PHASE 10: NO LESS DAY, JUST A LITTLE BAD FOR TIM AND TOM CORONEL
The 38th time at the finish is no longer what we are used to from Tim and Tom Coronel in the Dakar 2021. Still, the tenth stage was not a “bad day” for the twins. However, they had a bit of bad luck in the form of a flat tire and they had to drive a little more carefully to prevent even more punctures. “That was a small handicap, but if a flat tire is our biggest problem this week, then I can live with it,” said Tom at the finish of the 342 km long stage.
The stage from Neom to Al-Ula was another one of beautiful canyons and vast plains. The first means “stones”, the second means “dust”. And those two ingredients made it a lesser day for Tim and Tom Coronel in terms of results.
The flat tire was indirectly caused by the again refusing tire pressure system. It was therefore not possible to set the rear tires harder or softer from the car. “At the start we put the tires at 1.3 bar, but that was far too little on the stones, so we had a flat,” says Tom. “The spare tire was at a good 2 bar, which was just a bit too much, so we had to drive carefully, because we only had one spare tire left.”
At the neutralization at 204 kilometers in the stage – where the participants had to travel 30 kilometers on the asphalt and had a mandatory stop – Tim and Tom were able to get new spare tires and put the tires on the correct pressure. At 1.8, 1.9. That was enough. ”
In the first part of the stage, The Beast was stuck in the dust of the trucks a few times. “A Kamaz in particular”, says Tom. “When it comes by – and they were just faster on that part – you don’t see anything at all. Then you have to get rid of the gas, otherwise accidents will happen. We saw two cars on the road that were as flat as a dime. ” In the second part of the stage, however, Tim and Tom had it on their own. “All alone”, says Tim. “We drove in our own bubble, but that also meant that we had to navigate all by ourselves. Tom was spot on again and we were able to correct small mistakes quickly. ”
Tom: “I was late once. There were some nice tricks in the navigation, those nasty guts. ” All in all, Tim and Tom are quite satisfied, despite the somewhat lesser result, which resulted in them losing four places in the rankings. “Sporty that is a shame”, says Tim, “but it was a nice day and I think we managed it well. There are two more exciting days ahead. ” Tom is a bit dreading tomorrow’s stage, the longest stage of this Dakar. “I heard it took them two days to turn it off. I think it will be a tough day. ”