The race participants had to overcome the marathon stage (534 km), however, due to weather conditions, after one of the control points, the stage was interrupted.
– A very strong wind is here, the dust rises and almost nothing is visible, – told the “Regional newspaper” Sergey Karjakin immediately after completion of the interrupted special stage. – Everything is fine with us, we drive at our own pace. Two days ahead, now we are on the second line in the general classification. We have a certain margin in front of rivals going behind, we need not to lose it. 46 minutes behind the leading American Casey curry it is unlikely to be able to win back, so we will not force events. We will try to keep our pace and see how events will develop. This is logical, and everyone understands this tactic.
Note that Sergey Karjakin is on the second line in the overall standings, beating the Chilean in third place Francisco Lopez Contardo almost half an hour. Alexey Shmotiev and Andrey Rudnitsky completed the stage in 25th position, and in the general classification they are in the last but one place. Alexander Dorosinsky, speaking in the SUV class, takes the 15th line of the overall classification.