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Dakar 2017: Belarusian crew into top six

The Belarusian crew of Alexander Vasilevsky has shown 10th best time at the 11th stage of the rally Dakar rising to sixth place in the overall standings.

The penultimate special stage with a length of about 300km included both dunes and high-speed sections. The best Belarusian crew was the one of Alexander Vasilevsky, who spent on it 4 hours and 25 minutes, and thus got into the top ten. The winner was KamAZ's Eduard Nikolaev, who surpassed the Belarusians by almost 29 minutes.

In the overall standings, Alexander Vasilevsky has climbed to sixth place and now loses 2 hours 32 minutes to the leader of the standings - Eduard Nikolaev.

Second in the standings is Dmitry Sotnikov, while third is the Dutchman Gerard de Rooy on Iveco.

Sergei Vyazovich's MAZ crew were 18th. The crew of Alexey Vishnevsky passed special stage in 5 hours 23 minutes, taking 16th place. In the overall classification, Vyazovich's crew are 13th, while the one of Vishnevsky is 19th.

This is sixth Dakar for MAZ trucks. The rally-raid takes place from 2 to 14 January in three countries - Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. The length of the route is about 9,000 km, with grueling mountain passes, winding roads dangerous, treacherous sands and dunes among the main challenges. More than 50 crews are taking part in the truck class races. The main competitors of Belarusian MAZ are KamAZ, Iveco, MAN, Renault and Tatra.

Dakar 2017: Belarusian crew into top six