Monday 6th - Day one - We're out of the trap and we're running
Day one of the event, the Saluki crosses the ceremonial start line at the Emirates Palace Hotel and was waved off by Mohammed Ben Sulayem to begin the 284.45Km first stage.
And they're under starters orders
At the official start, the Saluki is placed at 28th out of 42 vehicles. The first section takes its toll on one of the riders and results in him retiring from the race. The Saluki however is stretching it's legs and by the time it reaches PC1 it's climbed upto 22nd place taking back six places.
By the time they reach the service area the Saluki has continued their gain and are now upto 18th place. Choosing not to stop at the service area they passed through even though a misfire was evident on the engine as they passed the service area. Something for the service crew to work on this evening along side all the normal routine maintenance.
Arriving at the finish check point approximately one hour later they had increased their placing to 15th with a time of 3H 28M 44S.
Day one done and dusted
The Saluki team have moved into the bivouac at Morheeb Hill and setup camp. It's here that the teamwork and spirit of Team Saluki come together. Preparations are underway for the 304.50Km stage tomorrow.