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BARENDRECHT, Netherlands – Valvoline™, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), announced that its recently introduced Valvoline All-Fleet Extra NextGen SAE 15W-40, ACEA E7-08 engine oil was selected as the engine oil of choice by the Van den Brink Rallysport & Mammoet Rallysport team at the recent 2012 Dakar Rally in South America. The Dutch team, driving in an X 2222 GINAF, finished in 13th position in the truck category at this year’s event, which covered a 9.000 km route from the Atlantic Ocean through the mountains and desert dunes of Argentina, Chile and Peru to the Pacific coast of the continent.

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After days filled of problems and more problems, this was finally a day when there were hickups, but the result was still great a top10 position at 10th and a great motivation for the following day. The hardest part of Dakar is now coming up, the last part everything can still happen. Martin is currently at the 18th position overall

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Dakar 2012 has begun, the first kilomters have been driven and the results of the first stage are in! Valvoline has started Dakar with a great result, finishing 7th and 30th. Here are the first pictures of team arriving and going through the technical inspection. This year the trucks will drive on the latest and most revolutionary Valvoline product NextGen, putting it to the ultimate test in the worlds most extreme rally! Want to learn more about Valvoline NextGen, Click here

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Stage 9 was the longest special stage of the Dakar 2012. Stage 9 was also famous for the big sand dune at the end of the stage in Iquique, where you can go full speed downhill from a huge dune, speeds are reached of up to 200km/h! Again it was a problem free day and it hopefully the first days of suffering and problems are now being rewarded with a good push forward. Martin in Dakar truck #510 finished in 11th position and climbing in the overall standing to the 14th position. Fingers crossed Martin can push forward a little bit more and match the 2011 result. A shock for the trucks competition was of course the crash of number 2 Ales Loprais, the truck was upside down and the whole front axle was missing after the crash, it was on a normal road not during the special stage. There are rumours that say that Ales didn't drive the truck himself during the connection part and that the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

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Day 2 of Dakar started of as a dream, Martin was very quick and passed waypoint1 in second position! The second day of Dakar started of amazing, passing Waypoint 1 in second position. Martin hit a rock and a tire blew. Normally not much of a problem, but the ring holding the tire in place was bend and so they couldn't drive on and had to wait for the quick assistant Martien to come with spare parts It had put them back in 24th position :-(. Lets hope for a better day on day 3.

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