The total length of the route to córdoba will be about 9000 km, half of which is 4,500 km, the participants will be in combat mode. To cross the territory of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina have 337 vehicles.
Motorcycles, ATVs, cars, ATVs and trucks from Europe will be the first technical inspection in the French port of Le Havre, and then shipped on the ferry to send over the Atlantic and will cross the Panama canal.
“In Africa in the late 70-ies and now in South America at the beginning of the 21st century riders participating in the Dakar, with one call and the common desire of discovery,” said race Director Etienne lavigne at the beginning of the presentation of the 40th edition.
On the eve of the anniversary of the “Dakar” was prepared by a special route, the drafting of which the organizers took into account the desire of participants to return to the Peruvian dunes. This time they will be able to plunge into the majestic Sands during the first five days of the race. As assured athletic Director Marc Coma, the participants will find all types of dunes in Peru.
Difficulties on the starting leg of the race will lead to the first drop-out rates among participants, but also do not underestimate the difficulty of the route after moving to Bolivia, where the adventurers need extreme stamina to cope with extreme weather and climatic conditions. In General, it is worth noting that the complexity of the race was calculated for the five-time Dakar winner, so that decisive was the third and final part of the rally-RAID in the territory of Argentina.
“The stage “Super Fiambala” [belén – Chilecito], which is for motorcycles and quads will be the second marathon stage, may be the key, if it’s usually hot,” said Coma.
In the application list presented on the presentation is composed of 337 vehicles, which will go to Cordoba, the capital of the Argentine Motorsport. However, to win in each category will qualify only a small group of participants. Undoubtedly, one of them is Stephane Peterhansel, which account for 13 wins in 30 years of career! “Mr. Dakar” and the leader of the Armada Peugeot to contend not only with team-mates Sebastien Loeb and Cyril despres, who went with him on the podium last year. The main striking force of the Toyota Hilux will be Nasser al-Attiyah. Qatari on last “Dakar” was in the lead until the descent on the third stage and was undefeated in the course of last season [in the world Cup for rally-raids].
In X-Raid to be the leader returned the winner of the rally-RAID 2014 Nani Roma. His teammates Mikko Hirvonen and Bryce Menzies behind the wheel of a new car Mini also not averse to challenge opponents.
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In the category of motorcycles after the departure of Cyril despres and Marc Coma clear favorite, still, no. With Toby price (2016) and Sam Sunderland (2017) KTM continued his winning streak, but also the Austrian team can count on Matthias Walkner and Antoine MEO. Leaders Yamana will be young riders Adrien van Beveren, Caimi Franco and Xavier de Soltre, while Honda will continue to rely on experienced Paulo Goncalves and Joan Barreda Board, and also on youth in the person of Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabeck.
Russian team “KAMAZ-Master”, which celebrates 2018 30 years since its Foundation, put up four crews, which will provide drivers Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Dmitri Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov. Opponents of the “Blue Armada” will be traditionally IVECO, TATRA, MAZ, RENAULT, SCANIA, LIAZ.