Date: Jan 25, 2016
Route: Almeria - Guercif
Country: Spain - Morocco Character: Warm up stage.
It may appear coincidental but we are convinced that the pre-start rumble of the engines triggered the 6.2 earthquake just off the coast of Spain. But a little shaking can't slow us down and the Rally got to a splendid start with a prolog to the Almeria harbor. Teams had the luxury of few hours of uninterrupted rest as we sailed towards Africa and the adventures ahead. Once in Morocco the day continued with a liaison to the bivouac in Guercif. The real test comes tomorrow with the long and demanding stage to the dunes of Merzouga. The bikers can look forward to sub-freezing morning temperatures while the cars will battle narrow, rocky river beds. For those who complete the stage await the spectacular sands of Erg Chebbi; a final spectacular test of the stage.