Dakar Rally : News from Leg 1
Pending validation by the commissaries, Portugal's Ruben Faria has recorded the best scratch time for the first special section of the Dakar 2007 with a time of 1 hr. 22 min. 07 sec., 16 seconds ahead of countryman Helder Rodriguez and 4 min.
47 sec. in front of Frenchman David Casteu.
After the arrival of the first twelve cars, Portugal's Carlos Sousa is provisionally heading the field in the first special stage, 2 min. 31 sec. in front of the four official Volkswagens, led by South African Giniel de Villiers.
Having suffered an engine failure after 26 km of the special stage, Spaniard Pablo Toral repaired it and continued the race, only to encounter more mechanical problems several kilometres later. The Spaniard has finally managed to get going again after having patched up his bike with the help of a competitor.
Due to electric problems, German Jutta Kleinschmidt, winner of the race in 2001, has already lost almost thirty minutes during the first special stage, in spite of her team mate Guerlain Chicherit stopping to help her.
With the 13th best provisional scratch time of 1'29'22, American Robby Gordon recorded the best time for the Open category in this first special stage.