A Hungarian Nissan driven by Laszlo Palik and Gabor Darazsi
overturned only 2.5 kms before the finish near Dabas, C Hungary. The
car suffered heavy damage and it has not yet been decided if the
team can continue.
The American Mark Miller also suffered an accident, rolling
twice in his Volkswagen.
The convoy of competitors is now on its way to Baia Mare in
Romania and includes a total of 234 vehicles: 96 bikes, 17 quads, 82
cars and 39 trucks.
The first edition of the Central Europe Rally, operating under
the Dakar brand, started from Budapest’s Heroes’ Square and includes
4 Hungarian and 3 Romanian (Transylvanian) stages before it ends in
Balatonfured in western Hungary on Saturday.
The 2008 Dakar Rally was cancelled in January due to fears
linked to terrorism.
Carlos Sainz of Spain won the first stage of the Central Europe
Rally on Sunday, driving a Volkswagen. The timed stage took place at
Taborfalva, a town 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast Budapest.