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2010 Dakar Rally set to return to South America


The 2010 Dakar Rally will kick off on Friday 1st of January in Beunos Aires

The 2010 Dakar Rally will kick off on Friday 1st of January in Beunos Aires

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Earlier this year the Dakar Rally was held in South America rather than its traditional North African setting due to terrorism threats against the event. For 2010, this trend will continue, with organizers of the Dakar Rally confirming that South America will once again replace Africa as the site for the rally.

Beginning on New Year's Day next year, the rally will last a little over two weeks. During this time, participants from almost 50 nations will start in Beunos Aires, then travel across Argentina and Chile before returning to the Argentinean capital to finish the race.

In total, the Dakar Rally will take competitors on an 8,600km loop around South America, including such milestones as crossing the Andes, traversing the Atacama Desert with five sand stages, and a journey to the city of Iquique. Around three million people in South America will watch the event live, and over one-third of the world's population is expected to view it on TV.

This year, the winner of the South-American based Dakar Rally was Volkswagen, which competed with its Race Touareg 2 TDI - the first diesel car to ever win the event. Now, however, changes to the rally's regulations have been made to put diesel and petrol technology on a more even playing field, and the 2010 rally may well be anyone's event.
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  1. Should probably stop calling it the "Dakar" at some point?
     
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  2. its been the dakar for over 30 years though, and that name is sort of synonymous with the style of gruelling rally that it has become known for... changing it would just be strange for most people i think, even though its held in south america its still the same style of event.

    Just my 2 cents really.
     
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  3. I remember when it used to be a race from Paris to Dakar.
     
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