The Dakar 2017 has been a rally of lights and shadows for the Spanish participants in cars and trucks, while the pilots called to fight for the ‘Touareg’ have not gotten to fight in a real way for the victory. On the contrary, riders such as Isidre Esteve and Cristina Gutierrez have managed to finish the race, the real goal for both of them for different reasons. In this line, Xevi Pons has been found with abandon at the first change, while Moises Torrallardona has achieved a new success to reach the podium in the truck category, with Gerard De Rooy.
The image of the disappointment on this Dakar has been to Carlos Sainz and Xevi Pons, the whole time both of them were out of the game at the first change. The Peugeot driver was a candidate at all, the South Racing had everything in your hand to strain out the Ford Ranger in the Top-10. Neither the one nor the other fulfilled the expectations. Carlos Sainz dropped out in the course of the fourth stage after suffering an accident with your Peugeot 3008 DKR and fall down an embankment. For his part, Xavi Pons was the second day after also suffering a heavy blow.
Only in the face of danger, Nani Roma finished fourth. His debut with Toyota has been positive and has in fact been the best of the ‘fatal’, but has not been a real threat to the drivers of Peugeot in almost no time. Despite this, his Dakar has been positive. Same adjective that you can use for Joan Ruby in his role as co-pilot of Alberto Rodrigo Gutierrez Fleig, every time the couple formed by the pilot, a bolivian and the Spanish has gotten around the Top-15 in several stages, completing the Dakar in a creditable 16th position, with the Toyota Hilux.
Reliability, experience and work have allowed Xavi Foj finished again the Dakar. The pilot’s natural Molins de Rei has accumulated thirteen consecutive editions reaching the goal. In his 27th participation in the Dakar, Foj has finished 30th in fourth place in the T2 category after seeing as the podium was slipping by various mechanical problems. Also arrived at the goal Isidre Esteve, in this case at position 35 and with the Cushion, Intelligent demonstrating its effectiveness. Finally, Cristina Gutiérrez became the first Spanish to finish the Dakar in the car.
Much less positive has been the Dakar to the Spanish in the new category UTV, the whole time the three Yamaha YZX1000R posts on liza by Yamaha Spain were not able to finish the test. Joan Font and his co-pilot Gabriel Moiset were not able to finish the fourth stage by the breakage of the engine of your vehicle. In the same special, Santiago Navarro and Oriol Vidal also saw truncated his dream. For its part, the adventure of Guifre Pujol as co-pilot of the andorran Andreu Cachafeiro not passed the second stage, after also suffering mechanical problems in your UTV.
finally, in the category of trucks Moises Torrallardona has managed to finish on the podium as co-driver Gerard de Rooy in the Iveco vehicles of the Dutch. Buenos Aires also received with open arms the MAN of the team KH-7 Sport in which I have competed Jordi Juvanteny, Jose Luis Criado and Enric González. The trio of Spanish ended in the position 32 absolute, as the second ranked among the trucks 6×6. While the andorran Albert Llovera managed to achieve the goal for the third time, you can’t say the same for the truck Pep Sabaté and andorra Georges Genets, who had to say goodbye to the Dakar for various problems.