Technical problems stopped Jakub Przygoński. “We looked like MacGyver on tour”

Due to technical problems, Jakub Przygoński only reached the 33rd time on the route of the Tuesday stage of the Dakar Rally. The Orlen Team driver fixed the defect, but lost the podium chance in the event.

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Łukasz Kuczera

Jakub Przygoński

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There are many indications that Jakub Przygoński will not break the curse again this year in the Dakar Rally and will not win a place on the podium. On Monday, the Orlen Team driver was in third place in the “general classification” and he could think about attacking the top three. However, technical problems on the route of the ninth stage thwarted his plans.

Przygoński finished as the 33rd driver in the Dakar competition on Tuesday. This translated into specific time losses and a drop in the rally’s classification to the sixth place. – We broke the gear stick mounting, we couldn’t change them for a long time – said the Polish representative.

Fortunately, Przygoński and the pilot Timo Gottschalk were able to repair their buggies on their own. Thanks to this, the time losses were not even greater than in the case of calling the service team. – Luckily it wasn’t a gearbox and we managed to fix it. At one point we looked like in the MacGyver movie with Timo – added the Polish driver.

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The rider of Orlen Team – Maciej Giemza, who took tenth place on the route of the ninth stage, had reasons to be pleased. – I managed to get a very good result. I was driving fast and kept that pace from start to finish. My loss to the leader was small. I am especially happy because a year ago it was at the 9th stage that I had to withdraw from Dakar – said Giemza.

Kamil Wiśniewski retained the place on the “poodle” in the quad classification. The Polish quad driver won the sixth time on Tuesday. – I am glad that I am at the finish line, because my quad was fighting for survival. At the 80th kilometer there was a fault and the quad went out. I checked the fuses, the fuel pump and the machine somehow started – revealed Wiśniewski.

However, it was not the end of problems for the representative of the Orlen Team. – It seemed to me that the problem had been fixed, but after refueling I had further technical problems with the electronics. This time the quad would not start. I was looking at the harness, wires, fuses. Fortunately, after the computers were overcharged, I went on. It is a pity that this section was short, because it was only at the end that I started to ride my good pace – summed up the quad driver, who is fighting for the historic, first podium in the history of his starts on the Dakar.

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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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