The Phantom Blogger has left the building, so I apologise in advance for any outbreaks of sanity which may occur from now onwards.
Have you seen the bull-riders in the rodeos? Well, that's pretty much the kind of action we were having on Day 5, because any sequence of small bumps was likely to turn the Beast into an uncontrollable Wild Thing. Having only one working shock on the driver's side of the car clearly didn't agree with it. Every time I pushed, we got axle-tramp (and no, that's not the name of a Guns 'n' Roses groupie). Which meant that when we needed it most, we weren't getting the power down like we should.
But by some miracle, person or persons unknown had left a spare wheel lying around at PC3. In the words of 'Only Fools and Horses': "Where it all comes from is a mystery, like the changing of the seasons and the tides of the sea". Now, had one of our team left it there it might have been construed as illegal servicing on rally route, but that didn't happen. It. Just. Didn't. OK?
Then we had a rather torrid time in some white sand dunes, where the Sentinel alarm went off three times in quick succession to warn us of three different competitors stuck in soft bowls, all of which we managed to avoid. And so it was that we made the finish, an unspectacular 25th on the day. That was good enough to push us one place up the overall standings to a 16th place finish - and still no penalties. But even better, we were 2nd in the Gulf behind our friends Mansour Al-Hilei and Ali Mirza in #217, and that means trophies!
|Team Newtrix at the finish ramp: Ian, Richard, Fred and Sheila|
|Sheila with Camelia Liparoti, 8th in the Quads|
|NewTrix with Nani Roma, winner of the Autos.|