DAKAR 2024 – Stage 9

Once we got GPS coordinates for tomorrow’s rally, we left the bivouac in Hail at night to sleep closer to the morning race. Then we got the exact spot points list and chose a few around the sandy trail with a nice contrast between dunes and black stone mountains.

Over the majority of the 436-kilometer special, the riders, drivers, and crews had to be doubly vigilant by carefully riding or driving to avoid punctures on the rocky portions and then by paying extreme attention to reading the roadbook when faced with the wealth of tracks in front of them. The strongest at this game was Adrien Van Beveren, who could adapt his position of stage opener for most of the day to win in Al-Ula.

Photo stop location: 27.467060N 40.847165E