After the end of stage 8, Mogno and Drulhon (Landcruiser) remain in the lead in the Classic Dakar. In the standings, the duo Euvrard-Euvrard (Mercedes) follow in second on 67 points. The trio of Celma Obiols, Ribas, Toral (Mercedes) has moved up to third place, leading by the trucks.
Tom De Leeuw, Cédric Feryn and Bjorn Burgelman (Mercedes) dropped one place compared to Sunday, from five to six. They are still second truck, but the gap with their competitor has risen to 168 penalty points. Dirk Van Rompuy and Jean-Marie Lurquin (Toyota) have moved up to seventh place.
Koen Wauters and Pascal Feryn (Toyota) also move up, from sixteen to thirteen. “It was a fantastic day”, said Wauters afterwards. “The organization sent us through wonderful landscapes. We really enjoyed every meter in the sand. Today there were also the first dunes, albeit not in the form of an RT. It was great to ride in the dunes again after so many years. That feeling is and remains very special. And our car is ideal for the dunes. Stage 8 was a good one. Our average number of penalty points is between 20 and 50. One day a little more, the next a little less. But that average pays off. Today we move up to place thirteen. If we keep doing this, we won’t go down. Our progress is also due to other participants having technical problems. But, that also belongs to the Dakar. We are happy and tired.”
Erik and Tom Claeys (Toyota) dropped four places, from 25 to 29. Amy Lennert and Sara Carmen Bossaert (Porsche) fell from 17th to 45th place. Rene Declercq and John Demeester (Bombardier) moved up to 62nd place. Michel Teerlinck and Patrick Lammens (Toyota) advanced to 66th place. Two days ago they were still 92nd. Diego Delespeaux and Bertrand Droupsy (Volkswagen) closed the list of Classic Belgians in 68th place. (Belgian)