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5 Jan 2016

MAZ-SPORTavto finishes 11th in Dakar Rally Stage 2

MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – Belarus’ MAZ-SPORTavto crew led by pilot Sergei Vyazovich finished the second leg of the 2016 Dakar Rally across the mountains and deserts of Argentina and Bolivia in 11th in the truck category, BelTA has learned.

Dutchman Hans Stacey in a MAN truck was the quickest through the 387km Stage 2 from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Rio Hondo clocking 4h18m18s. Another Dutch racer Peter Versluis finished in second, 48 seconds behind the stage winner. Gerard De Rooy with his Iveco was third. Sergei Vyazovich’s crew clocked the best time among the Belarusian participants in the second leg of the rally, 11 minutes and 49 seconds behind the time set by Hans Stacey. The crew of Alexander Vasilevsky placed 21st. MAZ’s third entry, the maintenance crew of Vladimir Vasilevsky, finished the stage in 33rd.

The third stage of this year’s rally will take the racers from Termas de Rio Hondo to San Salvador de Jujuy. It will feature some mountain tracks with breathtaking panorama but dangerous curves.

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