Sunday, 12 January 2014

EVENT: Dakar 2014 Mid-point

Dakar 2014
Rest Day (day 7)

'There was a lot of dust. On the previous one we were stuck in the dust for most of the stage. This one was a little bit better but it also took us some time to pass cars because there is no room. The rally is finished for us so we need to try and go for stage wins.' (Carlos Sainz)

After 6 hard days of racing on the Dakar and a rest day underway, I thought we might visit some of the amazing race incidents of the last 30 years - Some incredible footage!! 

From Wikipedia: 'The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as "The Paris–Dakar" or "Paris to Dakar Rally") is an annual off-road race. Part of the Dakar Series, it is organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America (Argentina and Chile).  It has been held in South America each year since 2009.

The race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs typically making up about eighty percent of the participants. Despite its 'rally' name, it is an off-road endurance race, properly called a 'rally raid' rather than a conventional rally. The terrain that the competitors traverse is much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than the modified on-road vehicles used in rallies. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks, and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres (500–560 mi) per day.'
Inspired to make a small piece of your own Dakar at home? 
Check out ManicSlots' How-to's on building Rally/RAID tracks.


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