The American Doug Mockett and his navigator Alan Bailey in their ‘flame’ Oldsmobile with number 133 had the privilege of being the first at the startgrid after obtaining the pole-position at the qualification stage yesterday. At the first offical racing-stage, Doug Mockett suffered a puncture at his Studebaker and due to that he fel back to 72nd place. Other protagonists of the day had big problems too. Churchill and Jim Roxbury overturned after the first 6 km on the first stage. But both had had luck and no injuries were caused by the accident. The mechanics worked hard to get their car ready again for the 2nd leg of the race. Final accident of the day happened to Rusty Ward and James Miller lost the control of their car at the exit of a curve. The ‘Police – Studebaker’ fell down a bridge into a river. Luck for them: the river was only a couple centimeter deep.
The multiple Champion of the famous and traditional ‘La Carrera Panamericana’, the French Pierre de Thoissy, who participates in a Studebaker Oldsmobile l with the number 100 on the bonnet, took the first place, followed by the Swedish Lars Stugemo in his Studebaker Number 114 and the third position went to Gabriel Pérez and Angélica Fuentes in a Ford, slipping in the Mexicans to fight for the first place. While the pilots take a well deserved rest, the anonymous heroes, the mechanics are working during the whole night to keep or return the cars to top condition for the next leg.