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Dakar 2009: A difficult but favourable day for Vigouroux.

Despite many difficulties, Eric Vigouroux finished amongst the first thirty racers during the first genuine rally-raid leg, which was both challenging and varied. As far as climate goes, temperatures hit thirty degrees in the early morning, snowflakes fell during a passage at 2,500 metres of altitude and, for the day's end, there was a strong thunderstorm, which even featured hail!

"As usual, the beginning of the special was hell, with over 100 km of fesh-fesh, no wind and broken-down vehicles everywhere. To avoid them, we had to make large detours through very thick brush. We were blocked for half an hour because of a 4x4 that was stuck in the fesh-fesh, and when we took off, Alex detected a fire that had just started under our hood.

We quickly extinguished it, but a spark plug melted and the engine was running poorly. At CP2, prior to the dunes, we decided to stop to change the spark plug wire and clean the air filter, from which we were able to remove a genuine bucket of sand", explained Eric.

"All things considered, these incidents made us lose an hour, but it was crucial that we pass through the dreaded strip of grey dunes before the night, since they seem to have trapped a large number of vehicles. When we drove through them, a thunderstorm broke out. It was six o'clock at night, but it seemed like the middle of the night. Now, though, we are quite happy to be done with this terrible day, and, once again, Robby Gordon came to congratulate us upon our arrival for our persistence." One of Eric and Alex's qualities it to never give up, and the American driver is particularly grateful for this attitude of theirs.

2009/01/08 | 15:15 CET | Editor: MR/HS/RG

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