The first day of full on racing is behind us and it was a good one! The stage presented few navigational challenges and few teams ended up with heavy penalties for missing control points. The spectacular crash of the day award goes to Manuel Maza and Luis Garcia (236) who rolled their Mitsubishi Montero 3 times finally resting wheels up. The crew escaped uninjured but decided to abandon the race and headed back for Spain. The stage win goes to Aventura Tuareg's Francisco Honrado (213) with the time of 4:27:43. The fastest car of the day was Wings Nissan piloted by Semenov/Režný. Dakar legend Josef Macháček took the lead in the quad class while Jose Sanchez Tapia recorder the fastest UTV time. A special shoutout goes to the sole female rider Sara Garcia for finishing strong 16th overall. As of 11PM all participants are enjoying the comforts of the bivouac in Merzouga with the exception of Team SchuSchu who are still making their way to the finish of the stage. After few hours of rest and necessary repairs the rally continues with stage 3 to Zagora. The stage in not particularly long but requires solid navigation and off-road skills.