The following release is from the promoters of the Telefonica Dakar Rally...
Due to the weather condition on the Mauritanian desert since Thursday on the course of the rally, the organization has decided to modify the race. The bad visibility has forced most of the helicopters to remain grounded.
At 10 a.m. today, only 96 bikes, 59 cars and 27 trucks had completed stage 7, and 31 competitors had officially retired from the race.
The race organization has therefore decided on the following measures:
- Cancel stage 8 between Tichit and Tidjikja.
- The authorized time for stage 7 will be longer.
- The competitors will all head to Tidjikja in liaison.