Due to the cancellation of Day 1 of the 2016 Dakar Rally due to extremely wet weather, Day 2 represented the actual start of the 2016 Dakar Rally.
The Day 2 route is shown below. The transit or liaison portion of the route is shown in green, while the competitive portion is shown in red. The transits were to total 336km and the competitive portion of the route was to be 510km, but due to the effects of yesterday’s wet weather, the timed stage was reduced to 386km.
Day 2 Route
The route today, as shown by the profile of the special stage below, did not appear to have extreme elevation changes, so it would have been relatively fast for a Dakar Rally.
Day 2 Route Profile
The day’s winner turned out to be Dakar Rally rookie, Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena in their Peugeot, who was just over 2 minutes ahead of his Peugeot teammate and Dakar veteran, Stefan Peterhansel.
Sebastien Loeb Splashing His Way To A Day 2 Victory
The results of top of the field in the car class are shown below.
Day 2 Car Class Results And Standings
|4||301||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)
|10||311||TEN BRINKE (NLD)
|13||306||VAN LOON (NLD)
I showed the top portion of the car class field down as far as position 22, which is where the American entry Robby Gordon finished. He had some mud problems in a wet area which resulted in him finishing 17 minutes behind the leader. In past years, being 17 minutes behind the leader after Day 2 would essentially be like in a tie for first place, but this year I am far less inclined to think that Robby Gordon can recover to win from this deficit. He is in 22nd place, so he has to pass 21 cars, most of whom are quite talented and are supported by major factory teams. The competition level is getting higher each year with good drivers in the seats of the factory cars. As a Robby Gordon supporter, I hope that I am wrong and he will get back to the top, but time will tell.
Robby Gordon Got Bogged Down In A Wet Portion Of The Stage
With Day 2 now on the books, the 2016 Dakar Rally is now underway. Sebastien Loeb won many World Rally Championship titles, so he clearly knows how to win rallies and was never too hard on his rally cars. Sometimes the rally navigation can be difficult at the Dakar, and Loeb’s long time navigator, Daniel Elena, as a Dakar rookie, might find this particularly difficult. At Dakar, it takes a complete team to win.
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