Dakar Rally: A much-needed rest day

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Dakar Rally: A much-needed rest day

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Competitors of the 35th edition of the Dakar Rally enjoyed a much-needed and well-deserved rest day on Saturday marking the halfway point of this year’s race.

Marc Coma currently tops the overall timesheets in the bike category.

The three-time champion from Spain is 42 minutes clear of former leader and compatriot Joan Barreda, but he remained cautious about the week ahead.

Coma said: ‘‘There is one week of the race remaining and I am sure I will have some problems. We will see what happens and how can we fix those problem.’‘

The rest day in Salta, Argentina was the perfect opportunity for teams to fine tune their engines and recharge their batteries before the final seven stages.

Spain’s Nani Roma leads the car category 30 minutes clear of Argentina’s Orlando Terranova.

Sunday’s stage seven sees the bikes race from Salta to Uyuni in Bolivia while the cars start and finish in Salta.