By stage A2 this afternoon, things had already heat up for some teams, while others were falling apart. The keen eyed among you may notice that Ken Block’s Subaru is absent from the photos. No, I didn’t miss him. Block crashed out before he reached me on the stage. Listening to the marshall’s radio told the tale. The car was going to require more extrication equipment than just sweep trucks with winches. They were leaving the car and would go back later with the heavy machinery. That is one well buried Monster! Fortunately, Block and co-driver Gelsomino were uninjured.
All this meant that Block was nowhere to be found later in the afternoon, so no interview for The Garage. Oh well.
I decided to head home after the Iron Bridge stage, so I could get some photos up and tell a bit of the tale so far. At the end of the first 7 stages the top 5 were:
1. #2 Subaru Pat Richard and Alan Ockwell
2. #11 Subaru Craig Henderson and Lyne Murphy
3. #1 Hyundai Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard
4. #34 Subaru Nick Mathew and Kelly Mathew
5. #5 Mitsubishi Seamus Burke and Eddie Fries
The rest of the field has had all sorts of troubles ranging from offs to mechanical dnfs. When I left, they had been dropping like flies. In fact there were already 9 cars off the road for one reason or another.
The team at FOC will keep us up to date on the event as soon as they can get some decent wireless.
For now, check out the view from above the water crossing on The Peanut.