Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto
Sector 3 - Sali - Point Nowhere
Still driving through rock desert, also this part is so barren and featureless that even rocks are rare. The underground is hard rock with the occasional sand patch. Fast, but it might catch you off guard.
And we are continuing this Trek, the third sector being very treacherous when it comes to losing control on sudden patches of fine white sand. The first ones to get caught out and stall are the Fins of LSVRT team who act like they are on snow whenever they spot something white. They are, however, not the only ones who let themselves be surprised by the sand, as also the Keika, the Puttzalong, the Rapido Motors, the Caliban, the ACA Roadcruiser, and the KMC Avventurer had their moments. All but the KMC seemed to have gotten away without any damage though, and even for the KMC it looks minor.
Bigger issues are in store for those who get stuck in the deeper sand spots, and as we fly over the sector, we notice the Bogliq standing stationary. Nix and Hind trying to get the car free from fine and deep sand. The Epoch , JHW Sparrow, and the Sinistra are meanwhile also crawling nearly to a halt when hitting the sandy patches, though I am not sure this is due to traction issues or actual technical problems in putting down the power.
Of the cars racing at the front, the BM Feather seems to have the hardest time this sector, bouncing all over the place due to those small wheels and some bad choices in picking paths through the desert. Others are falling further back due to unyielding technical issues: the Ponni Weekend continues having issues after an early crash: the Ardent is having cooling and exhaust issues again, just as those that ended up dramatically in the first stage; and the Sakura Empress simply continues further disintegration – the reliability of that car is frankly abysmal.
At Point Nowhere, which contrary to our first checkpoint is actually somewhere, but just called nowhere, the first cars are arriving. Before we give you a top ten that has already passed, just an overview of the cars we see standing right now in the service area: Team Desert Stars and the Ninomiya Evron are looking like they suffered some damage and are checking their wheel alignment. The Franklin Rhino of Harcourt-Entwhistle - having a very anonymous race so far – is waiting for their engine to cool down after these three sectors at relatively high speed.
In the top ten though are:
Bramble Flint Chert
Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar
Keika I Safari
LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special
Pengting Torra 273
Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS
SOCAUT Pyrénées V8
TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition
For those still following that’s a clear loss of time of the Caliban compared to the opposition. It remains to be seen if this can be gained back.