Dakar: Team Vanguard stage eight report

"Bailey Fast-Tracks Special" The Atar-to-Nouakchott 508 kilometer special took the drivers through spectacular scenery of winding canyons and dry riverbeds. The course terrain permitted the drivers to push their cars to their top speeds...

"Bailey Fast-Tracks Special"

The Atar-to-Nouakchott 508 kilometer special took the drivers through spectacular scenery of winding canyons and dry riverbeds. The course terrain permitted the drivers to push their cars to their top speeds over this easily navigated special. Both Bailey and Gache had an advantage with their high performance buggies.

For those drivers strong enough to make it to the Nouakchott bivouac they arrive to an oasis like setting. The halfway mark for the Dakar is punctuated with a relaxed tone and a time to rest and reflect on the events of the past few days. The drivers drop their edge and seek camaraderie over competition, trading stories of near misses and cherished victories. For these competitors Sunday will be a day of rest. A time to heal and recharge their psyches as they prepare for the second half of Dakar.

"The spirit of the Cheich smiled on me today," states Bailey, as he beams with pride. "We are currently at the 14th position for this stage, I couldn't be happier with the performance of my buggy. If my preliminary standing holds I'm optimistic that I can finish Dakar in the top 50. That would be a Dakar record for an amateur driver you know," concludes Bailey. When pressed, Bailey would not comment further, only indicating that he didn't want to jinx the event--part of the mystique of Dakar and the fortuitous nature of this race of endurance.

Stage 9 will begin Monday January 9th. The course runs from Nouakchott to Kiffa and features a 599 kilometers special, the longest of the Dakar rally. The course is characterized with massive sand dunes over 20 kilometers in length. The dunes punctuate the beginning and ending of the special separated by rocky terrain.

-vanguard-

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