Roma in fifth place heading into final day of Dakar Rally 2021
Bahrain Raid Xtreme driver, Nani Roma, set out from Al-Ula bound for Yanbu for stage eleven, the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally 2021. Competitors navigated a total of 598km of driving, made up of 134km of road and 464km of special stage.
The recent bad weather forced organisers to shorten the course by 47km ahead of the stage commencing – reduced from 511km special stage – as the rain had erased the tracks in some sectors. However, the dunes remained the main feature for the stage that the Hunter had to overcome.
Stage eleven proved challenging for competitors, with many kilometres to cover and difficult navigation. The second half of the stage – with a series of dunes, canyons and dry rivers – caused many drivers to lose the track and sacrifice time.
Roma, a two-time Dakar Rally winner, and co-driver Alex Winocq, completed one of the rally’s most difficult stages in 18th place, with a time of 05:01:52, +27:28 behind the leader. This maintains Roma’s position as fifth overall for the sixth consecutive stage, +3:15:54 behind the overall leader.