ALDO Racing Stage 6 report at the halfway point of the 2015 Dakar
Montreal - A great day for the Canadian ALDO Racing Team which finished 27th overall in Stage 6 of the 2015 Dakar rally, their best stage finish in this rally so far. Stage 6 performance resulted in a jump from 42nd to 37th place in the provisional overall rally standing for ALDO Racing.
Starting 37th on the day, the ALDO team had an early start from Antofagasta for a 274 km liaison that took Canadians David Bensadoun and Patrick Beaulé to the starting point of the first special section of the 277-kilometre Stage 6. They completed the 69 km section 37th overall in the car class.
Everything went well today, except for a small incident where we ripped a rear fender off the Toyota.
Following a short 26 km neutralisation stage after which they split the cars from the motorcycles, Bensadoun and Beaulé proceeded for 182 kilometres of special stages. At the second checkpoint, they were 34th, then up to 28th at checkpoint 5.
At checkpoint seven of eight, they had slipped two spots to 30th overall on the day. At the last checkpoint of Day 6, they crossed the finish line in 28th place. Their day ended with a short 48 km liaison towards the city of Iquique, where fans were awaiting all competitors for a mid-point rally finish podium.
"We feel pretty good after this short day of competition," said Patrick Beaulé over the phone. "Everything went well today, except for a small incident where we ripped a rear fender off the Toyota. It was at that point that we lost a couple of positions.
Fortunately for us, we were able to get back those two spots on the next section. As soon as we arrive in Iquique, the ALDO team of mechanics will strip down the Toyota to check every nut and bolt, so that we get a near perfect vehicle for the marathon stage."
ALDO Racing finish position in Stage 6: 27th
ALDO Racing provisional overall standings after Stage 6: 37th
Saturday, ALDO Racing will embark on the marathon stage, a return trip from Iquique, Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia where on the first night, they, as well as all competitors, will be on their own with no mechanical assistance from their crew. Two crucial days in order to survive the 2015 Dakar.
"There was a lot of talk in the bivouac back in Buenos Aires regarding the high elevations during the marathon stage. A Bolivian friend, Ernersto Eterovic from team #411, told us that we could have a difficult time to sleep in Uyuni. So just in case, we bought oxygen bottles before we left Buenos Aires to help us sleep in the mountains," Beaulé concluded.