The director of the Dakar Rally, Etienne Lavigne, announced yesterday that the 41st edition of this competition, whose route will be covered only in Peru from January 6 to 17, 2019, will be characterized by having short and intense stages on an exceptional geography.
According to information from Andina, Lavigne considers that it is very positive that the 2019 edition of the race will take place only in Peru because the deserts and dunes in the country conform to the standards of the competition and to the demands and tastes of the participating pilots themselves.
“After we did a very good edition in 2018, now with a 100% Dakar (in Peru) we can have a fantastic sports territory for competitions. The geography of Peru is absolutely exceptional”, said Lavigne to Andina News Agency.
The geography of sand and dunes of Peru will allow the pilots to go through stages of “very high quality” and of greater physical exigency and dexterity, in comparison with previous editions of the Dakar rally, said to the media the director of the rally.
In total, the race will consist of ten stages that will be carefully prepared and designed in coordination with the Peruvian Ministries of Culture and Environment to protect sensitive and vulnerable areas.
The race will start on January 6 from Lima heading south, and for the opening ceremony, it is expected to have the presence of the President of the Republic, Martín Vizcarra.