Final day of the week long Lite race finishing on the shores of the Atlantic in Dakhla was an overall pleasant affair until the last test few miles short of the finish line: a seemingly dry lake bed which for some turned into a bottomless quagmire of sticky, slimy mud trapping bikes, cars and men alike. The spirit of co-operation overcame the dramatic situation and the field straggled into Dakhla covered in omnipresent crust of salty, caustic clay. Once the equipment was washed and the competitors rinsed off in the surf a raucous celebration and awards ceremony took place.
Tomorrow we all get to sleep in before a long liaison stage to Mauritania. The second week of racing will commence with 3 stages in Mauritania which will in all likelihood determine the winners of this year's event.
2016 Intercontinental Rally Lite Race Awards
Congratulations to all finishers on a hard fought race!
- Overall winner & quad class winner
221 Machacek Team 1 - Macháček Josef (CZE) - Yamaha Raptor Special - 25:07:46
- Car class winner
234 Club Aventura Touareg - Adolfo Hidalgo (ESP) - Mitsibishi Montero - 27:39:01
- Motorcycle class winner
155 Canary Team Raid - Luis Fernandez (ESP) - Husqvarna FE350 - 34:36:28