OFFICIAL coverage thread - Intercontinental Rally 2014

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    Date: Jan 23, 2014
    Route: Mhamid – Icht
    Length: 445km
    Country: Morocco
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    Date: Jan 24, 2014
    Route: Icht – Smara
    Length: 495km
    Country: Morocco
    Character: competition

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #6: Smara - Boujdour & Lite Class Final Ceremony</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 06
    Date: Jan 25, 2014
    Route: Smara - Boujdour
    Length: 415km
    Country: Morocco
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #7: Boujdor - Dakhla</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 07
    Date: Jan 26, 2014
    Route: Boujdor - Dakhla
    Length: 360km
    Country: Morocco
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #8: Dakhla – Bon Lanuar</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 08
    Date: Jan 27, 2014
    Route: Dakhla – Bon Lanuar
    Length: 420km
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #9: Bon Lanuar - Altar</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 09
    Date: Jan 28, 2014
    Route: Bon Lanuar - Altar
    Length: 515km
    Country: Mauritania
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    In the motorbike class, Julian Merino suffered a mechanical problem and lost valuable time in the overall competition now firmly in Victor Rivera’s control. In the cars the Austrian Friraid team scored a narrow victory over the Glad.dk Bowler.

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #10: Altar - Akjoujt</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 10
    Date: Jan 19, 2014
    Route: Altar - Akjoujt
    Length: 240km
    Country: Mauritania
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="ReportHlavicka">Stage #11: Akjoujt - Nouakchott</td></tr><tr><td class="GalerieAlbum" style="padding-top: 6px;"><table style="background: url('obrazky/pozadi_report.jpg') no-repeat 95% 100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 30%; vertical-align: top; text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td><td style="width: 27%; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; padding-left: 0px">Day: 11
    Date: Jan 30, 2014
    Route: Akjoujt - Nouakchott
    Length: 450km
    Country: Mauritania
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    Date: Jan 31, 2014
    Route: Nouakchott - St.Louis
    Length: 315km
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