Dakar Rally : First news from first leg
Portugal's Nazare Santos on his quad is the first to get to grips with the time trial on this Dakar 2007, at 08.35 GMT as scheduled, in spite of the fog shrouding the route.
Spanish rider Pablo Toral has suffered an engine
failure after 26 km of the first special section.
Checking in at 10.13 GMT at the end of the first special stage, Portugal's Nazare Santos on his quad is the first competitor to have finished the first timed section of the 2007 edition of the Dakar, having covered the 117 km special stage in 1 hr. 38 min. 15 sec. The fog has now completely lifted from the special stage, which is now bathed in sunlight.
Frenchman Simon Droux has stopped after 17 km of the special stage, following a clutch problem. But Christophe has is back on the tracků
Frenchman Christophe Robert's progress through the special stage has been halted due to a fuel inlet problem. He is trying to repair it.
Frenchman Anthony Fillatre has rolled his quad during the first special stage. Fortunately, it was not a serious accident, because was able to proceed and finish this first timed section in 1 hr 56 min. 52 sec.
Title-holder, Luc Alphand has started battle, commencing the first special stage at 10.44 as scheduled.
With a time of 1 hr. 22 min.
07 sec. Portugal's Ruben Faria, triumphant in the 2nd stage last year, has finished the first special stage more than 5 minutes ahead of his nearest rival Thierry Bethys, and is now provisional leader of the rally.