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PostSubject: Dakar Rally 2012, starts in 19 days   13th December 2011, 12:35



"A challenge for those who go on. A dream for those who stay behind." This is how the founder of the Dakar Rally, Thierry Sabine, once described his inspiration for the most fascinating rally event on the international motorsport calendar. Since 1978, courageous drivers on motorcycles, quads, in cars and trucks have been demonstrating their ability as they make their way through the desert on the world's most infamous endurance rally.

Up to 2008, the event was held exclusively in Africa, and was initially known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" due to the location of its start and finish. Over the course of time, the route and the start and finish locations have changed several times. In 1995 the rally started elsewhere other than Paris for the first time. "Paris-Dakar" became "Dakar". Then, in 2009, the unsettled political situation in some African countries saw the event moved to South America, where it has been held since – and has lost none of its original appeal.

In 2012 the route of the Dakar Rally is over 8000 kilometres from the Atlantic coast in Argentina and across the continent of South America to Chile, until the rally eventually reaches Peru. Vast desert landscapes, craggy canyons, impassable pebbly plains and, last but not least, the Andes will once again make life difficult for the competitors.

All this makes the Dakar Rally a unique challenge for man and machine. Unlike rallies such as those in the World Rally Championship (WRC), this marathon rally does not take place on designated, blocked-off roads and routes, but on open, largely unmarked terrain. Each entrant must first and foremost rely on his/her driving skills.

Amongst all this is the X-raid team with its five MINI ALL4 Racing cars. A powerful 315 bhp, three-litre diesel engine and four-wheel drive make the MINI ALL4 Racing the ideal vehicle for a strenuous trip through the desert.

The competitors must complete up to 800 kilometres per day – a nerve-wracking, two-week marathon, during which the organisers only allow the drivers one rest day. No wonder more than 50% of entrants retire from the Dakar Rally each year. Whatever happens, everyday will be an exciting day when the Dakar Rally gets underway on 1st January 2012.

From December onwards, we will provide you with more first-hand information, as the X-raid team enters the crucial final stages of its preparations for the 2012 Dakar Rally, and as the start of the spectacular marathon in South America approaches.

http://www.minimotorsport.com/en/dakar/general_info
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PostSubject: Re: Dakar Rally 2012, starts in 19 days   8th January 2012, 17:39

I'm having to watch this every evening.... I'm confused. Yesterday it was 48 degrees but the stage was abandoned because of snow?????????

Strange scenery.
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