Iveco seeks a spot in the top five of the general ranking
Early Wednesday morning the remaining 2015 Dakar competitors returned to Argentina leaving the Calama campsite behind. In a highly demanding stage for both the trucks and their drivers, the 358- kilometre road was changed to 371, the same distance travelled by motorbikes and quads. Both the cars and trucks had to undergo an extended stage after having crossed areas that were 4,500 metres above sea level.
Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) was the stage winner once again, coming in shortly before the following competitors. Iveco’s best performer was Gerard de Rooy at the wheel of his Powerstar. He arrived only 5m19s from the lead moving at an increasingly faster pace throughout the day. He had a very fast start fighting the stage leader inch by inch and finally coming fifth place in the stage.
Hans Stacey, Iveco fleet’s leader in the general ranking, finished right after De Rooy, only 7m16s from the leader. He is rapidly approaching the fifth position in the general rankings, which is currently in the hands of Sotnikov (Kamaz). Today he was able to gain more than 20m on Sotnikov remaining 18m09s in the total sum of times.
In turn, Pep Vila was imposed a 40-minute penalty in the ninth stage for failing to pass through a waypoint – a checkpoint that drivers have to cross through to have their time recorded. “We were coming from a very dusty area, among cars, trucks and quads… all that dust prevented me from seeing where we were and we did not have that checkpoint on our GPS,” said Vila. In addition to the time lost due to the penalty, he finished 24m43s from the lead in 16th position, slipping to 13th position in the general rankings.
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Stage 10 – Results:
1. Nikolaev (Kamaz) 4h18m17s
2. Mardeev (Kamaz) +49s
3. Viazovich (Maz) +1m01s
5. DE ROOY (IVECO) +5m19s
6. STACEY (IVECO) +7m16s
16. VILA (IVECO) +24m43s
General Ranking – Stage 10
1. Mardeev (Kamaz) 36h11m56s
2. Nikolaev (Kamaz) +13m21s
3. Karginov (Kamaz) +42m46s
6. STACEY (IVECO) +2h37m13s
10. DE ROOY (IVECO) +7h10m04s
13. VILA (IVECO) +8h12m56s
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions.
The brand’s wide range of products include the Daily, a vehicle that covers the 3 – 7 ton vehicle weight segment, the Eurocargo from 6 – 16 tons, the Trakker (dedicated to off-road missions) and the Stralis, both over 16 tons. In addition, the Iveco Astra brand builds off-road trucks, rigid and articulated dumpers as well as special vehicles.
Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 7 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
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