Date: Feb 07, 2015
Route: St.Louis – Lac Rose
Country: Senegal Character: competition
Stage 13 win belongs to Antonio Valero with Lukas Cerny taking advantage of the top speed of his big KTM in second and Julian Merino in third. Victor Rivera arrived fourth some 6 minutes behind the winner. In the cars class Glad surrendered the stage victory to Wings 2 but more importantly held of Rally for Africa for the overall class lead in their 3rd race to Dakar. The competition this year was extraordinarily even with only 32 minutes separating the Glad Bowler from the third place Wings Patrol.
Jose Sanchez leads Buggy/UTV class while Eric Lesak is one step away from the title in Quat/ATV class.
The final stage tomorrow is a short celebratory loop to the beach and around Lac Rose. In order to complete the really each vehicle must complete the last stage under own power. However typically the final stage does not change the standings. Unless someone will be met with the misfortune of suffering catastrophic failure tomorrow we can declare that Victor Rivera will most likely repeat as the three time overall champion! His title was not earned easily as he was challenged to the very end by his surging team mate Antonio Valero and the Intercontinental Rally veteran and always a fierce competitor Julian Merino.
The Trophy Team award will go to Club Aventura Touareg while Tereza Team comes in second and Merino ranked third.
The best female athlete award this years should belong to Pia Steen Petersen who battled with last year’s winner Esther Merino.
The stage did not finish without casualties as the 2012 champ Manuel “Murchi” Garcia and Austrian biker Johann Lehner had to abandon the race due to mechanical failures just few kilometer from the finish line.