Team of Lionel Baud must be cursed. Baud’s Lancer was involved in an accident during stage 7 of the Dakar Rally 2016, a spectator was killed instantly. The same car was on its way to the port in order to be shipped to Europe. His assistance truck was yesterday involved in a traffic accident and once again, one person was killed instantly, five more injured.
Dakar Rally moved to South America in 2009, this is the fourth fatal traffic accident involving a Dakar (competition or assistance) vehicle. Here’s a bit of unfortunate history. Since 1979, 72 people are known to have died as a result of the Dakar rally. Among the 28 competitor fatalities, 19 were motorcycle related, 6 car related, 1 truck related, and 2 competitors died as a result of local rebel conflict. Among the 42 non-competitor fatalities are those of the race’s founder Thierry Sabine, 14 news journalists and support crew, 23 spectators and 4 children.
Unfortunately, this has become an established practice at the Dakar. Let’s get back to the 2016 event and try to forget about this.
Stage 9 of the Dakar rally 2016 was held yesterday. Due to extreme heat, stage was suspended on control point 2. Everyone was surprised, some even frustrated. Mini boss Sven Quandt says: “The race was suspended to help Peugeot after our winning streak 4 years in a row.”
The race is heating up very fast. Things have changed a lot now. Obviously, there is no more friendship at the Dakar. It’s not just about racing. It has become like any other sport – frustration on a large scale.
Here are the overall results after Stage 9:
- 303 Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz – Peugeot
- 302 Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret – Peugeot
- 300 Nasser Al-Attiyah / Matthieu Baumel – Mini
- 315 Mikko Hirvonen / Michel Perin – Mini
- 301 Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz – Toyota
- 305 Yazzed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gottschald – Toyota
- 319 Leeroy Poulter / Robert Howie – Toyota
- 306 Erik van Loon / Vouter Rosegaar – Mini
- 304 Nani Roma / Alex Haro – Mini
- 321 Cyril Despres / David Castera – Peugeot