The 29th edition of the Dakar rally is scheduled to start, for the second year running, in Lisbon, but this time after New Year, on the 6th of January. The 14 stages will cover 6 different countries, ending on the 20th of January in Dakar, Senegal.
Drivers and bikers will cover a number of stages before reaching Dakar. They are: Lisbon, Portimão, Malaga, Nador, Er Rachidia, Ouarzazate, Tan Tan, Zouerat, Atar, Tichit, Nema, Tombouctou, Kayes, Tambacounda and Dakar. The traditional podium ceremony will be held on the 21st of January in a closed circuit on the beach, for the first time at Grand Prix du Lac Rose.
Belém, in Lisbon, is again the chosen location to host the start of the race, proceeding 3 days of technical verifications. On the 6th, leaving the capital, the contestants will pass the Portuguese planes, Alcácer do Sal, Grandola, Monchique, Silves and finely reach the marina of Portimão, from where they will take the ferry to Morocco.
From Morocco, the participants will drive through Mauritania, Mali and Senegal, a carefully selected itinerary to avoid incidents such as the death of two children during last year’s rally. Besides safety issues, navigation, GPS, has also been contemplated in the new procedures and rules, suffering a couple of alterations.
The GPS functions will be far simpler. The screen won’t be revealing the ideal course and the pilot’s position, whereas the WPM – Way Points Masqués – will only appear on the GPS when the pilot is in a 3 km radius from the location. The only way to reach the WPM is to follow the indications found in the road-book. Unblocking the GPS to access additional information is subject to penalties and may lead to disqualification.
The Dakar is a race, the toughest rally in the World: over two weeks of hard work and thousands of kilometers over various tracks. Each year since 1979, crews including men and women, enjoy an intense rivalry in the middle of the desert. The final result always rewards an incredible winner. Indeed, more than elsewhere, success on a Dakar comes from a synthesis between performance, determination and regularity.
Beyond the borders of victory, the real essence of a Dakar is the challenge. A competitor battles both with the others but also with himself, in a context where humility is just as important as going beyond oneself. With objectives that match their capabilities, the candidates in this adventure have in common this search for balance.
As a link between two countries, the Dakar takes off to meet African countries with a specific attraction for the desert. As the traditional city to host the finish, Senegal’s capital is historically and sentimentally linked to the rally. However the competitor’s will to discover new places has regularly brought the Dakar organizers to change the race course, with for example finishes in Cape Town (1992), Cairo (200) or Sharm-el-Sheik 2003. Out of total of 53 African nations, the Dakar has visited 21.
In 2007, the rally will start for the second time of its history in Portugal. The race will then head through Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Senegal. Source: Dakar official website
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