Foggy weather suspends the rally
There will no stage running today at the Dakar Rally. The leg has been cancelled by the organisers, but there still remains a 680-kilometre distance to cover in order to reach Fiambala.
The decision was taken by the organisers when
weather forecasters announced that the heavy fog conditions which delayed Tuesday's start would be the same on Wednesday until late in the morning. As a consequence, the logistics of the whole day's schedule would be completely upset.
The competitors were heading into a marathon stage with no available assistance, and the itinerary was to bring them into the Andes at 4000 metres above sea level. Furthermore, the additional time required to pass customs as the rally leaves Chile and reenters Argentina was also taken into account.
It became quite apparent to the organisers that any long delays in starting the day would greatly complicate matters, thereby the decision to cancel the stage was made.
The lost day of competition was surely a welcome piece of news for the rally leaders: a day without running is a day where the standings stay in place.
KTM motorbiker Marc Coma is confidently heading for a second Dakar win, while Carlos Sainz and co-driver Michel Perin are hoping to clinch a maiden victory at the controls of their factory Volkswagen Race Touareg.
A day off can't hurt the Dakar Rally newcomers either, as each evening they seem quite zombie-like when they reach the bivouac...