The Dakar Rally is among the least predictable motorsport events of the year – more than 4,000km of competitive timed stages, across deserts, through valleys and over the Andes.
The 2012 edition of the famous event is set to the most wide open event since the Dakar moved to South America in 2009.
The route for 2012 marks the first major revision since the event emigrated to from its traditional home. In every previous year in South America the event has started and ended in Buenos Aires with competitors racing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific with a succession of stages in the Chilean desert.
2012 will push the Dakar’s boundaries out of Argentina and Chile and into Peru. Where in 2011 Arica marked the northernmost point of the route at Chile’s tip in 2012 the race pushes on into Peru, through Nazca – world famous for the mysterious Nazca Lines – and onto the finish in the capital city of Lima.
The Peruvian kilometres add more treacherous dunes to the route further c…
Originally run from DAKAR to PARIS, the race was moved from Africa to south America several years ago.
This year the race will start in Mar del Plata, Argentina and end 14 days later in Lima, Peru.
DAKAR RALLY 2012
As the condor (rather than the crow) flies, almost 5,000 kilometres separate Mar del Plata from Lima.
In 2012, the Dakar will be staging a pan-American adventure of more than 9,000 kilometres 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.