|Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Rest day instead of race day for Bikes/Quads.|
Following Saturday´s super special stage the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" was meant to get serious with the first desert stage on Sunday.
But the 309 km long competition had to be cancelled due to a sandstorm. The weather turbulences had been around the southern portions of the Arabian Peninsula since a few days.
With a limited visibilty of max 100 metres there was no other choice for the organisers but to call the day off for the bike category. The participants rode to the bivouac in a convoy and stayed there for the remainder of the day, hoping for better weather.
"Too bad, but what can you do? Safety comes first and we respect the decision of the race directors. Hopefully the storm will be gone tomorrow and we can start the real race" said Speedbrain´s Joan Barreda.
His teammate Paulo Goncalves added: "It´s been an unexpected rest day and not what we were looking for. Now we´re here waiting. Anyway, tomorrow should see us in action."
Overall results after SS01 Abu Dhabi Cars Top 10
01) Alvarez / Graue (ARG/ARG) | Toyota Hilux Overdrive | T1 | 01:52:03
02) Roma / Perin (ES/F) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 01:55:22
03) Van Loon / Rosegaar (NL/NL) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 01:59:00
04) Spinelli / Haddad (BRA/BRA) | Mitsubishi ASX V8 | T1 | 02:07:24
05) Al Mansoori / Al Mansoori (UAE/UAE) | Nissan Pathfinder | T1 | 02:08:50
06) Al Helei / Ali Mirza (UAE/UAE) | Nissan Patrol | T2 | 02:20:27
07) Ten Brinke / Baumel (NL/F) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 02:20:55
08) Kaczmarski / Boba (PL/PL) | Toyota Hilux | T1 | 02:25:22
09) Fahim (UAE) Polaris 900 | T3 | 02:26:51
10) Zapletal / Marton (CZ/PL) | Hummer H3 | T1 | 02:27:41
Overall results after SS01 Abu Dhabi Cars ALL (PDF)
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Overall results after SS01 Abu Dhabi Bikes ALL (PDF)
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2013/04/08 | 14:55 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SPEEDBRAIN