One of the first stage leaders Vaidotas Zala probably finished his journey in Dakar 2021.
“We were going very well as much as I can. I thought we must go fast. Paulo Fiuza worked very well. We felt very comfortable.
I thought everything will be fine. But when left 100km, I felt that something is wrong with a clutch or transmission. Later, I recognized that it is a problem with a clutch. I saw these kind of problems in my life.
We stopped when 20 km left. We were waiting for 30 minutes next car which could help to us. When Benediktas Vanagas came and he helped to us.
I think it’s something wrong with the engine, because disappeared oil pressure.
At least we know how much we can do now and we will come back.
A hope dies last.”, said V. Zala.