Belarusian pilots successfully completed the third stage of the 40th rally-race "Dakar". All three MAZ crews entered the top ten, while Alexei Vishnevsky and Sergey Viazovich managed to get to the third and fourth places in the overall standings.
The third special stage had length of 296 km and continued testing pilots by dunes. The track included a lot of sand obstacles, and only half of the trucks managed to drive them without incident. For the Belarusian crews, the stage was well established: the riders practically did not make mistakes, the trucks didn’t cause any problems. But during the race the truck of Sergei Vyazovich laid down on its side in the sands. Fortunately Alexei Vishnevsky’s MAZ came to the rescue.
Our sports trucks showed themselves on the best side, having passed the track without any problems.
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The best time among the Belarusians was shown by Alexei Vishnevsky, who took the fifth place. On the way, he spent 4 hours 21 minutes and is behind the winner of the stage - the Argentine Federico Villagra - for 24 minutes. Half a minute later, the leader of the MAZ team Sergey Vyazovich finished on the sixth line. In the overall standings Belarusian crews occupied the third and fourth positions, losing about 53 minutes to the leader of the race Eduard Nikolayev.
After the technical problems at the third stage, Alexander Vasilevsky caught up the missed positions. His crew confidently passed the special stage, having overtaken many trucks on the track and finishing the tenth. Overcoming of the stage took 4 hours 48 minutes, with a gap in 51 minutes. In the general ranking the crew occupied the 17th line, losing to the leader of the race 5 hours 57 minutes.
The fourth stage will take place along the Pacific coast in the vicinity of the Peruvian city of San Juan de Marcon. The length of the special stage will be 330 km. Racers have to overcome steep canyons and a 100-kilometer stretch with treacherous dunes. This stage will be a serious test for pilots and equipment, which can affect the position of the crews in the standings.