On marathon day the Polish crew Marek Goczal and Rafal Marton left a bivouac for an hour to “try their SSV”. The Dakar organization gave a one-hour penalty.
“The Stewards, having received a report from the Competitor Relations Officer where he declares that SSV No. 430 has left the working park without authorization in the Bivouac Marathon.”
“On 11/01/2021 at 11 h the team manager No. 430 came to talk with the Stewards on his own initiative, and declared that his driver took the car out of the Working Park and the Bivouac Marathon to test the car. The team manager aware that this is against the regulations,, but unfortunately the driver did a mistake due to the ignorance of the regulations”.
Yesterday’s the marathon stage gets under way with a fearsome sequence of sand mountains and 100 km of up-and -down racing almost without interruption. Competitors needed to go gentle on their vehicles from the get-go to stop their engines from overheating.
The first part came to an end with a series of stony plateaus and a mix of winding and fast sections. The area set up for participants to work on their vehicles were off-limits to everyone else.