The Czech Ford Ranger pilots Tomas Ourednicek and David Kripal finished the 522 km special of SS12 as 33rd in the overall rankings. During Dakar Rally, every day is a race in itself, and however close the finish seems to be, anything can come into your way, at any time. For example, a big stone hidden in sand, like it happened to them in Stage 12.
"The morning began very early, after only three hours of sleep, and just like Wednesday, our mechanics were still working on the car," said Ourednicek after the stage. "Only 30 km into the special, we hit something, and the impact was quite big, damaging multiple parts around the rear wheel. David tried to fix it, and also Mathias Behringer with his MAN arrived and helped us to finish the repair."
"After another 20 km we got lost for a short time in a stony mountain area, and later got stuck in the feshfesh, but fortunately Mathias Behringer helped us again. After that we decided to drive carefully to avoid further problems." Navigator David Kripal added: "The navigation was really tricky, and there were many rivers, sometimes we even had to drive in the river. Unfortunately, we had a crash and lost time with repair, but apart from that we had a quite good day and we reached the finish line."
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