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Everything is ready for the new Dakar Rally

Everything is ready for the new Dakar Rally

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 30, 2014

On Jan. 4, 2015, the 35th running of the Dakar Rally will begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year will mark the seventh successive year the off-road race has been held in South America. 

The challenging Dakar Rally (involving cars, trucks, bikes and quads) tests the skills and endurance of all who participate in it. Many have called it the world's toughest race and surely there is some merit to that.

It spans three countries covering roughly 5,500 miles over both mountainous and desert terrain in just 14 days. The two classes or divisions will be given only one day to rest up during the entire event.

The break will occur in Iquique, Chile, on two different days. Bikes and quads will have a day off on Jan. 10, while cars and trucks will have theirs on Jan. 12.  

After initially departing Buenos Aires, the looping route will take competitors to Argentina's Villa Carlos Paz, San Juan and Chilecito before venturing into Chile. Once in Chile, they will forge on to Copiapo and Antofagasta before reaching Iquique and resting. 

On Jan. 10 and 11 it gets a little confusing, with marathons between Iquique and Uyuni, Bolivia, but this stage of the event should be particularly exciting for both the drivers and teams. They will be in the heart of the world's largest salt flat.

Racers will return to Iquique from Uyuni and begin their southward journey back to Buenos Aires. The route will then take them through Calama before entering back into Argentina.

Upon arrival, they will pass through Salta, Termas de Rio Hondo and then Rosario before finally returning to Buenos Aires on Jan. 17. 

It would also appear that, out of all the vehicles, cars might be seeing a slight advantage. Apparently, they will experience routes with fairly significant stretches of virgin terrain without having to worry about being overtaken by other vehicles. It's difficult to say for sure what kind of a boost this could create, if any. 

When it's all said and done, it will be interesting to see how many of the estimated 450 vehicles expected to compete will actually make it to the finish line.

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