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The second stage - Sand, nothing but sand

Sunday, 6 January 2013: Pisco – Pisco
The connecting section:
85 km
The speed trial: 242 km

More than 25 per cent of racers start on the Dakar Rally 2013 for the first time like every year. At this stage they will immerse in the sandy surroundings and they will meet dunes. The initial efforts will allow them to test the readiness of the difficult technique of driving and experience “the pleasure” of digging machines from sand. For some of them it will be the first time about the engine overheats. During this stage, where is only sand, even minor wounds will not stop most riders and navigators so they will enjoy the beautiful scenery. Because the view will often border on perfection.


We found Karel Loprais on the afternoon walk with his ridgeback dog that reminds him his beloved Africa wherefrom comes this race. To the question how does he see it, answer with his typical smile that is cloudy and wind doesn’t blow. But then he said that he’s satisfied with the third place of the crew number 503. The simplified the evaluation of the stage but he grasped the essentials: “Finery!”


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He did not react much to the fact that the car is the heaviest of the first fifteen cars. He said that is not entirely relevant for the outcome. The experienced pilot can have a good time even with an older car when he goes into it as necessary. But today’s second stage which will be held in the dunes he finds  substantial. It will divide more the field for sure. It will not be easy even this year, because the first stage showed how small the time differences will be. For example, eight trucks finished in the same minute with extremely small differences between their final time. It should be an advantage for those experienced drivers, but the traps may get everyone. He also mentioned how many times they held the shovel and how much sand they dig.


Then we talked about how he honestly tracks his steps and how he watches those numbers, so as the whole Dakar crew. He got interested in the partner project eVito, because he likes the health style of life and this fast time makes it in his opinion more difficult.


Recently the czech TV broadcasted the show “A message from Karel Loprais”. You can watch this interview by clicking right on this link:



As always and completely in harmony with subtitle of this show, Karel Loprais said, that it will be necessary to have a lot of luck, to focus on our own race and also to accept the fact, that it will need a lot of an effort of the crew.


We will deliver you another interview and opinions of Karel and we hope they will be as interesting as for us, who have the possibility to talk to him personally.

Aleš Loprais

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