Yesterdayâ€™s stage was a fight to the finish for all competitors. Especially the trucks had a rough time. A lot of them came not much further then CP2. Yesterday, Edwin told us that the where stopped at CP2. Originally, they had 800 litres of...
Yesterday’s stage was a fight to the finish for all competitors. Especially the trucks had a rough time. A lot of them came not much further then CP2. Yesterday, Edwin told us that the where stopped at CP2. Originally, they had 800 litres of fuel at the start of the stage, at CP2 and over 400 kms further, they had only 100 litres left for the last 230 kms. This meant that the team stayed at CP2 overnight, together with 40 (!) other trucks with the same problem.
At this moment we know that today’s stage has been cancelled by the organisation. At this time, 31 trucks arrived in the bivouac. These trucks are placed in the overall result. I presume the 40 trucks have got fuel, and are now on their way to todays finish place (Tidjikja), to be able to start stage 9 tomorrow. We are afraid a top position is not possible any more...
This afternoon, we called Edwin van Ginkel to get the latest news. They left for the finish with the fuel they had left. The GINAF came no further then 80 kms past CP2. Now the fuel tank is really empty. Anyone would think that 800 litres of petrol should be enough for 600 kms, but... apparently not.
At 15.00 h an organisation car passed. The team gave them their exact GPS position, and they promised to send somebody with fuel. Edwin will call us again when the fuel is arrived. We’ll keep you informed...
At 18.00 h - We just received the following SMS message from Edwin: GRP live from the desert. We are driving again! We bought 200 litres of petrol from the truck which delivers fuel to the helicopters. Now, we hope we can (and are allowed to) continue the rally!
At 22.30 h - Ginaf Rally Power has finished! At 22.30 h, Edwin called to let us know they had finished. They will now drive directly to Tidjikja, where they will start stage 9.
Normally spoken, it is a 6 hour drive from Tichit to Tidjikja. According to the messages on the website of the organisation, the participants who are in Tidjikja before 12.38 h GMT, can start the next stage, so this should be no problem.
We are starting stage 9 as 38th at 11.47 h. As far as can be seen, they where the 38th truck to come in.