ZAMBIA's flag bearer at the ongoing Dakar Rally 2013, David Reeve, on Saturday gained one more slot to grab 37th position overall in the motorcycle category after stage eight held in Salta, Argentina.
According to information from his team, Reeve also gained time on most of the competitors in his category to build up on Friday's performance in Calama, Chile when he soared from 39th to 38th position.
His team, that also oversees three South African riders and one Namibian, said there was no serious damage done to the placings of any of its five riders even though stage placings were turned upside down.
"Despite the shambles and the fact that David lost some places in the stage, he has had a very good day. He has made up time on everyone in his sights except for the stunning Ms (Laia) Sanz," reads a statement from the team.
Reeve's team members are South Africans Darryl Curtis, Riaan van Niekerk (both KTMs) and Brett Cummings (Honda) and Namibian Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM).
The Mazabuka-based rider's overall time after stage eight now stands at 22 hours, 38 minutes and 32 seconds which is quicker than Cummings and Waldschmidt's overall times but slower than the times posted by Curtis and Van Niekerk.
The 15-day championship resumes today with stage nine to be run in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina after competitiors took a day off yesterday from the gruelling championship that started on January 5.