The first stage from from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz was cancelled due to increment weather that prevented the helicopters from flying. Helicopters are mandatory to make sure that emergency medical crew can be on site quickly. The rain was torrential and the water was just everywhere.
Kellon Walch, Team Robby Gordon co driver said that “It’s a shame that today’s stage was cancelled. This kind of stuff didn’t happen too often in Africa. That’s a shame, but safety is the top priority. Tomorrows a long stage of 512 kilometers and risks to be wet. In the Dakar, wet weather means a lot of mud, which translates into a lot of work, for everybody.”
2004 Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma was quoted saying: “This is a weird start into the Dakar. Yesterday, we covered just 11 kilometres but nonetheless, it was good to get rid of the entire tension built up during the preparations. The prologue went well for us. I feel comfortable in the car and today’s stage would have been a good stage for our car – but there was just too much rain. Even at the start, everything was flooded.”
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