The 2012 Dakar Rally was forced to cancel its activities for the day as rain and snow prevented a safe pass over the peak of the Andes Mountains.
The 2012 Dakar Rally
was preparing to cross over the Andes Mountain Range for the seventh time in its history on Friday, but authorities were forced to cancel the day’s events after rain and snow created unfavorable conditions at the Paso de San Francisco pass.
"The cancellation of the stage does not benefit you, because it means that there will be 250 km less and so less possibilities to recover time. Anything that means less kilometres and the race being less complicated is worse for me," said Marc Coma, who is currently running second in the competition.
In order to guarantee the safety of competitors, rally organizers created a special convoy that will head to the bivouac at Copiapó in Chile. All rally participants will remain on the link stage while crossing the border between Argentina and Chile.
's Cyril Despres still leads the field after the sixth day with Spaniard Marc Coma and Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues rounding out the top-three. Action will resume tomorrow as the rally tackles a special loop section in Copiapo that features an abundance of dunes.
2012 Dakar Rally Overall Results:
Spaniard Marc Coma remains just less than 10 minutes behind Cyril Despres in the 2012 Dakar Rally after six days
1. Cyril Despres, FRA (KTM)
2. Marc Coma, SPA (KTM) +9:51
3. Helder Rodrigues, PRT (Yamaha) +47:56
4. Francisco Lopez, CHL (Aprilia) +49:00
5. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Husqvarna) +54:47
6. Jordi Viladoms, SPA (KTM) +58:17
7. David Casteu, FRA (Yamaha) +58:58
8. Gerard Farres Guell, SPA (KTM) +1:03:13
9. Stefan Svitko, SVK (KTM) +1:07:26
10. Juan Pedrero Garcia, SPA (KTM) +1:14:04