Tuesday, 4 January 2011

EVENT: Dakar 2011

The Dakar 2011
The Legend Continues!

The 2011 Dakar Rally has commenced, without doubt the fiercest test of both man and machine on the globe! As in 2010, this years Dakar takes the drivers through Argentina and Chile in South America.

"An Extraordinary Human Experience: Like the mountains or the oceans, the wide open spaces inspire “the adventurers”. Enrolling for the Dakar is, in a certain way, like climbing Everest, sailing round the globe or rowing round the world. The places on the final podium represent an exceptional challenge, sometimes the challenge of a lifetime.

Apart from the standings, all the competitors are motivated by this resolute desire, an almost crazy dream. Whether bikers, car drivers or truckers, the competitors all share this ambition, a feeling that brings them together. The tradition of solidarity, a principle which is one of the pillars of the “Dakar Spirit”, stems from this shared passion: despite the linguistic barriers, on this level the competitors all speak the same language."

The above map shows the route for the 2011 race, "With more than 9,500 km to be completed, including 5,000 km of racing, spread over 13 stages, the Dakar 2011 offers a dense programme, whose specifics have been adapted to the different types of vehicle present on the rally. The longest distances, both in the special and link stages, are situated on the return journey towards Buenos Aires."

"Founded in Africa, where it built up its legend, the Dakar is by nature attracted to the unknown. The discovery of regions, countries and continents, a rationale of the event, has pushed the Dakar to take a new direction. The Sahara fascinated competitors for almost thirty years, but now the Dakar is attempting to conquer other continents, with an unfailing will to surprise. Having become a nomadic international event, the Dakar draws on a thirst for interaction and the open-mindedness of its competitors, who all crave to explore the deserts of the world."

Maybe one year we'll see the Dakar Down-Under!?

Enjoy the official teaser from Dakar, it has a great sound track so make sure you enable full-screen and turn up the volume!

You can read much, much more on the Dakar Website Here


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