Disappointing. I definitely did not see that coming.
I’m sure some of them use google earth to try and find better lines.
It's still possible for the support team to map the course on Google Earth back in Europe, which the navigator or other helper can then use during the evening in the bivouac or back in Europe to make extra "cheater" notes (text comments) in the roadbook. Useful cheater notes might mark points where you can shortcut a corner, or mark particular hazards such as an "unexpected" extra sharp turn on those twisty smooth Argentine roads where you might easily run off the road into a large bolder (i.e. Robby Gordon), or identify an easy bypass around a difficult large dune climb. There are all kinds of "mapping" things that the new rule seems to miss.They tightened the rules this year so they can't do that. You get the road book, ASO provided GPS and an emergency sat phone. I doubt they would try to get a cheater mobile sat rig on the car through tech.
They tightened the rules this year so they can't do that. You get the road book, ASO provided GPS and an emergency sat phone. I doubt they would try to get a cheater mobile sat rig on the car through tech.
Great news!Post from Damen's FB:
Finally a trouble free stage at the #DakarRally for @timcoronel and @tomcoronelracing. The #Beast has been plagued with vapor locking issues from the poor quality fuel. We opted to try #AvGas today and so far so good. A big thank you to @jameslinmotorsports who’s tuning was spot on from 4,400 miles away. #Dakar2018 #JefferiesRacing #Beast347 #SanJuanDeMarcona