Six Peruvians Celebrated at Dakar’s 2018 Finish Line


Dakar 2018 arrived at its end with six Peruvians having crossed the finish line in Córdoba, Argentina.

Six Peruvians finished the Dakar 2018 rally on Sunday, January 21, in the city of Córdoba in Argentina. With Motorcycles ATV, the driver Alexis Hernández made history with his fourth participation in the race, making it to 5th place overall. This achievement is a first in this division for a Peruvian driver.

On the other hand, Rómulo Airladi arrived last. This was his second time in the rally, where he achieved 22nd place.

As for the car race, Fernando Ferrand Malatesta and Fernando Ferrand Del Busto finished their 8th Dakar rally in 27th place. The Chilean driver Juan Carlos Vallejo and his Peruvian copilot Leonardo Baronio, finished their third race as the 34th place, winning the category T1.S.

The two Peruvians that were able to cross the finish line with their motorcycles were Sebastián Cavallero in 65th place and Lalo Burga in the 84th, who, in spite of his problems with his right leg, was able to make it to the end and finish this rally for the second time.

Hundreds of people experienced the excitement of the sixth stage of the Dakar rally as it passed through Puno, Peru on its way to Bolivia, earlier this month.

According to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros, this sporting event was a great opportunity for the country to stand in front of “the eyes of the world”.

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Ermelinda Maglione

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.