Snowstorms in Chile suspend Dakar Rally

STAGE 6 FIAMBALA-COPIAPO CANCELLED

Due to the bad weather continuing over the Andes Cordillera (rain and snow), the Chilean authorities were forced to close, for the night, the border at Paso de San Francisco, situated at 4700m.

The authorities of the traditional rally competition which on this edition includes Argentina, Chile and Peru reported the situation after the climate conditions got worse in the frontier path between both countries during the night.

The situation affects especially the San Francisco path, located at 4,700 metres high and which the drivers had to cross to complete the Dakar tram between Fiambalá in Argentina to Copiapó in Chile.

“Taking into account the meteorological conditions, the Chilean authorities had to close the San Francisco Path,” organizers told the press.

The vehicles will be taken to Chile in a convoy.