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Pre-start preparations
IR 2012 ready to start!
Today, the Spanish campground La Garrofa was unusually full, as the participants of the Intercontinental Rally gather at the start. Most of the day was taken up by technical and document inspection as well as marking of the competition vehicles with race decals. The prologue comprised of a single 100 pt control point at...
Stage 1 ( Almeria - Guercif)
IR2012 hurtles to Taurirt (EN, FR, CZ)
The first stage of this year’s rally took the competitors into the bivouac in Taourirt. The 105km long prologue tested for the first time the navigational abilities of the crews who all easily earned the full allotment of 100 points for crossing the check point in the Almeria harbor. Tomorrow we start...
Stage 2 ( Guercif - Merzouga)
IR 2012 Spectacular and challenging stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Long, difficult and absolutely spectacular second stage! Starting into the bitter cold desert air the bikers suffered a lot in the early morning hours. The special was in some places very technical and there were some early mechanical problems and few minor mishaps. As we are down for the...
Stage 3 (Merzouga - Mhamid)
Stage 3 Merzouga – M’Hamid (EN, FR, CZ)
The 3rd stage along a traditional Dakar route provided for a memorable outing. Early in the stage the crews had to choose between navigating a tricky rocky section or avoid it by crossing a sandy ridge. Team Portside's Unimog had to be pulled out from the deep sand by a near by military unit. Later in...
Stage 4 (Mhamid - Tata)
Sand and rocks! (EN, FR, CZ)
Today's stage was a little shorter than typical but it made up for it in difficulty. Later 10 o'clock start gave the crews a welcome rest and an opportunity for vehicle maintenance. The fesh section early on brought on frantic digging by many teams and shovels and winches did not stop until the afternoon. At...
Stage 5 (Tata – Fort Bou Jerif)
Atlantic ocean at sight (EN, FR, CZ)
Narrow gorges and steep mountain sides dominated the 5th stage as we crossed the Atlas mountains and descent towards the Atlantic coast. Tire punctures and technical breakdowns due to the rocky terrain kept the rally technical assistance team for most of the day. The racing, especially amongst motorbikes, is incredibly close with just minutes and few hundred points separating the top competitors. In the car race the Statek team is steadily climbing up in the standings while the Def Tec boys seem to be determine to drive their vehicles on the edge of self destruction. Def Tec 1 continued in the race after emergency repairs after a roll over. The crew is uninjured and is busy working on their car to get it working by tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow we head to Laayune along some of the most remote beaches anywhere. While the next couple of days are unlikely to significantly change the standings the two stages in Mauritania should determine the overall winner.


Etape Tata - Fort Bou Jerif:
L’Atlas va livrer ses beautés à ceux qui s’engagent dans cette 5eme étape. Le départ est donné à 9h00 pour quitter Tata en direction de l’Anti Atlas. De belles gorges sont empruntées, et des pistes nous emmènent vers de beaux cols. Puis il faut redescendre vers les plateaux pour reprendre des pistes qui zig-zaguent entre les montagnes et dans les oueds. Plusieurs crevaisons sont à déplorer et quelques glissades endommagent des véhicules. Mais heureusement, il n’y a pas de blessés, uniquement des hématomes.
Certains concurrents imposent à leurs machines des rythmes infernaux, et il leur faudra gérer afin que les mécaniques puissent atteindre Dakar.
Concernant les résultats, les candidats à la victoire finale commencent à se montrer, mais la course est encore longue jusqu’à Dakar. A noter que demain, la version « lite / courte » de l’épreuve verra les lauréats récompensés.
Mais il faudra tout d’abord parcourir les 535 km dont 270 de spéciales avant d’arriver au bivouac. Et avec la Plage Blanche au programme, nos participants peuvent déjà penser à ces nouvelles aventures.

IR 2012 úspěšně ve Fort Bou-Jerife!
Oceán na dohled, oslepující vítr, tradiční marocký kemp uprostřed ničeho, tohle všechno měli před očima závodníci během dnešní, 370km dlouhé etapy. Pátá etapa se ukázala být zlomová zejména ze strany techniky, které v náročném terénu rychle odchází. Za všechny příklad mladého portugalského páru Pedra Gomeze a Sergie Pinto, kteří přišli na Nisanu Patrol 2,7l o oba přední tlumiče. Zbytek etapy na tvrdých pistách si příště nováčci v rally jistě rádi odpustí.
Tým Def-Tec po včerejších technických problémech (etapa dojetá zcela bez brzd u jednoho a bez alternátoru u druhého auta) potkala nehoda vozu 1 Davida Mrzeny a Radka Meduny, při které šlo auto přes střechu. Posádka naštěstí vyvázla bez zranění. Opravy zaberou bez pochyby celou noc. Cíl je jasný, vyhovět stanovám IR 2012, které mluví o technické způsobilosti stroje pro provoz na veřejných komunikacích.
