Dakar Stage 3 Complete "Nador to Er-Rachidia Over" Stage 3 of the Dakar took the drivers over the Moroccan mountains between Nador and Er-Rachidia. The course featured two liaisons and one long special of 314 kilometers. Known for its stony...
Dakar Stage 3 Complete
"Nador to Er-Rachidia Over"
Stage 3 of the Dakar took the drivers over the Moroccan mountains between Nador and Er-Rachidia. The course featured two liaisons and one long special of 314 kilometers. Known for its stony track, the route will have to be navigated by the teams without the help of GPS this year.
At 314 kilometers, today's special tested the endurance of both car and drivers. Philippe Gache improved his standing by 5 positions, while the remaining members of Team Vanguard lost ground. The rugged special (the off-road portion) took Bailey and Cotel over 7 hours and 55 minutes to complete. It is unclear whether equipment failures played a role in their times, but delays at checkpoint 2 could be observed from ASO's real-time tracking system. The pair departed Nador at approximately 8:30 GMT but didn't arrive in Er-Rachidia until 22:00 hours, a grueling journey by anyone's standard. Kevin Heath also had a lengthy delay at checkpoint 2. At the time of this update, his arrival at Er Rachidia had not been recorded by ASO's tracking system. Check back tomorrow for Mr. Heath's status.
Tomorrow's Stage 4 course runs from Er-Rachidia to Quarzazate with another long off-road special of 386 kilometers. Considered to be the most varied special of Dakar, tomorrow's course will lead the drivers to their first sand dunes. Navigators will be tested on how well they read the road book as landmarks will be hard to discern.