Janus van Kasteren had presented the Mammoet Rallysport Team with his best stage result in only his second Dakar appearance. The Dutchman finished in fifth in what was considered as one of the hardest stages in this years Dakar.
Van Kasterens day in the dunes went smooth. “We only got stuck once, but finished without any big problems”, commented a happy Van Kasteren afterwards. He holds a nice 11th place in the general standings of the trucks. “That 15 minute loss because of me being stuk on a dune, won’t spoil the party tonight. I’m extremely happy with this result.”
Toyota GAZOO Racing
Nasser Al-Attiyah did a solid job consolidating his overall lead in the car category. The Qatari reached the finish in second place and holds a 46 minute lead over his nearest rival. Giniel de Villiers had a puncture after only 8 kilometres in the stage, but the South-African was faultless after that. He finished in fourth place and is still in the top ten overall. Bernhard ten Brinke lost a lot of time during stage 8 because of a technical failure and is out of the game.
Tim and Tom Coronel had another good day in the top 25 of the car category. The brothers only lost an hour and a half to the leaders in the stage.
Riwald Dakar Team
Gert Huzink and Ed Wigman of the Riwald Dakar Team completed the third day of the semi-marathon inside the top 15.