First Dakar Rally Pilots Arrive In Peru


The more than 500 participants who will race the Dakar 2019 in Peru from January 7 to 17 began arriving today in Lima to make final preparations for the rally, considered the toughest in the world.

“The Qatari pilot Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota), double champion of the Dakar in 2011 and 2015, and one of the main favorites to get on the final podium in the cars category, is already in Lima”, Mundo Deportivo informed.

Other outstanding pilots of this race, such as the Spanish Isidre Esteve, is also already in Peruvian territory. For this racer, this is his 15th Dakar Rally, after an accident in 2007 left him paraplegic.

“The Spanish motorcycle rider Laia Sanz, will return to the competition after spending the last months recovering from the Q fever that he apparently contracted in Peruvian lands when she came to run the Inca Challenge in September”, the aforementioned media explained.

This year’s Dakar Rally will take place only in Peruvian territory and it is expected that thousands of people will be arriving to see the race in person. The president of CAPATUR revealed this week that Paracas expects 50,000 visitors for this event.

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Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.