Loprais survived and is now even closer to the podium
It puts extra pressure on the mechanics during the night before the marathon stage.
“As a precaution, we changed the turbo, tyres, we refilled oils, greased steering and checked the whole vehicle. We also had to make a new exhaustion pipe that caused us issues yesterday and changed the hoses it had damaged. And of course, we had to pack everything, even things we usually do not bring along, like the control unit, power box, connecting rods, air filter and some sensors,” explained crew mechanic Petr Pokora.
But even on a shortened route, Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora have gained 24 minutes on Siarhei Viazovich. He is now only 41 minutes ahead of the Czech team. All that despite a troubling day for the Instaforex Loprais Team.
“Today, we had some issues with our turbo sensor. We had to stop and reset the car five times. Sometimes, it was about survival. However, we need to thank our Lady for making it to the end. We’ll be intensively working on her with the guys ahead of tomorrow’s difficult stage. But today it’s only on us because we don’t have our mechanics. It’ll be an interesting night,” said Aleš Loprais.
The penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally 2020 will bring the crews back to Haradh. This stage is 744 kilometres long, out of which 379 will be timed. The first 80 kilometres will offer some of the most formidable dunes in Saudi Arabia.