After making they way through the starting podium in Lima, Mikko and Andy took the road to the first stage of the 40th edition of Dakar. After a long road section, they runed the 31 km of SS1 and set the 8th quickest time.

“First stage of the Dakar is done and I’m happy with this start!” Mikko said. “Car felt good but I have to say that this kind of dunes are really difficult. You can go so fast and suddenly, you have a big drop. It is very challenging but that’s what I like! Tomorrow, we start the serious things with the 267 timed kilometers of SS2.

Day 1:

Total distance : 272 km

SS1 : 31 km

Stage results and overall classification :
1️⃣ Al-Attiyah 21m51s
2️⃣ Ten Brinke +25s
3️⃣ Fuchs +34s
4️⃣ Menzies +38s
5️⃣ Roma +53s
6️⃣ De Villiers +54s
7️⃣ Alvarez +1m12s
8️⃣ Hirvonen +1m36s
9️⃣ Przygonski +1m45s
🔟 Prokop +2m04s