Monday’s seventh stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally has be altered due to poor weather on the stage.
In a statement race officials commented by saying:
Following the cancellation of stage 6 on the eve of the rest day, persistent bad weather conditions forced the race directors to change the course of stage 7 from La Paz to Uyuni. A new course was designed and a new road book was drafted during the rest day.
The statement went on to say:
The new course is an unprecedented combination of the original routes of stages 6 and 7. Today’s 161 km special will mainly take place on sandy terrain, sandwiched between a 400 km link section and another one 240 km long. The special starts at 10 am, with the first motorcycles expected to reach the Uyuni bivouac at 3.30 pm.
Peugeot’s Stephane Peterhansel leads the rally ahead of team mate Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres, not only is it a Peugeot 1,2,3 but it is also a French 1,2,3.