The contours of the Dakar 2024 revealed

The contours of the Dakar 2024 revealed

The organizers of the Dakar, which will still take place in Saudi Arabia, have revealed the contours of the route and some particularities of the 2024 edition.

It is traditionally the first major meeting on the sporting calendar, and 2024 will be no exception. From January 5 to 19, the 46th edition of the Dakar will take place, and the organizers revealed some of its outlines this Saturday at the Château de Lastours, in Aude. As has been the case since 2020, the most famous rally-raid in the world will be held in Saudi Arabia, more precisely between AlUl, an oasis of 32,000 inhabitants (notably co-sponsor of the Australian cycling team Jayco since this season ) and Yanbu, a city of 300,000 inhabitants located on the edge of the Red Sea, passing through the famous Empty Quarter, this vast sandy desert of 650,000 m2. Twelve stages will be on the program, over fourteen days, for around 5,000 kilometers of specials.

The new “48 hours flat”

In addition to the route, which will be 60% new, the organizers have decided to bring something new from a regulatory point of view, with the creation of the “48 hours flat” stage. This stage, which will be held in the Empty Quarter, will take place over two days, with mutual assistance between competitors authorized during the evening.

“When the clocks read 4:00 p.m., all vehicles will be required to stop at the next encampment they come across. Without connection and therefore without visibility on the performances achieved by their rivals, the drivers will camp and then resume their journey the next day at 7 a.m. to complete the part of the route that remains to be covered. The counters will then be read after approximately 600 kilometers of special”, specifies the organization’s press release. For this stage, motorcycles and quads will ride on one route, and cars and trucks on another, so that cars will not be able to benefit from the tracks of two-wheelers and will have to rely on their navigation skills. Registrations are now open to participate in this 46th Dakar, where the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) in cars and the Argentinian Kevin Benavides (KTM) in motorcycles should put their title back on the line. The detailed route will be revealed in the coming months. month.

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