Dakar Rally 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The 2016 Dakar route builds on the pioneering itinerary introduced last year, taking in Argentina and Bolivia this time.

The innovative ‘marathon’ sections have been retained, with a strict parc fermé in Jujuy, from which mechanics are banned: only drivers and co-drivers can work on their cars.

This year’s rest day will be at Salta in Argentina, with all the competitors hoping that there will be no repeat of the torrential rain that caused widespread flooding on the last visit.

Along with the high-speed salt flats of Uyuni, and the soaring altitude of the Andes, these are just some of the obstacles that crews need to overcome on the 2016 Dakar: a true 14-day test of endurance starting in Buenos Aires and eventually looping back round to Rosario.