Dakar Rally: 2018 event set for Peru, Bolivia and Argentina

Posted on Mar 22 2017 - 11:16pm by admin

Peugeot's French driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret compete during the Stage 11 of the Rally Dakar 2016 between La Rioja and San Juan, Argentina, on January 14, 2016

The fortieth edition of the rally and its 10th on South American soil will hint a course down the Pacific coast.

The 2018 Dakar Rally will begin from Lima, Peru, on January 6 and finish two weeks later in Argentina after passing thru Bolivia, organisers stated Wednesday.

The fortieth version of the rally and its 10th on South American soil will hint a path down the Pacific coast from Peru into Bolivia ahead of turning sharply inland in Argentina to finish on January 20 in Cordoba, organisers said.

The Dakar was in the beginning launched as an African rally however was once transplanted to South the usa in 2009 after terrorism fears pressured the cancellation of the 2008 adaptation via Mauritius the day sooner than the beginning.

details of the 2018 race ranges and the names of the rivals can be launched in November.

"we have no longer raced in Peru for 5 years, a country that marked rivals on the time and there has been a real want to return there," stated course director Etienne Lavigne.

"The coastal desert panorama south of Lima is extremely fascinating for competition with its sand and dunes."

however, the El Nino weather device which is bringing heavy rain to Peru is a concern for organisers.

Heavy rains have been accountable for the deaths of dozens of individuals thus far this 12 months in Peru.

"it is something we’re fascinated about and concerned about… however we went beforehand with the convention imparting the race with the approval of Peru," said Lavigne.

Veteran Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel gained the 2016 edition after a thrilling duel with Peugeot teammate Sebastian Loeb, the 9-times world rally champion who was once second.

KTM rider Sam Sunderland was the primary Briton to win the bike part.

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