Sixth Dakar stage shortened
|By Pablo Elizalde||Thursday, January 8th 2009, 11:30 GMT|
The sixth stage of the Dakar Rally has been shortened drastically, organisers announced on Thursday.
The timed stage from San Rafael to Mendoza was originally scheduled to be 395 km long. However, organisers have found an impassable river ford and they have been forced to shorten the special to just 178 km.
Instead of starting at 6:35, the stage will thus start two hours later.
Dakar organisers also said that yesterday's stage had been neutralized, meaning a total of 385 competitors have been authorized to start today's special.