Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally was abandoned after a massive landslide, caused by thunderstorms and torrential rain, blocked the road 40km from Jujuy and 160km from the bivouac site in Salta.
According to ASO, the organisers of the Dakar Rally, “most of the Dakar caravan was diverted to an alternative route”, but delays reaching the bivouac and the damage to the race route, meant the stage had to be abandoned.
But hardest hit were residents of the village of Volcan, where the flooding caused several deaths and displaced hundreds of people. ASO has offered the use of its sanitary facilities to emergency services in the area.
The 2017 Dakar Rally has been hit hard by the weather, forcing ASO to shorten stages 5, 7 and 8 and cancel stages 6 and 9.
The KAMAZ Master Team took on the mannequin challenge with this tour of their service area in the bivouac on rest day.
Coming up tomorrow…
Stage 10: Chilecito to San Juan
MOTORBIKES / QUADS / CARS / TRUCKS
Timed stage: 449km
Total distance: 751km
Any racers growing inpatient to attack should be advised that mistakes on this stage can lead to large time delays. With tiredness becoming an increasing factor, competitors must remain vigilant to navigational and mechanical mishaps that can ruin thousands of kilometres of good work up to this point.