The 2nd stage lived up to the promise of a very demanding day in some very inhospitable environment. After leaving the snow-capped Atlas range behind, the competitors were confronted with standing water surrounding the last control point in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Last year’s winner Victor Rivera continued right where he left off, and earned the first stage win. In the cars the blue Glad Bowler jumped to an early while in quads the stage victory goes to Rostislav Plny. Only casualties of the day are two motorcycles which had to abandon the race. Others are performing late night repairs to be able to start 590 km long stage 3. If the amount of water encountered today is an indication of things to come, we can look forward to a sailing regatta on Lake Iriki tomorrow. Whatever happens the rally is now in full swing and the competition is heating up.