Rally Dos Sertoes 2013

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  1. VDG

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    Superstitious Pole asks for a kick in the butt before each stage

    Por Pedro Sibahi | 30/07/2013

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    Polish Racer asks for a kick before the races and does not shave. Photo: Pedro Sibahi / Webventure
    One of the best known figures in the Sertões International Rally is the Pole, Rafal Sonik, quad rider who is a highlight in the category. Besides his skill in the command of his 700 cc Honda TRX, he is also known for being very talkative and a bit eccentric.
    Always walking around with two models at his side and a photographer to register every step, Rafal speaks quickly and effusively when questioned about his impressions of the race. Measuring approximately 1,90 meters height, he has the physique of a bon vivant and a lot of charisma, always speaking confidently.
    Among his peculiarities, the habit of asking for a kick in the butt before starting each stag, stands out, a habit that he has kept every day of the competition
    “Every day someone kicks me to give me good luck. I am totally superstitious, and therefore I also do not shave during the rally, not even on the eve of the race”, Rafal told us.
    Even in the Dakar, race in which he participated four times, coming in third place twice, the only time he shaves is on the rest after the sixth stage, because he doesn’t drive. Questioned if he had any other superstitions, he said yes, but would not tell them.

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    Rafal Sonik walks around the rally accompanied by models and says he is superstitious. Photo: Divulgação
    Despite these peculiar characteristics, Rafal Sonik is a powerful man in Poland, owner of a group of companies called Gemini that carries out big real estate enterprises for multinational corporations like Carrefour and British Petroleum. Furthermore, he is also the owner of two shopping malls in his country.
    Up until the end of the sixth stage, the rider leads in his category with total time of 16h32min43. Apparently, the kicks have worked. <LABEL> </LABEL>
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    As the last 2 stages were Marathon, Cyril made a smart move in conserving his tyres. Resulting in the overall lead today!!

    Cyril remains the man to beat, even on a Yammie. Feeling sorry for all the CD haters out there :cry :rofl

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    Stage 7 - July 31
    PALMAS (TO) - PALMAS (TO)
    Special: 514 km
    TOTAL: 746 km
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    Are they in for the DAKAR?

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    I don't think so. This year Jean Azevedo was the only brazilian rider in the Dakar.
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    The Technical Director of the Sertões International Rally, Eduardo Sachs, comments today’s route (7th stage )

    It will be the longest Special of the rally, in the mythological Jalapão region, known for its sands and scalding heat. There will be a stretch of 100 kilometers of very high speeds, where it will be possible to keep up an average of 200km/h. The route will also have river crossings and some stone slabs, besides ruts that require caution so as not to break the vehicles.
    “It is one of the longest specials in all the Sertões International Rally’s history. Besides being the hardest timed stretch, we begin on farm roads, on gravel of medium and high speed, and, then, we go through locked stretches with heavy trials and a lot of navigation. The racers will cross the Prata River and will reach a road where once again they can get to high speeds. In the end, they will enter a GPS stretch in the Jalapão. The feared sands will be predominant in this stage.”
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    A win for Coma on Stage 7 and a resumption of the overall leadership for Goncalves. Must've been as tough as they said it would be as the time gaps are huge relatively speaking. Not often you see Cyril finishing over 23 minutes back from the lead.
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    Hoourray for Paulo Speedy Gonçalvesh :clap
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    Some gap indeed for those fast stages. Proves me wrong, again :D
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    Just goes to show, it's all about the end goal in rallying. You don't win the rally with one stage but you sure can lose it!
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    Have to wonder if the Yamaha just doesn't have the top end speed of the KTM. It would seem that with 100km of top speed piste that the top end speed would be a big factor.

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    Stage 7 Results - July 31
    1º #1 Marc Coma 5h56min11s
    2º #4 Paulo Gonçalves 5h57min19s
    3º #10 Dário Júlio 6h10min07s
    4º #25 Jean Azevedo 6h11min30s
    5º #13 Ike Klaumann 6h16min19s

    Overall
    1º #4 Paulo Gonçalves 21h37min39s
    2º #5 Cyril Després +17min08s
    3º #1 Marc Coma +32min33s
    4º #10 Dário Júlio +41min24s
    5º #13 Ike Klaumann +49min38
    6º #25 Jean Azevedo +51min44s
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    The man is good and love or hate, he does the job.

    I am glad to see the mix of hardware now. Becomes a manufacturer race also.

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    Tires after the marathon stage

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    also remember from the 2011 Australian Safari, Cyril is not a fan of flat on the tank balls out high speed stages
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