Enthusiasts Rally Dakar 2022: Appointment is - Route to "80 to 85 percent New"

21:45  11 may  2021
21:45  11 may  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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As in the past two years, the Rally Dakar will take place again in 2022 in Saudi Arabia. The route, however, will look largely different than in the two previous conditions. Appointment for the 43th edition of the famous desert rally is the 1st to 14 January 2022.

According to Dakar-Organizer ASO, the route of the Dakar Rallye 2022 will be compared to that of 2021 to "80 to 85 percent new". Among other things, it goes into the dreaded, 650,000 square kilometers great sand desert RUB Al-Chali. This desert, located in southern Saudi Arabia, is known as the so-called "empty quarter".

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Let's start at the Rally Dakar 2022 already at New Year with the prologue. This takes place in Ha'il in the north of Saudi Arabia. On the 2nd of January is then the first stage on the program and the Dakar-Tross starts to move parallel to the Persian Gulf in the south.

"empty district" as the core of the Rally Dakar 2022

An essential part of the rally takes place in the infamous "empty district". The most dangerous is not the central area, but the edge areas. In just that area, the Rally Dakar 2020 was the deadly accident of the motorcyclist Pablo Goncalves . In the sense of risk minimization, the rally of Dakar 2022 the edge areas of the "empty quarter" are traversed in the form of a non-tapered connection stage.

Route für die Rallye Dakar 2022 in Saudi-Arabien © Provided by Motorsport.com Route for the Rally Dakar 2022 in Saudi Arabia

The route for the Rally Dakar 2022 in Saudi Arabia

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Time dangers is then used for three days in the extensive center of the RUB Chali. And also on the onward journey from the "empty district" out in the edge areas is not on time. Instead, it is for the rest day (January 8) by airbridge in the capital Riad. The goal of the rally is on January 14 in Jedda in the west of the country.

"If you are preparing a Dakar, there is always a story to tell. It was clear that we can not drive in two or three countries, we have considered what we could plan instead," says rally director David Castera.

"Much more sand" than the rally Dakar 2021

"I belonged to the people who told me that we had many rocks and that it lacked dunes," said Castera with a view of the Rally Dakar 2021. "So Let's start in Ha'il. This allows us to start with a sandy section. There, the participants can find their rhythm and tempo. This part is not easy with some dunes, but comparatively quiet, without surprises. "

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dunes and desert sand will determine the image of the rally dakar 2022

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"then", so Castera Next, "It's the south to the 'empty quarter' where there is nothing but dunes. We will find out only dunes for three days, with a bivouac that enables us to return to the origins of the rally. There will be no caravan to sleep. That's the spirit I like And the Dakar had in her beginnings. "

"Then it will say, say, let's say more normal second week, focusing on navigation," explains the rally director and describes the area for this second Dakar week 2022 with "slopes in the midst of large rocks and valleys, but also with dunes ".

Details of the new route still open

Although the exact stages of the Dakar route 2022 are not yet fixed, Castera already reveals that it will be "about 4,000 kilometers of special exams and 2,500 to 3,000 kilometers connection buildings" and that the rally "much more sand as In the past two years "will be.

In January 2020, the 1979 Rally Dakar launched for the first time in its history in Saudi Arabia. Already in the previous year, an five-year contract was signed, which allows the legendary desert rally until at least 2024 in the Arab country.

Flagge: Saudi-Arabien © Provided by Motorsport.com Flag: Saudi Arabia

in Saudi Arabia will discharge the Rally Dakar until at least 2024

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with image material from Toyota Gazoo Racing.

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