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Dakar organizers “do not deliberately make the roadbook difficult” – Motorsports

Many Dakar rivals have suffered navigational frustration during the opening week, with defending champion Carlos Sainz speaking out especially after the Stage 5 issue. Claim the event “feels more like Gymkhana than a rally”..

Sebastien Loeb feels Sainz The 2021 Dakar is called the “co-driver race” The competitor with the fewest navigation mistakes is making more money than ever before, and he feels it is the deciding factor for the rally.

Following last year’s trial in Saudi Arabia-based Dakar, the roadbook was distributed to competitors, in contrast to the previous day, just 15 minutes before the start of each stage. That is, the crew does not have time to add their own notes.

The organizers tried to make up for this by making the roadbook more detailed, but Castera feels that the team also needs to adapt to different challenges.

“Maybe the philosophy of the roadbook has changed. This may have required some adaptation, but it doesn’t intentionally make things difficult,” said former Dakar in the bike class. Podium finisher Castella told Motorsport.com.

“We need to consider the heavy rains a few weeks before the start of the rally, which complicates the situation.”

Castera is confident that without Sainz’s costly navigation issues, the X-raid Mini driver will aim to win in the second week. At the end of Stage 7, Sainz was third overall, but more than 41 minutes away from leader Stephane Peterhansel, and Nasser Al-Attiya in second, just under eight minutes behind the French driver.

“Carlos [Sainz] There were too many navigation mistakes. Otherwise, he will be fighting Al Atiya and Peterhansel, “Castella said. “Carlos, Nacelle [Al-Attiyah] And Stefan [Peterhansel] Being the strongest driver, I expected a fight between them.

“Now that’s the question between Peterhansel and Al Atiya. We have to wait for who makes the first mistake.”

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Despite various restrictions and protocols being enforced in the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been helping the Saudi Arabian recce team prepare for the 2021 edition for a month, but Castera said this year’s edition I feel that it is an improvement over the first Saudi Arabian-based Dakar. Enough challenge to all competitors.

“We wanted to design a route that could meet the requirements of our competitors,” he explained. “Last year was so fast that one of the main ideas was to slow it down.

“We designed the stages to include the different terrain that Saudi Arabia can offer. Winding mountain roads, dunes, fast roads, rocky paths. This consistent terrain change keeps pace. Helps to break and slow down.

“We alternate between difficult and easy stages. The race remains uncertain until the end. The penultimate stage is the most difficult.

“I spent a month with the recce team in Saudi Arabia designing routes and verifying kilometers by kilometer. Due to the pandemic, the extraordinary efforts of the organization condense all REC work in months it was done.”

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