Dakar Rally 2011 Feed
by Tim Sturtridge
Relive the blood, sweat and gears of the 2012 Dakar Rally with a quick word from the major players at the desert classic. Feel the highs and lows of the world's toughest test of endurance racing as...
Dakar Competition: Win signed Dakar 2012 roadbooks and KTM Team jerseys from Dakar legends Cyril Despres and Marc Coma....
Dakar Rally 2012: The Final Stages | Photostory Jan 18, 2012
As the Dakar 2012 has become history, we bring you a selection of outstanding photos from our man in the dust, Marcelo Maragni.
Dakar 2012: Coming down the stretch to Lima Jan 17, 2012
The 14th and final stage of the Dakar Rally saw little change to the standings from Stage 13. With the tops spots all but cemented in, the race from Pisco to Lima was more of a victory lap than a...
by Giniel de Villiers
2009 Dakar champion Giniel de Villiers steered his Toyota Hilux to a third-place finish on the car’s Dakar debut. The South African tells us how it was done…
- Argentina, Chile, Peru
- JAN 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- JAN 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM
In 2012, the Dakar will be staging a pan-American adventure of more than 9,000km in total. Unlike previous year’s loops, the route will transport the rally from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to those of the Pacific, enabling its competitors to discover new lands and another aspect of South America. The scale of this challenge has also led to a change in the race’s format, which will include 14 days of racing in 2012. Constantly guided by the Andes Mountain range, the drivers and riders will be crossing the Atacama, and will experience in particular the diversity of the dunes as they head into Peru.
The competitors will be getting to the heart of the sporting matter on January 1, after the starting ceremony at Mar del Plata. They will for the first time be making a bee-line for the Andes Mountains. The rally will enter Chile with a spot of climbing. After having travelled over the Andes, it will then start to follow the range to its tip, working their way up between the mountains and ocean. During this journey northwards, they will be delving in to the heart of the Atacama Desert, where navigational skill is just as important as the ability to tame the dunes. At sea level, crossing the border into Peru will seem relatively painless, until they hit sections of never-ending Peruvian dunes, where only the best will master the Mauritanian.