Dakar: Ronn Bailey Motorsports stage three report

Ronn Bailey and Kevin Heath's much hoped for trouble-free run again failed to materialise today with the buggy crew once more breaking down on the piste (gravelled road). Nevertheless they have just made it into the bivouac and are now able to...

Ronn Bailey and Kevin Heath's much hoped for trouble-free run again failed to materialise today with the buggy crew once more breaking down on the piste (gravelled road). Nevertheless they have just made it into the bivouac and are now able to hand over their vehicle to their mechanics for a thorough overhaul.

Ronn Bailey

"We were going really well early on in the special and must have overtaken 40 competitors. And then just when we thought we were at last going to have a clear run the belt that drives the power steering and a whole bunch of other stuff broke. The problem was that our buggy is mid-engined and where we needed to get to, to fix the problem, was right behind the firewall. In all it took us over one-and-a-half hours to restart and all the competitors we'd overtaken came right back past us again. It meant we ended up stuck in everybody's dust all the way to the end of the special.

Never mind -- as I keep telling myself -- and anyone else who will listen -- we are here to finish and we are still on target for Lac Rose."

Tomorrow is going to be no picnic for Ronn and Kevin, with a 679 km stage from Er Rachidia to Quarzazate including 20 or so kilometres of sand dunes.

-credit: rbm

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Series Dakar
Drivers Ronn Bailey , Kevin Heath