Dakar Rally organisers have said the future of the event is not in danger following the official cancellation of this year’s edition. The organisers were forced to call the event off this year amid safety fears in Mauritania, where the rally would have spent eight days.
Volkswagen has completed the squad for the 2008 Dakar Rally: Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin, Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz, Mark Miller / Ralph Pitchford, Dieter Depping and co-driver Timo Gottschalk.
The two times World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz, is driving for the German automaker from June 2005.Sainz shares the cockpit with the Frenchman Michel Perin, who is the most succesful co-driver in cross country rallying, winning the Dakar Rally for 3 years in a row, in 1994,1995 (...) > Full story
Different stages every day, a fast-changing pace, high-speed stretches alternating with technical legs, intense navigation… Racers have to be skilled, on the lookout for the slightest traps, and shrewd navigators, or else they will loose a great deal of time and energy. Because the Dakar will be an extreme challenge again this year, for both professionals and amateurs alike.
1º Stage Portugal: (Saturday 6)
Connection: 115 km ; Special: 117 km ; Connection: 232 km (...) > Full story