Competition next year, coinciding with the Bicentennial, was presented in Paris.
The organizers of the Dakar Rally in Paris presented the Argentina-Chile 2010 edition of the hardest and most demanding race in the world, which will run for the second time in South America, from 1 to January 17 and changes in its route compared to last year along 8,600 kilometers of challenging roads of the two countries.
The Dakar Rally Argentina-Chile Bicentennial was presented in the capital gala test director, Frenchman Etienne Lavigne, the executive secretary of the National Institute of Tourism Promotion and competition coordinator, Leonardo Boto Ã ?? Alvarez, and the CEO of the organizing (Amaury Sport Organisation – ASO), among others.
“Following the success of last year, the Dakar has decided to cross the Atlantic without losing its spirit, and its value and undoubtedly be strengthened in these tierrasâ € ??, Lavigne said at the presentation, held in the LÂ’Equipe offices of sports daily.
â € œThe organization of the Argentine government and the affection of the public were reasons why we decided to redo the competition Argentinaa € ?? said the Frenchman.
One of the features that have the Dakar 2010 is that the 14 stages will be spread evenly in each country and, this time, the tour does not include Patagonia and competitors will face directly toward the North, as he had hinted in March Lavigne own past during the announcement of the return of the Rally in the Olivos.
The start will be on January 2 from the Republic Square, a few meters from the Obelisk, but the first phase will close in Córdoba and will then travel to La Rioja, Fiambala (Catamarca), ending across Chile.
And in the neighboring country, the Dakar stop in Copiapo, Antofagasta, Iquique, Antofagasta then return, where riders will enjoy the long-awaited “day of rest” – to follow Copiapó, La Serena and saturate in Santiago.
Once the Rally stick around in the trans-Andean capital, it passes through San Juan (another novelty), San Rafael (Mendoza), Santa Rosa (La Pampa) and ends again in the City of Buenos Aires, where he will reached the 8,600 km journey of seven provinces and five Chilean regions. The Dakar Bicentennial will feature the top teams and drivers, including past winners, Giniel De Villiers of Volkswagen, the winner in the gar bikes Marc Coma (KTM Repsol), Firdaus Kabirov in trucks and Josef Machacek in ATV (KM racing).
Argentine pilots will also be heading to the Mendoza Orly Terranova ahead in the car category and Paronelli Marcos, who made history by finishing second in his first Dakar in quads.
Mendoza BMW team had to abandon the race after stage a turnaround in Copiapo when it went before the tenth stage, one of the most difficult of the rally.
Other compatriots who announced that the Dakar will not be lost are: Gabriel Pozzo, Francisco Ragunaschi, Patxi Otaño and Leonardo Monti, Cristian Romero and José Luis Di Palma in cars; Andres Junco, Andres Memi and Eduardo Alan motorcycles are among those who represent the country at the world’s toughest rally.