Dakar: X-raid BMW rest day report

Rest Day in Atar Today's rest day in Atar brought a lot of work for the mechanics of the X-raid team. José Luis Monterde and co-driver Rafael Tornabell will restart the Dakar rally tomorrow with a recovered BMW X5. Monterde's incident on ...

Rest Day in Atar

Today's rest day in Atar brought a lot of work for the mechanics of the X-raid team.

José Luis Monterde and co-driver Rafael Tornabell will restart the Dakar rally tomorrow with a recovered BMW X5. Monterde's incident on yesterday's stage did not damage his car a lot as it only rolled sideways. Unlike was the crash of Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari came with high speed to a spot with two bumps in a row. The second bump merged in a hole and Al-Attiyah's car had a very hard landing onto its front. As a result the BMW X5 did some somersaults.

Due to the high safety standards within the X-raid cars and the extremly stable roll bar in the BMW's none of the drivers or co-drivers got hurt seriously. After Monterdes car was turned over again he was able to continue the race. Nevertheless, the BMW X5 of Nasser Al-Attiyah was too much damaged and so he had to retire from the 2005 Dakar rally.

In the overall classement José Luis Monterde is ranking on 15th place with a deficit of 9h04:32 on current overall leader Stephane Peterhansel in the Mitsubishi.

Tomorrow the competitors are faced with a loop stage around Atar.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Stéphane Peterhansel , Jose Luis Monterde , Rafael Tornabell , Nasser Al-Attiyah