Pato Silva and his odyssey with the Dakarian giant

The Chaco's first experience with a Dakar truck was full of problems.

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The enthusiasm of Juan Manuel Silva placeholder image for running the rally Dakar Rally on a truck was phenomenal before the competition, which takes place in Saudi Arabia, get going. Although he had performed only one test on the gigantic MAN eight-tonne was confident of reaching the end of the race regardless of the position.

The first stages were passed without problems. However, by averaging the first week of competition a fault took power out of the engine, something that forced the Duck to make decisions with the consequent loss of time: without the possibility of climbing the dunes, he had to go around them.

Juan Manuel Silva placeholder imageThe Chaco, accompanied by the also Argentine Carlos Mel Banfi and Spanish Pau Navarro At just 17 years old, he made it his first goal to get to rest day and he did. That parenthesis gave him plenty of time to try to find that nagging problem. In despair up to him took to a MAN dealer in Riyadh, although they could do nothing.

It was thus that the Duck himself got down to work making use of his mechanical knowledge. With the help of one of the team's mechanics Riwald They found a bare wire that by rubbing the cylinder head of the engine prevented it from delivering all its power.

With this problem resolved, Silva faced the second part of the demanding test with a different face, but the Dakar is the Dakar ... On stage 7, the next day of rest, a failure in the injection pump electrical system He left it lying in the middle of the Saudi desert and forced the crew, who until that moment had been marching 25th overall, to spend the night there, with all that that means during the winter in that part of the world.

Without the possibility of solving the damage, Silva did what no pilot wants to do: call the organization to be rescued, something that inevitably ends in the abandonment of the race.

The Duck arrived very late last night at the camp of Wadi Ad Dawasir, where he finished the eighth stage that he could not complete and where the ninth special begins and ends. He has the possibility of re-enlisting and reaching Jeddah, already out of the classification, although he has not yet communicated such a decision.


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Diego durruty

Journalist with 32 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, teammate y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He is currently the director of the portals y, host the podcast motorbit and the magazine Two Daring Guys (Campeones Radio, Radio Arroba and Spotify). In addition, he is a columnist in WorldSport (AM 570) and teacher in SPORTS.

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