Marek Goczał wins the next stage of the Dakar Rally. Poles again in the main roles

This is the third stage victory of Marek Goczała, and, counting the prologue, the fourth in this rally. However, due to the hourly loss suffered on the second day, the elder of the Goczała brothers is fifth in the general classification. On Monday, his losses to US leaders Austin Jones and Brazilian Gustavo Gugelmina narrowed to 33 minutes.

In turn, Michał Goczał, after three slightly weaker stages, was again on the podium. He was 2.48 slower than his brother. But he is driving very evenly and is third in the overall standings (14.49 behind the leader).

The Aron Domżała team – Maciej Marton, took sixth place on Monday. The day before, she had the best time, but after a few hours, she was fined two minutes for speeding and eventually fell to second place. Michał Goczał scored 15 penalty minutes, which cost him a drop from second to third place in the general classification. If it were not for this, he would be the leader after the eighth stage.

The eighth stage was successful for the Poles. Mini Jakub Przygoński advanced from fifth to fourth place in the general classification, and Kamil Wiśniewski, who was driving the quad, advanced from fourth to third. Maciej Giemza (Husqvarna) and Konrad Dąbrowski (KTM) presented an equal form.

Examples from the last few days show that the results may change even several hours after the end of a special stage. The most common reasons for the penalties are exceeding the speed limit and omitting the time control point.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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