Dakar: X-raid BMW stage three report

Good Bye Europe - Hello Africa As a last 'good-bye' to Europe the competitors of the Dakar 2005 today had to tackle a 10km special stage - just outside Granada - before the crossover to Africa. After the 920km liaison of yesterday, today the ...

Good Bye Europe - Hello Africa

As a last 'good-bye' to Europe the competitors of the Dakar 2005 today had to tackle a 10km special stage - just outside Granada - before the crossover to Africa. After the 920km liaison of yesterday, today the competitors faced a dirty track in Armilla. A lot of dust made it hard for the following drivers to fight the right way through, but both X-Raid pilots drove mindfully, knowing that this is only a foretaste for coming challenges. Nasser Saleh Al Atttiyah and José Luis Monterde did a well job in their BMW X5's. Nasser Al Attiyah finished on 9th place, 26 seconds behind stage winner Colin McRae, and José Luis Monterde was placed 18th with a gap less than a minute to McRae.

Tomorrow the caravan has to complete 666 kilometres, from Rabat to Agadir. After a short liaison (122 km) the competitors will be taken to the start of the first African special stage which is 123 kilometres long. The route is mostly new and in the first part, marked out through an undulating cork oak forest where take over manoeuvres are not easy to gain, Rally specialists can bring their driving skills to full use. Afterwards there are many changes in direction, and some tricky navigation has to be solved as the landscape is sorely lacking in landmarks. Before reaching Agadir, 430 km of liaison must be covered at least.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Colin McRae , Jose Luis Monterde