Rain halts eighth stage of Dakar Rally

  • Associated Press
  • January 12, 2013 - 7:11 PM

TUCUMAN, Argentina - Rain halted the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in Argentina with only 12 cars finishing on Saturday.

It was not immediately clear when the stage would be completed, as Sunday was scheduled to be a rest day.

The stage between Salta and Tucuman was shortened because of flash flooding and the trucks' stage was cancelled.

While the motorbikes got through with mainly only navigational troubles, by the time the cars set off two hours later, dry riverbeds had turned into torrents.

The race was stopped at 88 kilometers, where a river couldn't be crossed, stranding Nasser Al-Attiyah, who was second overall in his buggy, and 2009 champion Giniel de Villiers in his Toyota.

© 2018 Star Tribune