Del 05/01/2014 al 18/01/2014
The Dakar, an incomparable human adventure whose history has been built in the finest deserts of the planet, is amongst the major sporting challenges of our era.
Fifty nationalities come together each year for this mixture of competition and solidarity whose television coverage is seen by a billion viewers in 190 countries.The Dakar demands off-piste navigational capacities and consistency. More significantly, on rally raids, endurance is paramount, with the slightest flaw proving critical. This mix of physical resistance and technical performance has, over thirty years, attracted champions from various horizons, all wishing to test their mettle and try and tame this out-of-the ordinary event.
For its 6th edition in South America, the Dakar is continuing its exploration of the Argentinean and Chileans regions, by organising a visit to Bolivia. The 2014 route has been marked out between Rosario in Argentina and Valparaiso in Chile, with the aim of testing the endurance qualities of the Dakar’s drivers and teams. Changes regarding the format of the stages have been thought up to facilitate the management of the race and the strategy of each team.
The organisers’ extensive knowledge of Argentina and Chile will allow the stages to be meticulously marked out. To highlight the physical and strategic aspects comprising the essence of off-road races, the 2014 Dakar will boast longer special stages and shorter liaison sections. The distinctive features of North West Argentina’s tracks and the dunes will require the drivers to be attentive at all times and the Atacama Desert will appear in a new light with the difficulties that the vehicles will face there. With several marathon stages on the agenda, managing mechanics will be even more vital to ensuring the vehicles’ performance.
Dakar in Argentina
With almost 3,500 kilometres between the Bolivian border and the extremities of Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina is the size of a country-continent. Its expanse, both from north to south and east to west, gives the country several different facets. In terms of climate, relief or way of life, Argentina's variety is characterised by the many regions which form it. While there are many different types of scenery, the Argentineans’ love of motor sports is uniformly spread throughout the country. From Buenos Aires, where the competitors first experienced mingling with the crowd, to San Miguel to Tucuman, where the 2013 rest day provided an opportunity for a spectacular party, to Mar del Plata, whose beaches were deserted by holidaymakers who wanted to meet the drivers of the 2012 Dakar, the rally's popularity has never waned. More than 13 million spectators have come to see the spectacle in Argentina provided by the Dakar since it came to South America.
The Argentineans have experienced great moments of happiness with the drivers who have represented them in the rally. In recent years, their flag bearers have proved their ability to succeed in almost every category. In January, Orlando Terranova followed in the footsteps of Lucio Alvarez by also finishing in 5th place in the final over standings, with a victory in the special stage into the bargain. In the motorcycle category, Javier Pizzolito also lived up to expectations by finishing in the Top 10. And in particular, the Patronelli field day continued with the victory of Marcos, who won his second quad title, bringing the family’s number of trophies to four, following that of his brother Alejandro the year before.