Dakar: Inventor Racing update 2005-01-07

Service car out of order 2005-01-06 Yesterday night was a disaster for the service team. The entire frame of the service car collapsed. They had to spend the night in the desert, supervised by local military since there are risks of being ambushed...

Service car out of order 2005-01-06
Yesterday night was a disaster for the service team. The entire frame of the service car collapsed. They had to spend the night in the desert, supervised by local military since there are risks of being ambushed by robbers.

Now, they are trying to perform a temporary welding in order to slowly get to Atar. From there it is asphalt roads. In this moment, nobody in the team knows whether the service team are allowed to continue within the race or not. If they are not, the race car will have to continue without help from the service mechanics.

The race car is however still in the race, departed at 11.33 am today. Todays special is the longest with its 660 km.

Update: 2005-01-07
Yesterdays special was a tough one. The wheather conditions was not good and many competitiors had to cancel. But we managed to make it, and our standing for stage 7 was nr 36. This gives us an overall standing on position 38 with a total time of 31h31'40".

Due to the weather situation, the organisation has decided to cancel todays stage (8). We are therefore going to Tidjikja in liaison.

We will get back with information about the service team as soon as we have the possibility.

Service team in Atar
The service team has had some tough days trying to restore the service car. On Wednesday the service car frame broke down and they had to empty the car from all its equipment and spare parts and managed to send those things in a truck headed to Atar.

They spent four nights and days in the desert repairing the frame and, as the last vehicle in the rally, they drove to the checkpoint not knowing whether they are allowed to stay within the rally or not. (As well as the race cars, the service cars has to reach their checkpoints within a time limit in order to be allowed to continue).

Finally today, after days with not much of food, they did all happily reach the bivouac in Atar. Here, they can stay for some days since tomorrow is the rest day for all participants.

The reason for the frame breakdown, is probably the fact that the service car has been too heavily loaded for too many times so the material has simply became worn-out.

The race car with Ivan and Niels are right now out on the 9th stage, departed at 10.30 am today.

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