Dakar Rally Touareg Denis Klero/Red Bull photofiles

The 2011 Dakar Rally will be under starter’s orders in a matter of days. So what better time to brush up on some by-the-numbers trivia…

 

32...

The 2011 Dakar Rally will be the 32nd running of the event since it debuted in 1978. This year, it will be held in Argentina and Chile for the third successive time, and will run from January 1-16.

 

2009...

The year the Dakar Rally significantly changed its race route. Since its inception in 1978, the race started in Paris, France, and finished in Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania in 2008, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in Argentina and Chile and has stayed there ever since.

 

9,030...

The total distance in kilometres for cars and trucks in the 2010 rally (8,937 kilometres if on a bike or ATV). In 2011, of the 14 stages, 11 will be held in Argentina and three in Chile.

 

26...

The number of rally victories by World Rally Championship legend Carlos Sainz out of a career total of 196 races. He also won the WRC drivers’ title twice (in 1990 and 1992). Besides WRC successes, he won the Dakar Rally in 2010, the Race of Champions in 1997 and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 1990.

 

350...

The number of wheels fitted with BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres packed and shipped to South America for the four factory-fielded Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 vehicles – one of which is driven by 2010 champ Carlos Sainz.

 

11,800...

That’s the distance (as the crow flies – it’s quite a bit longer by road) between Volkswagen’s HG in Wolfsburg, Germany, and the rally finishing post at Cordoba in Argentina.

 

430...

The total number of vehicles enrolled in the 2011 rally (easily eclipsing the 362 which ran in 2010). Of that total, 145 will be cars, 183 will be bikes, 33 quads and 68 trucks.

 

51...

That’s how many nationalities will take starter’s orders (there were 40 at the 2010 rally). Of that total, 13 women will participate in all categories and 64 bikes, 21 quads, 50 cars and one truck will be driven by first-time participants.

 

62...

KTM dominates the running order with 62 riders entering the 2011 Dakar rally. Their closest competitor is Yamaha with 43 riders – 14 more than in the 2010 event.

 

28...

The total number of Dakar rallies Japan’s Yoshimasa Sugawara has competed in. The 69-year-old holds the record for the highest number of participations with his final completion of the gruelling motor challenge in 2007.

 

189...

The Dakar Rally will be televised in 189 countries around the world (there were a total of 1,130 hours of coverage in 2010 with close to 1,000 hours of dedicated programs). The accumulated TV audience is expected to reach 2.2 billion during the length of the competition.

 

57,500,000...

Including the logistical costs of transportation, catering and accommodation and the tourism interest generated by the Dakar Rally, the two-week event rakes in €57.5 million for the host countries.

 

6...

The number of days Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and his French co-driver, Charlotte Verney, and their mechanic disappeared for in 1982. On January 9, the trio became separated from a convoy of vehicles after they stopped to make repairs to a faulty steering arm. They were declared missing on January 12 and, after a large-scale search, an Algerian military plane spotted their white Peugeot 504 some 50 km off course.

 

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