Over the course of 40 years, the rally has given birth to countless stories of human achievement and success. Though originally the rally route was from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal in Africa, security issues have led the organizers to shift the venue to South America since 2009.
2019 is unique in the history of the Dakar Rally as this year the route is restricted to a single nation of the continent—Peru. Initially, Chile was expected to be co-host along with Peru, but it didn’t materialize at the last moment. Other South American countries also refused to host the rally due to the financial constraints.
This year, the 41st edition of the Dakar Rally is expected to be a much bigger success. According to the Rally Director Etienne Lavigne, the Peruvian tracks and the stunning landscape with beaches and dunes will attract strong participation. The Peruvian Government has already declared the upcoming Rally to be an ‘Event of National Interest’.
The rally is scheduled to be flagged off on January 6 in Lima and to finish on January 17 in the same place. The organizers have revealed that the Dakar 2019 will have 10 stages of the competition and a rest day.
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