January 9th, 2016
Stage 7: Uyuni (Bolivia) – Salta (Argentina)
Special Stage: 336 km – Road connection: 481 km – Total: 817 km
The Dakar returns to Argentina with a stage of more than 800 km. The special stage was divided in two selective sections: 230 km in Bolivia and another 160 in Argentina, both separated by a neutralized section of 116 km. La Pachamama continues to make things harder for competitors and today, a storm hit the stage, mostly at the beginning of the second part for cars. The first part was the same trace to get to Bolivia, but backwards, while the second one was nice to drive.
The four Xtremeplus Polaris crews completed the stage, but they will not arrive to the bivouac located in Salta before 10 or 11 pm.
Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella N.389 finished in 59th place; Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 is 61st; Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival N.367 takes the 69th place and Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 takes the 77th place.
Tomorrow is the rest day for drivers and navigators, but not for mechanics that will drive for about 20 hours to come back from Bolivia to get started fixing the cars tomorrow morning!