Badawï Trail, Syd Stelvio | Day 14 & 15
In the fight for the top spots, whilst nothing really changed, Michael McInerney and Jose Arana Villavicencio dropped precious seconds across the entire regularity, allowing Tommy Dreelan and George Barrack to move back within less than a minute of them, after the latter had a superb day posting just 9 seconds of penalty. Best on the day was Filip Engelen and Ann Gillis again, losing only 3 seconds and consolidating a lead that is now surely out of reach in the Classic category. Jorge Perez Companc and Jose Maria Volta, despite their gearbox woes, also managed to strengthen their lead with only a couple of days to go.
A couple of days is a couple of days though, and who knows what might happen. Tomorrow, we tackle our final border crossing of the adventure, with a regularity and a desert section to contest once back into the UAE. It seems quite unbelievable that the penultimate day of the rally is upon us, and after a tremendous evening’s entertainment as the guests of honour at a dinner laid on by the Oman Automobile Association, who have been tremendous hosts whilst we have enjoyed rallying in their country, it is now time for everyone to rest up and get set for the push to the finish.