Buenos Aires, January 4, 2016
Stage 2: Villa Carlos Paz – Termas Rio Hondo
Special Stage: 510km – Road connection: 337km – Total: 847km
After the rains last night and the drizzle this morning, the competitors of the Dakar 2016 started Stage 2, shortened at CP4. The route was quite spectacular with a dirt track, fast trails, a mountain pass and a relatively simple navigation. But this first competitive stage had to be spiced up and the mud was also part of the program!
Arrived to the bivouac of Rio Hondo, where the high temperatures and humidity are intolerable, the night falls and the thermometer is close to 35 degrees Celsius…
Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella N.389 (54th in 4h42’22): “Everything worked great besides the last 20km behind a car that didn’t let us take him over. We were forced to stay behind the dust. We crossed a ford full of mud which totally covered the car, but we were able to avoid the quagmire.
The race was long, but I take things calmly and the Polaris RZR 1000 XT+30 works awesome!”
Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 (63th in 4h49’01): “It was a beautiful special stage. Eugenio drove well – explains Rafael Tornabell with his face covered in mud at the bivouac’s arrival- and he had fun in the fast tracks. He had a good pace for this kind of race and also the proper physical condition. While hitting a rut, we ended up on the side, but nothing bad. We also avoided the mud.”
Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 (83th in 5h20’10): “It was a beautiful special stage that seemed like what we had in Dos Sertoes. After half of the timed section, I started to feel more confident and more comfortable. Also, I am very happy with my navigator, Lourival, who has lots of experience. And luckily, thanks to someone that pointed us in the right direction, we avoided the mud pool.”
Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 (89th in 5h36’32): “This first stage, I thought it was rather long. I also discovered that driving in the water and the mud is not as easy. The special was beautiful but winding and narrow between rocks sometimes. This morning, because of the rain, I felt temperatures were more bearable than in the special stage it was really hot. The RZR worked great but we lost the hood twice and Ka Chun had to run to get it! Tomorrow, it seems that we will have another hot day…”