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DAKAR 2019: Arequipa-San Juan de Marcona - the turning point

A round trip for the 2019 rally Dakar which, with the sixth stage, Arequipa/San Juan de Marcona, entered the second half of its motoring program. After the rest day on Saturday 12th January, waiting for the drivers was a new track of 810 km of which 291 of special stage.

"A difficult stage both in terms of navigation and driving but Santiago was really very good especially in the last 40-50 km of dunes faced with the dark - comments Szymon Gospodarczyk, navigator of the Mexican Santiago Creel Garza Rios - At km 250 of the SS along a canyon we were stopped and made to pass one by one losing a lot of time and thus arriving at the last dunes without more light. The Polaris went well apart from some problems with the front differential. We had great fun".

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Dunes high and demanding those of today that have put a strain on the French crew of Polaris #359, composed by Ronald Basso and Julien Menard. "Surely one of the most beautiful stages of this Dakar - explains Julien - The navigation was particularly challenging because of the many CAP that required frequent changes in trajectory and for the many dunes cut that to be overcome have made necessary lateral passages".

Also the other French crew of Xtreme+, Eric Abel and Christian Manez, has faced this sixth stage in the category "Semi Marathon" after the problems that in the previous days have forced them to remain at the bivouac of Arequipa awaiting restoration work by the mechanics of the team.

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Difficult day also for the Poles Maciej Domzala and Rafal Marton: with their Polaris, the crew #376 crossed howewer the finish line in San Juan de Marcona with a time of 13h31'00" finishing 23th of the day and 22nd in the provisional general with a total time of 47h22'39".

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Source: Xtreme+ press release, photo credits: Xtreme+, M-FOR SPORT

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