Jan 4th, 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Race Info & Discussion

Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 2 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon will drive the #312 Speed Energy/Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini, and his teammate, Sheldon Creed, will drive Gordini #337. The special section of Stage 2 has been shortened from 521km to 387km. Robby Gordon start time: 9:11am/et, Sheldon Creed start time: 9:16am/et. Raceday chat will be available throughout the entire 2016 Dakar Rally.


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STAGE 2 TRACKING


STAGE 2: VILLA CARLOS PAZ > TERMAS DE RIO HONDO

Connection 337km | Special Stage 521km* | Total 858km

COURSE OVERVIEW

The statistics speak for themselves: with around 800 kilometres to cover depending on the category, the day will be very long. There is a significant distance to cover in both the special and the liaison sections: although the terrain presents no real difficulties, the relatively fast tracks may already benefit those who love hills and crossing rivers and who can keep up high speeds over the whole distance. Cars and trucks are entitled to an extension on this day.


The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.

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Special shortened

Alas, the feared scenario has materialised. The weather has wreaked havoc on the second stage too, so the organisers cautiously decided to reduce today's special, which will now end at CP4, in order to guarantee the competitors' safety.

So,stage 2 special section reduced from 521km to about 387km.

Will the all get a nap after their cookies and milk. These are die hard racers let em run!

Better change the tires from Open Country to Mud Country! Robby will do well but the 4WD/AWD will have a huge advantage!

Robby runs the mud terrains.

Robby Gordon will be the 29th car off the line at 9:11am/et

Sheldon Creed will be the 39th car off the line at 9:16:30am/et

Full starting order here

It's going to be tough year! This Year's El Niño Is On Track To Rival The Worst On Record

I don't think too many stages of the Dakar will be immune from inclement El Nino weather. I ordered flood insurance two weeks ago and I live in North Phoenix out of concern we may get long steady rains that could put my property in jeopardy.

I guess safety first. Wiper's and Defrost .... going to be that kind of Dakar. Thanks TOG

The NBC Sports Network broadcast of the Dakar Rally begins on Monday, January 5th at 5:30pm/et

Here you can see the NBC SN cameras talking to RG & Sheldon


Pity it is not a channel I get in Orlando without paying like $90 more a month. Have they yet to start offering it streaming online?

Yes, DTV to include that channel is over a hundred a month

Brinke has started

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