So, I have never seen or knew anything about the Dakar and much like rallying I only paid attention cause I knew the name Colin McRae, so I thought I would take a look to see what this race is about.
I know earlier someone listed some sites that gave background on rally raids and what some rules are but I can't seem to find it. Help is appreciated.
Also, I really like the coverage on the Dakar. I know there are hundreds of people in this race, but the crews seem to do a good job finding the stories that are interesting in the race. Example, the Spaniard who broke his radiator and had to ask the spectators to help him find a new one, all the while he was crying his eyes out cause he thought he was out in front of his home crowd.
It made my roomate stop what he was doing and watch the TV.
The American that is competing in a Chevy 2WD Trophy Truck is Mark Miller. This guy runs mainly off-road events in trucks, but has won the BAJA 1000 on a motorcycle. He has run Pike's Peak, Baja 500/1000, Atlas Rally in Africa, Dakar, and many other off-road events with great success. He did really well in last year's Dakar, has won tons of endurance off-road races, and has some class records at Pike's Peak (in a car). He has a cool website at www.markmillerracing.com , it's worth a look.
Also check out www.dakar.com
I think that statement is garbage! Just because he lost a few hours does NOT mean that he's finished. He didn't really have a chance with being that far back anyway. My hat is off to him and anyone else who finishes this rally, regardless of their finishing position! There is still a LOOOONG way to go yet and anything can and may happen.
Non-finishers were given an elapsed time of 20 hours for the stage. (Masuoka's stage-winning time was 9:03:43.)
Colin and Tina spent the night in the desert. Since stages 11 and 12 were cancelled because of the bandits, they need to arrive at the bivouac for stage 12 at Bobo Dioulasso by the required time on Sunday to remain in the rally--as I understand the situation.
Wow, he just doesn't know the word "quit". From Jan 12th:
"Colin McRae has reached the Dakar Rally's rest halt in Bobodioulasso and has been classified 21st, giving him every chance of climbing the order in the last week of the event.
Transmission trouble stranded the Lanark driver's Nissan in Friday?s stage between Tidjikja and Nema until Sunday afternoon and he was awarded the maximum penalty time of 20 hours - approximately half the time he in fact spent stranded in the Sahara. His pick-up is currently undergoing an extensive rebuild."