The Dakar “is going to be very hard”

Sand, dunes, stones, dirt tracks… It’s always the same, but it’s never the same. The Dakar continues to have the capacity to surprise and for its 45th edition it has wanted to amaze the world with a route of “14 stages, more kilometers in specials and the ‘Empty Quarter’ full of dunes”. This last one is “Gigantic area where sand reigns in its most majestic form” and for David Castera, director of the Dakar, This year the race “is full of ingredients that will make it more difficult” in a rally that has been divided into two very different parts: the first will be a fast and technical week loaded with kilometres, while the second The rhythm changes with the entry of an inhospitable territory, that will require giving up travel and speed.

The final result, as extreme as it may seem, brings together everything that the pilots asked for in their day: “More difficulties, dunes and a longer rally”, which will live its most extensive edition since 2014 (when was played in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile). The route will force to adjust physically, mentally and mechanically to all the participants, but before that there will be time for coexistence in a camp located on the shores of the Red Sea. named as Sea Camp, will be “a kind of town” artificially constructed by the organization to create “an XXL bivouac, much more luxurious than what will be known throughout the tour”.

As the race progresses, everyone will lose comfort, but this reception was necessary since It will mean “a return to our roots” in “a beautiful place to start this rally”, which Castera has designed “for the passionate. Passionate about the Dakar, about adventure and also about mechanics”. How many? Starting with 365 vehicles, they are expected to “enjoy this adventure” in Arabia, the fourth in a row in a territory where “resistance will be the key.” Because as the French insistently remembers, we must not forget that the one of this 2023 “It’s going to be a very tough rally.”

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