Zatímco Def-tec má velkou šanci v cestě do Dakaru pokračovat, španělský tým Zumba2 4x4ESP v soutěži končí. Během dopoledne došlo k jejich strany ke zneužití GPS spotu, když si tým k prasklé pneumatice přivolal nejprve technickou a následně i zdravotnickou pomoc.
Na startu a následně také v cíli v Fort Bou-Jerife se dnes objevil i tým 24Hours agency Ondry Nachtigalla a Lucie Radoušové. Ondřej s Lucií hned na konci první ostré etapy přidřeli motor jejich Toyoty Hi-lux a ze servisu v marocké Zagoře se vrátili cca 4 hodiny před samotným startem do etapy.
Do kategorie Adventure se propadá také Vincent Viau, kterému na jeho stroji BMW Adventure 1200 odešla baterka a do cíle přijel v doprovodném kamionu.
Jak tedy dopadla celá etapa? Kategorie Moto Race první v cíli Klaus Guldager Jensen na KTM v čase 3:05min a 840body. O minutu později za ním Lars Engel (838b.) a třetí Brit Mark Hughes (824b.). Kategorie Cars race první Def-Tec 3 v čase 6:09 a 842 body, druhý Def-Tec 1 (828b.) a třetí Statek u sv. Kříže (760b.).
Zítřejší etapa bude jedna z nejdelších, celkem 535km, ale zároveň také nejatraktivnějších v celé soutěži. Týmy vystartují po skupinách směrem k oceánu, který je vzdálený asi 10km. Tam je čeká neopakovatelný zážitek v podobě pláže Blanche, kterou ale v jedenáct hodin zaleje vysoký příliv a kdo uvázne ve zrádném písku, bude plavat. První část včetně úseku pláže má 115km, následuje přejezd na druhou část v délce 80km. Tyto úseky jsou pod časovým limitem 4 hodin. Zbývající část etapy bude mimo časový limit a skončí v Laayoune. O výsledcích etapy i jejím průběhu Vás budeme informovat.
Stage 6 (Fort Bou Jerif - Layoune)
Stage 6 Fort Bou Jeriff - Laayoune (EN, FR, CZ)
It seems this year the physical punishment just will not stop. Another day, another draining stage.
The day started with the crossing of the legendary Plage Blanche, a remote 50 km long beach battered by the waves and winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Rising tide meant that the dry part of the beach...
Stage 7 (Layoune - Daklha)
Finally an easier stage (EN, FR, CZ)
Finally a stage with a shorter and easier off road section! The caravan proceeded on the blacktop south towards the city of Dakhla with a special section on flat, wind swept plains short distance from the bivouac. The easy terrain perhaps relaxed the concentration of one of the riders a little too much as...
Stage 8 (Daklha - Nouadhibou)
Crossing the Mauritanian border (EN, FR)
A liaison stage to cross the Morocco-Mauritanian border. Thanks to advanced preparation by the organization, the border crossing went extremely smoothly, and everyone got across within an hour. The short drive across the mined no-man's land strip reminded everyone the importance of good way points as...
Stage 9 (Nouadhibou - Nouakchott)
Sandstorm strikes (EN, FR, CZ)
After several days of high winds and blinding sandstorms forced us to forgo Atar and instead head to Nouakchott the special followed last year's course. To extend the range of the motorbikes to cover the 500km distance through some very remote coastal regions the rally team set up a refueling station around the...
Stage 10 (Nouakchott - Nouakchott)
Nouakchott (EN, FR, CZ)
Another improvised stage to replace the two stages originally planned for the Atar region. The stage was relatively straightforward on very fast pistes with a massive dune at the finish. Due to the long liaison the car teams decided to forego the stage and the bikes raced on their own. There was one notable departure on...
Stage 12 (St.Louis – St.Louis)
Savannah (EN, CZ)
This stage provided an introduction to the navigational challenges of the Senegalese Savannah. Everyone exercised caution as we raced near many small villages with curious children and ignorant goats everywhere. The short liaison provided for a memorable outing, and as the moon rose over the bivouac the excitement of reaching...
Stage 13 (St.Louis - Dakar)
Almost there (EN, FR, CZ)
As unreal as it feels at the moment we have reached our final destination! Lac Rose welcomed the Rally in all it's glory, glowing pink-purple in the afternoon sun. The penultimate stage featured sandy trails in the shadow of ancient baobab trees, through rural villages and bustling towns. The last 50 km was along a...
Stage 14 (Dakar - Lac Rose)
The moment of glory (EN, FR, CZ)
The moment of glory has arrived when all the pain and suffering is forgotten and the sense of accomplishment starts to settle in. After more than 5000 km and 13 days of full on racing the Rally has reached the finish line on the shores of Lac Rose, stone throw distance from Dakar and the westmost point of...
The Final Ceremony
Big thank you to all the participants, our families and all the fans who followed us on our journey across western Africa. See you next year!
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