Vancouver Island resident, Don Hatton, is possibly the unluckiest Dakar Rally competitor and by the updates coming in, his luck in 2013 isn’t changing. You could say the Dakar is Don’s personal demon that he intends to conquer.
While reviewing the Stage 3 stats to follow the Canadian competitors, Patrick Beaule of Montreal is ranked 54 but Hatton was MIA. After a bit of digging, updates on his website are as follows:
Don is attempting to finish the special!!! At this point, am not sure how. Apparently there is medical behind him on the course and there will be medical at the finish of the special. Have spoken with Simon who tells me that the 98 kms at the end of the special is road and can be done. They will be waiting in the biouvac for him to come in – will assess the bike then …nat
Hit by a truck in the dark. Bike is broken. Navigation is broken. Stuck out in the dark. People are with him. He can barely talk. 12 kilometres from the end of the Special. He has somehow been able to muster along, now bike is buried in sand again.
Wishing Don a safe end to his journey today and hope all is well!