trackingdakar.nl | Dakar 2017 - Stage 1: Waypoints (Bike)
All eyes on Al Attiyah
After winning the first stage with authority, Nasser Al-Attiyah will be faced with the tough task of opening the road for the 275-km special that awaits him. This challenge will not scare the Toyota driver, but he may well be apprehensive of further mechanical problems following an initial alert yesterday when a fire started in his car. The Peugeot drivers are likely to push hard, with much expected of the former WRC drivers WRC Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, while Stéphane Peterhansel should also reassert his authority over the rally after a cautious start on Monday; unless of course Mikko Hirvonen and his Mini announce their entrance into the battle.
Getting down to the nitty gritty
After a first stage in Paraguay that only comprised 39 kilometres against the clock, the competitors will get their teeth into the first big portion of the Dakar 2017 on arrival in a country that they know only too well: Argentina. The bikes, quads, cars, SSVs and trucks will tackle a stage of more than 800 km, including a 275-km special in the region of Chaco where they will have to keep their patience when faced with the dust that could even be transformed into mud if it rains!