Botterill pushes things into the red


Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings were the fastest among the Toyota Gazoo Racing participants in the ninth stage of the Dakar off-road rally in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The two South Africans finished the stage in fifth place, ten minutes behind Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin.

“Yes, we had a good run and Brett kept us on track excellently. We were driving on flat rocks and it was very difficult to follow the road,” said Botterill.

“Still, we tried to push things a bit into the red and I think we maintained a good speed. The vehicle was excellent and we are very satisfied.”

Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon finished the stage in seventh place, but they occupy third place on the overall time ladder.

According to Moraes, at one stage they lost their way.

“We lost about eight minutes to get back on track; it was almost a complicated story for you. However, we have no reason to complain: We are in third place overall and the vehicle is still in one piece.”

Giniel de Villiers and Brett Cummings had to settle for 23rd place in the stage.

Results (ninth shift):

  1. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin (Bahrain Raid Xtreme): 04:17:33
  2. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Team Audi Sport): 04:21:47
  3. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minaudier (Century Racing): 04:22:16
  4. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri (Overdrive Racing): 04:27:25
  5. Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 04:27:34
  6. Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger (Team Audi Sport): 04:28:07
  7. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 04:28:36
  8. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist (Team Audi Sport): 04:31:41
  9. Romain Dumas and Max Delfino (Rebellion Racing): 04:31:51
  10. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka (Orlen Jipocar): 04:33:12

Overall timing:

  1. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz: 37:50:57
  2. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin: 38:11:30
  3. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon: 39:02:59
  4. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri: 39:30:53
  5. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minaudier: 39:54:41
  6. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq: 40:03:40
  7. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka: 40:03:45
  8. Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy: 40:06:09
  9. Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings: 40:20:48
  10. Benediktas Vanagas and Kuldar Sikk: 40:50:32