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Trucker De Rooy still designated as winner sixth stage Dakar Rally

Gerard de Rooy has won the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. The 38-year-old Brabander finished second in his Iveco over five minutes later than Siarhei Viazovich, but the trucker from Belarus received a time penalty.

Gerard de Rooy has won the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. The 38-year-old Brabander finished second in his Iveco over five minutes later than Siarhei Viazovich, but the trucker from Belarus received a time penalty.

Viazovich missed the seventh checkpoint, as a result of which De Rooy enters the books as the winner of the longest stage of the fortieth edition of the Dakar Rally. The ride covered 838 kilometers from Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona, including a 309 kilometer classification test.

It is remarkable that Saturday a Dutchman was also designated as stage winner afterwards. Trucker Ton van Genugten then got the victory, after he had come fifth over the meet.

Van Genugten had stood still during the trial to pull the Renault truck from competitor Janus van Kasteren out of a ditch and got time back.

De Rooy’s day victory does not mean that he will advance in the rankings. He remains third, with an hour and fifty minutes behind Russian leader Eduard Nikolaev. Another Russian, Dmitri Sotnikov, is second in about ten minutes.

Ten Brinke ninth with the cars

With the cars, the Frenchman Sébastien Loeb booked his third stage win on Sunday and Bernhard ten Brinke was ninth. Pablo Quintanilla was the fastest with the engines.

The Dakar Rally, which this year only Peru visits, continues Monday with a ride from San Juan de Marcona-San Juan de Marcona. The seventh stage is 387 kilometers long.

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