ATAR, Mauritania - Brazilians Klever Kolberg and Rouldan Lourival.will lead the four surviving Mitsubishi Ralliart crews into the Atar loop stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday. Kolberg holds 44th in the overall standings.
Russian Alexey Berkut and Anton Nikolaev hold 53rd position, the French duo of Dominique Housieaux and Loic Fagot are 67th and Poland’s Krzysztof Holowczyc and Belgian co-driver Jean-Marc Fortin are classified in 76th overall.
Dutchman Toni van Deijne and co-driver Francisco van Deijne arrived at the bivouac late on Saturday evening after a catalogue of problems. "What could go wrong went wrong," said van Deijne, who had spent several hours extracting his Mitsubishi from the sand. "We tried to get out of the first sand hole and then we damaged the hydraulic jack. Then I began to panic, because I was losing time and we got stuck again. I was convinced that the car was running in two-wheel drive, but the assistance truck arrived and they assured me that all was okay with the car. I feel a little down, because I began the stage into Atar as the leading Ralliart car."Published 10 January 2005