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Milan Bydžovský - 08.01.2017

Weather in the Main Role. Buggyra Waits for Spare Parts

Weather in the Main Role. Buggyra Waits for Spare Parts

The sixth stage of Dakar Rally had to be cancelled for rainstorm. Thus the pilots of the TATRA BUGGYRA RACING team only had to transfer to La Paz where they could enjoy a free day. The rest day was to be a day of hard work for the mechanics, though.

 

Oruro in Bolivia was swept by heavy rains and the teams had to establish provisional bivouacs on the motorway. The weather in La Paz, where the crews would spend the free day and the service teams would work on their trucks, was not much better either. “On Saturday we only had to cover a 200 km pass to La Paz where the participants would spend the free day, for the mechanics the hardest day at Dakar, for both Tatras need extensive servicing. Things that we normally do not manage between stages will be replaced,“ commented on the Sunday programme the head constructor David Vršecký. 
 

Early morning Bolivian time a plane landed in La Paz with replacement servo pumps and the technicians of Aleš Loprais faced a difficult riddle. “We invented a short-term solution to reach the next bivouac and now we have to think up for Aleš something that would last more than one stage. We will have a lot of time for that so I hope we will manage with the new parts,“ said the head of the research and development department Robin Dolejš. 

 

The crew of Aleš Loprais also believe that their Tatra Phoenix will be repaired successfully. “Before my horse runs properly I cannot speak of a horse race that would satisfy me. Sometimes it is a life-threatening adventure now. But all that can change today when we receive the gift plane loaded with spare parts,“ said Aleš early morning adding: “I will spend the rest day by media commitments and with our fantastic masseur where I will lie down for a while and concentrate on clearing my head.“ 

 

Martin Kolomý was disappointed by the cancelled stage. As is well known about the pilot of Bruntál, he likes the slippery mud and he believes in himself on it. “The more it rains the more I like it and so I am not happy of the cancelled sixth stage. I believed I would compensate my Friday bad luck. I am also curious to learn what the organizers will do with the results of stage five where at least eight trucks did not pass the third way point,“ said Kolomý. 

 

The bivouac in La Paz was also reached by the crew of Karel Trněný, who had to give up further racing at Dakar this year. “I would like to thank the boys for they struggled like hell. But we did not have enough spare parts to successfully finish it. I raise my hat to all who will manage,“ said Karel Trněný.

 

The sixth stage of Dakar Rally had to be cancelled for rainstorm. Thus the pilots of the TATRA BUGGYRA RACING team only had to transfer to La Paz where they could enjoy a free day. The rest day was to be a day of hard work for the mechanics, though.

 

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