KH7 Epsilon ITT Team Dakar Champions 2019
The KH-7 Epsilon ITT Team has performed the miracle in the Dakar 2019 and has been placed on the podium in Lima 48 hours after having capsized in the final straight of the eighth stage. After a whole day working to lift the popular MAN 6x6 and take it out of the bottom of the pot where it had fallen, Jordi Juvanteny, José Luis Criado and Xavi Domènech arrived at the end of the special on Wednesday night.
There, the organization surprised them with the news that they were still in the race. "We finished the stage after removing the truck and the commissaries gave us an order and an exit time for the stage on Thursday, the last one, so we were still in the race," explained co-pilot José Luis Criado euphoric, for whom this anecdote He will surely occupy a prominent place in the experiences of his 29 Dakar disputes. "We have finished with a lot of emotion, with a lot of effort, with a lot of anguish and with a lot of hardness. When we arrived, he did not believe that we could be here, "he summarized.
"Thanks to all the Epsilon team we have been able to make this race that has been hard, intense, with many nerves and a lot of tension", said Jordi Juvanteny, who has had the pleasure of crossing the finish line of his 27th Dakar at the end of the race. The last special of 112 kilometers, after not being able to do it last year. On the other hand, the debutant Xavier Domènech experienced first-hand the multiple emotional ups and downs of the hardest raid in the world. "From what everyone says, I've had the good fortune to do a real Masters in Dakar; I feel very happy, "he commented.
The organization has reinstated the KH-7 Epsilon Team in the classification, in which they have occupied the 12th absolute final position despite the penalty hours for not having played the ninth stage. They have also recovered the first place in Production and 6x6, a reward for the honour, solidarity and rhythm shown by the " Dakar’s St. Bernbard ", who in the prior stages to their incident had not hesitated to assist the other participants. For Juvanteny and Criado it was the second triumph among the series trucks and the 14th among the three-axis monsters, and the first in both categories for Domènech in his debut.
Who was going to tell the KH-7 Epsilon Team as they tried to unearth the truck on Tuesday night! This is the Dakar: cruel, hard ... but also magical.