Jeddah into sight for Feryn Dakar Sport

Jeddah into sight for Feryn Dakar Sport

12.01.2022: Two more stages, totalling 901 km, before the Red Sea and the final podium in Jeddah come into sight on Friday. Before team Feryn Dakar Sport gets there two more stages need to be driven. Tom De Leeuw, Cédric Feryn and Bjorn Burgelman (Mercedes) dropped t


Two more stages, totalling 901 km, before the Red Sea and the final podium in Jeddah come into sight on Friday. Before team Feryn Dakar Sport gets there two more stages need to be driven. Tom De Leeuw, Cédric Feryn and Bjorn Burgelman (Mercedes) dropped to eighth place on Wednesday. Koen Wauters and Pascal Feryn (Toyota) are still twelfth.



Spaniards Celma Obiols, Ribas, Toral (Mercedes) dropped to fifth place in the standings but remain in the lead in the trucks. The gap with Tom De Leeuw, Cédric Feryn and Bjorn Burgelman has widened to 178 points. The Belgian trio have dropped from sixth to eighth place in the standings, although a top ten finish for their first participation in the Dakar Classic and second place in the truck category is an excellent result.



"Today's stage was one of 244 km with 4 RTs and 1 NT," says Cédric Feryn. "It is finally summer in the desert. It sounds strange, but it is. The navigation was not easy, especially with such a big truck as ours. In terms of penalty points, today was rather a letdown. And we hadn't really expected that. But all in all, we are satisfied."


Along the way, Tom De Leeuw feasted his eyes. "We drove through beautiful wadis and canyons. The landscape was more beautiful than the previous days. More varied too. Tomorrow we have another 185 km ride and Friday we still have 89 competitive kilometres. We can start counting down. We will continue to do our best and hopefully we will be rewarded. But, we have to stay focused. Remember the story of the skin and the bear."



Koen Wauters and Pascal Feryn had to roll up their sleeves before the start when the tyre on the front right went flat. Despite a clumsy jack, the tyre was changed just in time.


"Just before the start of an RT or NT we check the tyre pressure," says Koen Wauters. "We noticed that the tyre pressure at the front right was a lot lower than at the start in the bivouac. To avoid any problems during the ride, we changed the tyre. The jack was giving us some trouble and the car was in danger of becoming unbalanced. But all in all, the replacement went smoothly and we were able to start on time. During the drive it was a pleasure to drive.



 Pascal's instructions were like music to my ears. Upon arrival at the bivouac we invited all Belgians participating in the Classic Dakar for a bite to eat and a drink. It is great to fraternise here in the bivouac. That way we also get to know them better. That is also Dakar.




- Eric Dupain - photos Feryn Dakar Sport


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12.01.2022 / MaP

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