The Dakar rally in its 40-year history, several times already. But they survived even the terrorist threat in the Sahara-state-induced relocation in 2009 from Africa to South America. Contrary to initial doubts, has claimed the self-evaluation of the “hardest rally in the world” on the other side of the Atlantic, around 7000 kilometres of the eponymous capital city of Senegal. Until now.

Actually, the French organiser ASO, which organizes the Bicycle race, the Tour de France wanted to extend the rally to the entire South American continent. However, the 2019er edition, which begins this Sunday in the Peruvian capital, Lima, is the exact opposite. It takes place only in a single country, a negative record.

there’s Obviously exaggerated ASO with the financial demands. The previous hosts, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay were the required appearance fees to high. The actual totals are secret, multi-million Dollar. A lot of money for a country whose population has to contend with natural disasters and poverty. Only Peru plays. Of once by up to 10,000 kilometers, the total contracted distance to around half. After all, nearly 3000 kilometers is the total length of the ten special stages, on which the sporting decision. “The track is sure to be less varied than in past years. But it is certainly not an easy Dakar,“ says Dirk von Zitzewitz, German co-driver of the South African Toyota pilot Giniel de Villiers and one of the favorites.

other concessions, contrary to the small Teams. So early-defaulted participants do not have to compete immediately for the trip home, but for the first time to start after the half-time break in of a separate rating. Was a hit in 2018 and introduced category of so-called Side-by-Side vehicles. The number of the approximately 175-HP two-seater Quads has grown to 30. Against the more than twice as strong factory-supported Mini from the German X-Raid Team with the 13-times winner Stéphane Peterhansel and defending champion Carlos Sainz at the top, as well as in South Africa, developed Toyota, you have no chance to win. For that, you use a part of that, it costs only a fraction.