|10th Albania Rally TICKER: At 20-20 CET only first bikes arrived in the camp.|
What a tough opening day! At 20:20 CET only the first bikes are back in the camp in Peshkopi - and only one car: The damaged Toyota Land Cruiser of the Italian ladies Giulia Maroni and Catherine Lefevbre. Both girls were repairing their car: "Today was not good. We broke a part of the front suspension and can´t finish the day. But we are fixing the problem and are back tomorrow," Giulia reported.
As one of the first bikers, Dutchman Pieter Bos (KTM 500 EXC) finished his day. "It was hard but good," Pieter said, "one of my fastest rallydays ever. Eventually I am in the Top 10!"
Later in the evening, the Italian Alberto Carlini (Beta RR450) arrived. "Pow, this was really a hard day," he told. "The first part of the day was good, than I had to repair some small things. When I went into the second stage after the liaison, the organization told me that I am late and eventually will get a penalty...for me it was impossible to manage the liaison in time. Very strict timetable, no time for a break...but we are on a tough rally!"
The day was hot, inside the stage we had temperatures up to 34 degrees. The evening became a little cooler after some rain started... Actually we are waiting for the last bikes and first cars. The camp was settled on a sporting ground, inside the city the gouvernment closed the main road, hundreds of local spectators are visiting the event...
2014/06/09 | 20:20 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS