Badawï Trail, Syd Stelvio | Day 12 Al Dhannah to Qsar Al Sarab – 330 KM
More motorways awaited us next, followed by a short regularity and then a touch more motorway before the last regularity of the day. It was to be an early finish for the crews, which I’m sure will be welcome after the length of the past few days and even the La France made it home with daylight to spare. We are deep in the dunes now, and the day’s final reg took the crews on a smooth tarmac road right into the heart of an area that has been used for filming everything from Dune to Star Wars. This competition section wasn’t the most taxing, and hopefully afforded everyone some time to have a look at the spectacular landscape, before having plenty of time to get settled and take in the sunset. In the competition, there has been little change at the top, hardly surprising after a gentle-ish day.
Tomorrow though, is a busier affair, with three competition sections on a 421 km route to Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain in the UAE, where the final regularity of the day will be hosted. For anyone nursing car problems this will certainly be a test, for everyone else there is no doubt another fabulous day to look forward to.