Liaison: 186 km – Special stage: 280 km – Liaison: 239 km – Total: 705 km
Just like announced yesterday, today´s stage was shortened due to the floods that affected the Layoun region.
Competitors took a road connection for 186 km, until km 186 of the special stage announced as a “pleasure for the eyes” by Rene Metge, with the 50 last km totally new, and very fast!
“We started the morning by the liaison, explains Thierry Magnaldi, then we took the timed section for 280 km in a fast track between the cairns with navigation. We started first this morning and we kept our pace until the end…and we won the special stage 5 minutes ahead of Vasilyev. Now, we are at Dakhla for a well-deserved rest day, the mechanics have already dismounted the 2WD buggy, which works very well. We are going to rest so that we are ready for the second part of the Rally, and the hardest: uritania.”