Dakar Stage 2 Complete "Bivouac Sets Sail from Malaga to Nador to for Stage 3" Stage 2 of the Dakar took the driver over a course featuring two liaisons (paved roads which leads to and from the off-road, time trial portion of the course) and one...
Dakar Stage 2 Complete
"Bivouac Sets Sail from Malaga to Nador to for Stage 3"
Stage 2 of the Dakar took the driver over a course featuring two liaisons (paved roads which leads to and from the off-road, time trial portion of the course) and one special (off-road terrain) of 115 kilometers. In total the Stage 2 course was over 567 kilometers. The off-road special featured mountainous terrain similar to Pikes Peak in Colorado.
Weather conditions were superb with sunny skies. The roads still muddy from previous days of rain were not near the factor they were in Stage 1. The terrain was hilly with tight turns and shear drops on the outside of the turns. Bailey's strategy for the day was to slow down to avoid driving mishaps that cost him time on Stage 1 and put the car at risk.
The off-road terrain took Bailey and Navigator Herve Cotel 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 50 seconds to complete. The car sustained damage to the suspension system. The failure made the car unstable on turns and the suspension would bottom out on uneven road conditions. According to Bailey, "It forced me to slow down more than I had planned. I also lost my distance reading on my trip master, which is used to help navigate the course. Fortunately I was able to navigate visually. It would have been a big problem had we had been out in the open desert. The two failures hurt our standings. I'm a little disappointed. The special in Stage 3 is in Morocco which is similar to the Baja where I train, I am hopeful that I can improve our performance. It was a long day. We arrived at the docks in Malaga just 60 seconds before our deadline."
From Malaga the Dakar drivers with be ferried to Nador where Stage 3 begins.