No matter what happens in a Rally, you don’t abandon your teammate.

AbleGuy

A Son of the Purple Sage
No matter what happens in the Dakar Rally, no matter how bad it gets, you don’t abandon your teammate.*
Except apparently in this case:


(*different rules may apply to certain non-professional road trip co-pilots tho)


“No matter what happens in the Dakar Rally, no matter how bad it gets, you don’t abandon your teammate. And yet one driver competing in the Side-by-Side class reportedly did just that yesterday, in the middle of the world’s most grueling rally raid event, this year taking place in Saudi Arabia.

Xavier Blanco, co-driver for Ricardo Ramilo competing in the #438 Buggy Masters Team car, was stranded 170 kilometers into a 464-kilometer stage, according to reports from Spanish outlets Diario AS and Marca. The split was the culmination of disagreements between the two in the car, seemingly over Ramilo’s driving, which left Blanco fearing for his life.

At one point, Blanco evidently couldn’t take it anymore and ordered Ramilo to stop the car. Blanco got out and refused to continue — so Ramilo sped off without him. The co-driver shared a statement with Diario AS, which has been quoted below and translated (roughly) by Google:

‘I decided to get off when I see that my life is at risk and the pilot ignores. Next, what has done has been to abandon me, literally, I have abandoned myself in the middle of the desert. I did not want to go back up and he said ‘well, there you stay.’...
 
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pith helmet

Well-known member
Reminds me of when I as a kid riding with a friend of my dad. I said something to the effect of “I can walk faster than this!” He started slowing down and said he wanted to see that. I changed my tune real quick!
If you say pull over and leave me, you might get left.
 
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DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
He says "You're a menace, stop the car, I want out." So he does and you do. Then what? Is the driver going to admit he's wrong and change himself? Of course not, he's going to drive away just like you expected. I'm not even sure you can call the driver a total jerk. At least he pulled over and stopped. It IS a race after all. The navigator could have decided to stay at the last check point if he didn't want to walk home.
 

billiebob

Well-known member
Freaking children, Paris to Dakar, ya get out and refuse to get back in, I;d likely drive off too. I mean yer life is hardly at risk. Between support vehicles and the organizers the risk is less than James Bond getting out of a cab in Harlem. Children, childish behavior, I agree with the driver, his co driver deserted him and he will likely be never hired again. He felt his life was at risk ??? LOL yeah well this is the worlds longest, toughest rally. Get some balls buttercup, there is work to get done.
 

billiebob

Well-known member
‘I decided to get off when I see that my life is at risk and the pilot ignores. Next, what has done has been to abandon me, literally, I have abandoned myself in the middle of the desert. I did not want to go back up and he said ‘well, there you stay.’...
probably graduated from one of those schools where all the kids got ribbons on sports day
like catch the next bus ya idiot
 
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