Poles’ stage victory at the Dakar. There is a chance for a final triumph

Marek Goczał was the fastest, and his brother Michał with a second time – this was the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in the SSV classification. One of the Cobant Energylandia Rally Team crews remains in the fight for victory in the entire event.

Łukasz Kuczera

Łukasz Kuczera

Marek Goczał

Press materials / Energylandia Rally Team / In the photo: Marek Goczał

The specificity of the Dakar Rally is that the verification of times by the judges and adding penalties, for example for exceeding the speed in neutral zones or omitting control points, can turn the results upside down. Michał Goczał found out about it on Sunday, who was second at the finish line of the seventh stage, and after adding 15 minutes, he fell in the classification.

However, if nothing unexpected happens, both Cobant Energylandia Rally Team crews will celebrate on Monday. Marek Goczał turned out to be the fastest on the nearly 400-kilometer stretch, and his brother Michał reached the finish line with the second result and a loss of 2 minutes and 48 seconds.

A glance at the general classification of Dakar in the SSV classification shows how severe the Sunday penalty was for Michał Goczał. Cobant Energylandia Rally Team driver is currently in third place in the rally, 14 minutes and 49 seconds behind leading Austin Jones. Had it not been for the received fines, the Pole would have just been the leader of Dakar.

On Monday, Aron Domżała also showed good results. The Pole, who started Dakar with a strong pace and hope for a final victory, after numerous failures and struggling with eye inflammation, this time reached the finish line with his sixth time. He was a little over 10 minutes slower than Marek Goczał.

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Dakar Rally – SSV – Stage 8 – Results:

Item Player Team Time / waste
1. Marek Goczał Cobant Energylandia Rally Team 4: 36.14
2. Michał Goczał Cobant Energylandia Rally Team +2.48
3. Austin Jones South Racing Can-Am +8.10
4. Gerard Farres Guell South Racing Can-Am +8.15
5. Rokas Baciuska South Racing Can-Am +10.08
6. Aron Domżała South Racing Can-Am +10.20

Dakar Rally – SSV – classification after stage 8:

Item Player Team Time / waste
1. Austin Jones South Racing Can-Am 34: 12.38
2. Gerard Farres Guell Can-Am Factory Racing +6.38
2. Michał Goczał Cobant Energylandia Rally Team +14.49
4. Rokas Baciuska South Racing Can-Am +29.56
5. Marek Goczał Cobant Energylandia Rally Team +33.17
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8. Aron Domżała South Racing Can-Am +6: 33.45

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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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