11 January 2013

Zambia: Reeve Improves At Dakar Rally

ZAMBIA'S top rider David Reeve moved up to sixth in the rookie standings and 40th overall after the fifth stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Peru on Wednesday.

Despite a fall on a hill during the 136-kilometre race where Frenchman Olivier Pain became the first rider to hold on to the overall lead, Reeve was not undaunted and kept his composure to finish 40th from 44th after Stage Four.

The Mazabuka farmer, the first Zambian to enter the Dakar Rally and claim 16 local off-road titles, stood at 13:37.24 hours, 01:14.34 hours behind the rookies leader, Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa.

Overall Niekerk was 19th in the motor bike competition where the French duo of Pain and David Casteu are dominant.

In the first stage, Reeve was 172 but improved to 69th in the second and later in Stage Three shot to 53rd.

The Dakar Rally will see the riders and drivers race in Peru, Argentina and Chile in one of the tough off-road competitions in the world.

The long sixth stage yesterday was the first in Chile, with riders heading into the Atacama Desert.

And the AFP reports that two people were killed and seven others were injured in a head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a taxi near Peru's border with Chile, race organisers said yesterday.

The collision came after the fifth stage of the race from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. The 8 400kilometre event is being staged in South America with 459 vehicles.

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