The edition of the Dakar 2016 has started in an unusual way…. After the prologue, the first full stage of the event has been cancelled due to bad weather. You might say, it is off roading not football… It is off roading, but it is rally raid not Croatia Trophy! According to statements of the organization, the rain has flooded the stage from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz.
Sunday weather was expected to be poor, but the storm was heavier than expected. Some parts of the stage were turned into torrents of water. First special stage was treated as an untimed sections, motorbikes and ATVs travel in convoys, cars alone and the trucks will reach Villa Carlos Paz via a road reserved for assistance vehicles.
The Dakar 2016 almost claimed its first victims. Chinese Dakar debutant Guo Meiling went off the road in his X-Raid Mini and injured four spectators. Four medical helicopters, three emergency vehicles belonging to the organizer and eight local ambulances arrived to the scene immediately.
There’s a surprise in overall standings. Bernhard Ten Brinke is leading the pack in Overdrive Toyota. Axion X-Raid Minies aren’t really doing the best job, they took 4th, 6th and 7th place respectively. Carlos Sainz is 2nd in his (obviously) improved Peugeot Total. PHOTOS by Dakar Rally FB page