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Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Libertad (March 21)
This day has two Special Stages, with liaisons at the beginning, middle, and end of the day. There are several designated/allowed assistance points along the highway where race crews can fuel up race vehicles without penalty. There is a gas station in the middle liaison. This is probably the least difficult day, though there is a small dune section that will challenge some. The remainder of the stage is mostly harder soil. The Safari class takes an early bail-out and follows a highway liaison to the bivouac. Be aware the Pemex station in Puerto Libertad at the end of the day does not have high-octane “red” fuel. They only have standard “green” and diesel.
Total combined Special length is 252km.
Total combined Liaison length is 60km.
Puerto Libertad to Puerto Peñasco (March 22)
This day has two Special Stages, with liaisons at begin, middle, and end. There is an “on the clock” fuel stop in the middle of the first Special where race crews may provide fuel to the competitors. Those with 145km fuel range will need it, those with 242km range will not. That mid-Special fuel stop is a couple of kilometers down a dirt road. The dirt road is suitable for many vehicles, but not motorhomes or large trailers. We encourage teams to work together and share resources to minimize the number of crews driving to this fuel point. There is a gas station in the middle liaison. There is one designated/allowed assistance point along the last highway liaison where race crews can gas up race vehicles. The Safari class takes an early bail-out and follows a highway liaison to the bivouac.
Total combined Special length (except Safari) is 314km.
Total combined Liaison length (except Safari) is 65km.
Puerto Peñasco to desert Bivouac near San Luis (March 23)
This day has one long liaison at the beginning, and one Special Stage. Race crews may assist race vehicles along the full length of the morning liaison as long as assistance is render in a safe location off the highway. There is a Pemex fuel station mid-way along the liaison. It is recommended all race vehicles fuel up at the mid-liaison Pemex station. It is also recommended for those competitors with short fuel range to top off their fuel at or near the end of the liaison, before starting the Special. There is one optional mid-Special “on the clock” fuel stop managed by the rally organization (no race crews allowed). For those competitors who need it, they must provide their filled fuel can(s) to the organization the night before (in Puerto Peñasco) so the organization can transport those fuel cans to the remote fuel stop. Those with 145km range will need fuel here, those with 242km range will not. All cars and UTVs that fuel up at this remote spot will receive a 10 minute penalty. There are a lot of dunes in this Special, though not as much as Day 4. This won't be an easy day! The Safari class takes a bail-out at the 116km point in the Special, and then follows an 88km liaison to the bivouac.
Total morning Liaison length for all is 192km.
Total Special length for all but Safari is 221km.
Desert Bivouac to San Luis (March 24)
This day has one Special. It's a loop from the desert bivouac out into the dunes then back to the same bivouac. Following the Special is a liaison into San Luis Rio Colorado for the final podium finish. This Special is the “Big Dunes” day, likely the toughest stage we have ever provided in this event. There is one optional mid-Special “on the clock” fuel stop managed by the rally organization (no race crews allowed). The fuel stop is currently at the 131km point for motos. The whole stage for motos is 170km. Cars, and likely UTVs, have a shortened version, which is a total of 134km long. The Safari course is even shorter, at 84km. All classes go through the same optional fuel stop. All cars and UTVs that fuel up at the remote fuel stop will receive a 10 minute penalty. Competitors are allowed to fuel up and receive other brief assistance from their crew at the finish of the Special at the Bivouac before departing on the final liaison into town for the podium finish. Competitors are required to ride/drive their race vehicles on the final liaison, no trailering allowed.
Total Special length for Motos is 170km.
Total Special length for Cars is 134km.
Total Special length for Safari is 84km.
Total Liaison length for all is 35km.
Details for individual Special stage lengths, individual liaison lengths, and distances between all fuel points will be provided at rally registration in Puerto Peñasco on March 20.
(This page last updated 9 March 2017)