Dakar Stage 7 Honda: Paulo Gonçalves leader halfway

Paulo Gonçalves © DR

The seventh stage of the Dakar Rally 2016 saw no significant changes at the head of the overall leader-board with Paulo Gonçalves topping the table for the fourth day running. Barreda failed to start this morning.

It was a rough return to Argentina, after the two-day sojourn in Bolivia. The day’s 327 kilometre special stage was divided into two parts; the first in Bolivia, followed by a neutralization section, the border crossing, then the second special on Argentinean soil with a planned finish in Salta.

However, heavy rain storms, swollen rivers and flooding were waiting to greet the riders on their arrival back into Argentina, forcing race organizers ASO to call off the second special completely. Consequently, the classifications from the day’s first special, held in the Potos