|Dakar Rally 2013: Lavieille - "We decided to try our luck a few miles away".|
After a good start, French Christian Lavieille saw its progress stopped. At CP1, point of neutralization of the race, the Dessoude Juke Buggy was on 21st position.
Last car to reach that point, Lavieille’s time will be the reference time which will be applied to all other competitors who did not reach the CP. Team-mates Yves Tartarin and Frédéric Chavigny will be credited with this time. In overall classification, no change for Team Dessoude.
"Good pace, but short" said Christian Lavieille. "At the beginning the sand was steady and on the usual uphill in this stage, we did not have any temperature problem. Over the miles, we saw the black clouds pile up over the mountains, which did not bode well. We crossed a first small river where the water began to rise, but at the second we saw competitors stuck. So we decided to try our luck a few miles away."
"Two cars were already there, trying to find a solution. I crossed by foot to assess the depth and with these two cars, we agreed to tow each other in case of problem. The Polish driver crossed first and then I did."
"The water was quickly digging the shore of the Rio and after a while they were crumbling. We lost few minutes to find the right way but this is the Dakar. When we arrived at CP 1, we were stopped and informed that the race was neutralized. Definitely, the weather teased the race this year!"
Christian Lavieille was the last to join CP 1, his time will be the reference time to be applied to all the other competitors who were unable to reach the control. Among them, Frédéric Chavigny and Yves Tartarin. Positions in the overall standings are unchanged.
2013/01/17 | 16:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ARPIZOU