Buenos Aires, January 5, 2016
Stage 3: Termas Rio Hondo – Jujuy
Special Stage: 190 km – Road connection: 436 km – Total: 626 km
The sky will soon fall over the Dakar with a downpour rain that hits the roads and the bivouac in Jujuy for hours with enormous thunders that could even scare Zeus!
Part of the electric power was down; no internet connection, no results and a curtain of rain that made you stay covered limited the news of the Xtremeplus team. The four crews arrived in Jujuy and mechanics worked all night with their feet in the mud covered by plastic trash bags.
With rivers that were impossible to cross, the organizer shortened the selective section to 190 km timed, very fast and divided by limited speed areas.
Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell #371 (59th in 2h40’50)
Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu #394 (76th in 2h59’09): “In spite of the difficulties, it was a good special stage. Ka Chun did a great navigation job and we marked all waypoints. We make a good team! Before the special started, the rain was pouring down, and the same happened at the bivouac. The track was, like yesterday, very fast, winding and very narrow at some points. We crossed a river that was at least one meter deep and I went a bit too fast… After that, the belt was sliding and we lost some power. Then, we faced about 10 km of fesh-fesh and soft sand. We were right behind another competitor and we were in a dust wall, it was impressive, we couldn´t see anything!
We also had some issues when we run out of water to clean the windshield of the Polaris RZR 1000 XT+30 and from time to time there was mud or water on the road. Ka Chun had to put water from a bottle while we were driving. After we crossed the finish line, the gearbox was blocked and we only had one speed. We were very lucky because the race was over and we took over more than ten cars, so it was a good day for us!”
Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella #389 (74th in 2h53’10) : “Today, we had a slow puncture and after a while, we were obligated to stop and change the tire. For the rest, it was fast, slow, dry, wet, mud, dust…”
Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival #367 (79 th in 3h45’37)