could cost the crew very dearly.
"The first marathon stage proved to be difficult for the Belarusian team. Sergei Viazovich showed a high result, but felt a slight malaise, and already in a closed park he had a fever. Alexander Vasilevsky at the speed fell into the rut and greatly damaged the car. Alexei Vishnevsky also encountered problems at the beginning of the special stage, eliminating which went to help the team-mate, "the team explained.
Sergei Viazovich overcame the stage in exactly 4 hours and 20 minutes, finishing the sixth. The first was the Dutchman T. van Genugten on Iveco, who beat Belarusians for 9 minutes. In the general classification Mazov crew occupies the third line, losing to the leader of the race - Eduard Nikolayev from "KAMAZ-master" - 2 hours 49 minutes.
Eighth stage will lead the riders to the Bolivian city of Tupis. A special section of 381 km long will be held in the mountains: crews expect serpentine, rocky areas and treacherous dunes. Bolivian stages, judging by everything, will be a difficult test for all participants of DAKAR-2018.
The crews of the MAZ-SPORTAauto team will leave the starting position in the following order: Sergei Viazovich starts at 10:18:30 (17:18 Minsk), followed by Alexander Vasilevsky (17:33 Minsk) at 10:33:30, and at 10:37:30 (17:37 Minsk) the crew of Alexei Vishnevsky starts. Participants will have to go through sand dunes at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level.