“It was an amazing ceremony in Buenos Aires but not the bests of starts to the Dakar with a few small technical issues but we're through Day 0,” said Dale from Argentina.
“We had to use a jump pack to start the car for the ceremony and then a jump from a friendly competitor before Prologue. We also had a small fuel issue so we cruised through the stage and although we stopped again on the road section we made a repair and got to the bivouac on time.”
“Anyway chin up we still have an entire seasons worth of WRC km's left so in the grand scheme of things we're happy and off to enjoy this Day 1 experience!”
After the dramas the pair made it back to the safety of the bivouac in 47th position. Dramas of an entirely different nature plagued all competitors on the first full day of competition, wet weather forcing the stage cancellation.
“We are in Villa Carlos Paz at the end of the second day. Today's special stage was cancelled due to bad weather. We've completed the transport section to the start of the stage under heavy rain and thunderstorms and then were redirected and continued to bivouac. Last 40km of the planned special was a famous Argentinian WRC stage and we missed out on that,” Jerie said.
But with conditions clearing the Toyota Hilux duo powered into the second day of competition, the stage taking competitors from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas De Rio Hondo.
“Although this first proper stage from Carlos Paz this morning was shortened slightly due to the weather, it still totaled some 387km of both fast and twisty mountain stages not unlike the WRC rally here and in fact this distance equates to the entire WRC schedules worth in just one stage!!” they reported.
“No problems to report from our South Racing Hilux, we had a good fun stage and although catching some cars and overtaking in the dust was tricky a couple of times we had a very clear run and are making good progress on the long road section up to Termas de Rio Hono.”
At the end of the stage Jerie and Moscatt had climbed up to 36th outright. The Dakar continues with a further 11 stages to go, stay tuned for further updates on rally.com.au