Fox Shox Equipped Racers Dominate at Dakar

Jean-Louis Schlesser in his # 310 FOX Racing Shox / BFGoodrich Tires Super Buggy drove to third place in the 29th Euromilhoes Dakar Rally. On the way to his third place he won 2 stages, placed 2nd in the longest stage of the event and placed 5th in 2 stages. Schlesser uses both 3.0 and 3.5 By-Pass shocks on his 2WD Buggy. Hans Stacey won the truck division with a commanding 3:10:52 lead over second place. Stacey dominated the truck race by winning 5 stages and placing 2nd in 4 stages. Stacey’s truck is equipped with (2) 3.0 By-Pass shocks per corner of his massive truck. 4-Grip made modifications to Stacey’s shocks to fit the massive truck.

FOX Racing Shox’ John Marking, VP of Off-Road visited the Dakar and relates his experience. “It was a good trip. The Dakar is quite different from our style of Desert Racing. The language barrier was a bit of a handicap, but that is part of the challenge.

The 2007 Euromilhoes Dakar Rally started in Lisbon, Portugal on January 6 and ended in Dakar, Senegal on January 21. The race route was 7,915 kilometers and traveled thru Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Senegal.

SCHLESSER’S RACE DETAILS:

STAGE RACES:

Winner Stage 4 • Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate, 7:52 ahead of 2nd (Sousa)
2nd Place Stage 6 • Tan Tan to Zouerat, only 17 seconds behind 1st (Gordon)
Winner Stage 9 • Tichit to Nema, 13 seconds ahead of 2nd (Alphand)
5th Place Stage 13 • Kayes to Tambacounda, 5:11 behind 1st (Sainz)
5th Place Stage 15 • Dakar to Dakar, 43 seconds behind 1st (DeVilliers)

OVERAll:
Winner Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi • 45:53:37
2nd Place Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi • 46:01:03
3rd Place Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) • 47:27:34

STACEY’S RACE DETAILS:

STAGE RACES:
2nd Place Stage 1 • Lisbon to Portimao, 20 seconds behind 1st (DeRooy)
2nd Place Stage 4 • Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate, 12:55 behind behind 1st (Chagin)
Winner Stage 5 • Ouarzazate to Tan Tan, 3:51 ahead of 2nd (DeRooy)
Winner Stage 6 • Tan Tan to Zouerat, 14:07 ahead of 2nd (DeRooy)
Winner Stage 7 • Zouerat to Atar, 26:52 ahead of 2nd (Jacquot)
Winner Stage 8 • Atar to Tichit, 40:08 ahead of 2nd (Mardeev)
2nd Place Stage 9 • Tichit to Nema, 12:28 behind 1st (VanGinkel)
Winner Stage 12 • Ayoun-Kayes, 4:53 ahead of 2nd (Tomecek)
2nd Place Stage 13 • Kayes to Tambacounda, 3:25 behind 1st (Loprais)

OVERAll:
Winner Stacey (Holland) Man • 54:03:05
2nd Place Mardeev (Russia) Kamaz • 57:13:57
3rd Place Loprais (Czech Republic) Tatra • 58:48:35 JEAN-LOuiS ScHLESS
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