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Dakar Rally Raid - Endurance Rally Racing
Dakar Rally Raid - Endurance Rally Racing
Dakar Rally Raid - Endurance Rally Racing

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Team Peugeot Total - Rallye du Maroc 2017, 4.-10. October. In addition to playing a key role in Team Peugeot Total’s preparations for the 2018 Dakar, the Rallye du Maroc will serve as another competitive dress rehearsal for Sébastien LOEB and Daniel ELENA whose growing confidence saw them set an impressive pace on the summer’s Silk Way Rally. The trip to Morocco will also mark a return to competitive action for Spaniards Carlos SAINZ / Lucas CRUZ who will be eager for revenge after coming second on the same event in 2016.

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A roadmap for the future of cross-country rallying was agreed in a late-2016 strategic meeting between the FIA and representatives from rally-raid's leading manufacturers – X-Raid Mini, Peugeot and Toyota Overdrive.
The new FIA ruleset would apply to the revamped cross-country world championship that is reportedly being planned, but it is not fully clear what effect it would have on the Dakar.

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Dakar organizer ASO to handicap two-wheel drive buggy-style vehicles such as the 3008 DKR based on new regulation. Peugeot to walk away from Rally Raid if the concept presented by the FIA cross-country commission is adopted.
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Two-time Dakar Rally truck-class champion Gerard de Rooy will contest the Africa Eco Race over the Dakar Rally in 2018, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco has announced.
The truck category frontrunner was a vocal critic of the 2017 route, having suggested that Dakar needs to rethink its presence in Bolivia after a number of stages were either cancelled or shortened due to the weather.
Petronas Iveco's main rival Kamaz has campaigned in both events - The Dakar and Africa Eco race - over the past few years, sweeping the two rally-raids in 2017.
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Rally Raid organizer ASO announces Peru, Bolivia and Argentina for #Dakar2018 with start in Lima, Peru at 6th of January 2018.
January 2018 in Peru..... hhhmmm?? And going parallel inland along the coast is asking for it....
We had already enough stage cancellations during last events.....
Fans AND racers want what Dakar supposedly is: A long distance Desert Rally Raid with dunes, sand and heat!!
So, do not get this post as negative, just posting some facts with scientific background.
Did they check the climate prediction center (CPC) and ENSO? ENSO is a single climate phenomenon, it has three states, or phases, it can be in. The two opposite phases, “El Niño” and “La Niña,” require certain changes in both the ocean and the atmosphere
El Niño is officially over according to NOAA’s climate prediction center and La Niña is likely on the way! Because many La Niña events last two or three years, there is already a slightly enhanced probability of La Niña in 2017-18, if history is any guide. In other words the #RallyRaid2018 may be right in the thick of that......
With 9 month to go to #Dakar2018 here some current news out of Peru.
Peru’s president said late last week that the flooding is the worst for the country since one of the strongest El Niño years on record.
"There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said in a statement Friday.
Authorities in Peru have temporarily closed 23 ports due to abnormal waves thought to be linked to a “coastal El Nino” weather pattern, as the country suffers its worst flooding in decades.
The closure through at least Wednesday was ordered by Peru’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation.
Scientists say the coastal El Nino, with ocean temperatures about 5C warmer than normal, has been causing heavy rains in the Andes, filling rivers to the brink and triggering the flooding.
At least 78 people have died and more than 10,600 houses have been destroyed in the flooding, according to the country’s Institute for Civil Protection.
The deaths occurred in floods or landslides in the South American country, where 1,900 kilometers of roads have also been destroyed.
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While there was supposedly some talks/negotiation for #Dakar2018 to return to Peru ( and it is highly questionable with the fallout of of recent devastating downpour for this nation to stem logistics and financial burden for an event of this size considering the time-frame.
Flooding and mudslides caused by intense rains in Peru has now left at least 72 people dead. The scale of the destruction – the worst in recent memory – has seen more than half the country declare a state of emergency.

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French veteran Stephane Peterhansel won the car crown for his 13th career title at #Dakar2017. Defending champion Peterhansel, who has won the Dakar six times on bikes and now seven times in cars, beat Peugeot team mate and compatriot Sebastien Loeb by five minutes.
“Yesterday, it was decided by a flat tire, and that was probably the turning point in this Dakar,” added the champion, who thanked Peugeot for letting their drivers race without team orders.
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Stage 9 Salta - Chilecito cancelled. A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms has cut the road used to join the bivouac 40km north of Jujuy / 160km from Salta.
Most of the vehicles of the Dakar caravan will be able to reach the bivouac of Salta via an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liason by 200km.
A part of the larger vehicles will not be able to use this road!
Tomorrow will be devoted to re-group the race caravan in Chilecito to continue the event with the 10th stage from Chilecito to San Juan.
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Dakar 2017 - Stage 5, driver Martín Maldonado, navigator Sebastián Scholz Vergnolle
CRT Racing Team Mercedes SUV Prototype Colcar Nr.344
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Cars (marathon)stage 7 Jan. 9th 2017 - La Paz to Uyuni stage results top 40
1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) 1h54m08s
2 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) +00:00:48
3 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) +00:03:33
4 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) +00:05:03
5 Nani Roma (ESP) +00:05:32
6 Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) +00:07:09
7 Cyril Despres (FRA) +00:09:07
8 Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU) +00:09:07
9 Boris Garafulic (CHL) +00:10:40
10 Orlando Terranova (ARG) +00:11:17
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