Today we had a long special through the Atacama desert, the highest and most dry desert in the world. Tim drove without any problems till about 450 kilometers. After that the clutch jammed and he couldn’t repair it. After calling Pierre in the Netherlands and some assistance of the Afrajateam race truck, Tim continued. The pictures are made on special stage 5. After the finish there was still a liaison to drive, which was about 100 kilometers.
On that part the the belt from the driving mechanism broke. Again a Dutch truck came to rescue. Jan Lammers towed Tim to our service-truck, were the belt was fixed.
At this moment (around 24.00h) Chris is almost at the finish of the special stage riding along Pascal Baars. Chris has problems with the dynamo, but the finish is in sight.
Up to the stage of tomorrow.
Update: Chris just arrived atÂ 2 o’clock in the morning.
Update 23.45:Tim has crossed the finish line in 53rd place. Chris just passed the control in km 339 in 72nd place.
Update 21.15: Tim is stopped with a transmition problem.
Update 21.00: Tim Passed Km 399 in 44th position. Chris also just passed km 244 in position 77.
Tim Coronel has passed check point 244 and is in position n 47 1h 41 minutes behind the leader.
Tim and Chris had been riding together pas check point km 138. But at checkpoint 187 Tim passed alone. This leads us to believe that Chris had had a spot of bother as he passed the same checkpoint 1H 30 mins later.