• Feb 11th 2008 at 4:15PM
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As we reported last week, the Amaury Sport Organization that has held the annual Dakar Rally uninterrupted since 1979 has forged ahead after this year's event was cancelled an account of terrorist threats. They've already announced a new schedule of events called the Dakar Series that will kick off with the Central Europe Rally to be held April 20-26 in Romania and Hungary, and now they've gotten around to picking the venue for next year's official Dakar Rally.
The fine nations of Argentina and Chile will be the new location for the 2009 Dakar Rally. The 9000 kilometer-long rally will be held January 3-18 and use the city of Buenos Aires as its start and finish line. Competitors who have raced in previous Dakar rallies in Africa as well as rallies in South America are surmising that the relocated Dakar event could actually be more difficult than it was before, which is fine with them. Mitsubishi, which has won the Dakar Rally every year since 2001, is also interested in competing again, and all the competitors quoted by the AFP seem genuinely impressed that the ASO has moved so quickly to reestablish the race and grow a new series just one month after the 2008 Dakar Rally was cancelled.

[Source: Associated Free Press, Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you really call it the Dakar Rally if it ends in South America? Let's play Wimbledon in Lagos then? It shows the commitment they have. Give us back the name - you can't have it both ways. A bit more on Dude, where's my rally at http://angryafrican.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/hey-dude-wheres-my-rally/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reply to mk-
      Add to that the medical attention that hundreds, if not thousands of people have received in the past. Many of the indigenous tribes only have access to modern medicine while the race is "in town". Too bad-so sad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Your rally, thankfully, is now far far away from the local savages. We want a race, not a carnage in the name of a slightly different variation of an outdated concept that retards call "god".
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know, I'm married to a Chilena.

      And I will make sure our yearly visit coincides with the Rally. Awesome!
      • 7 Years Ago
      you would think with the reputation the Mitsu-Montero has in other countries they would of still kept it in the US and build Mitsu on the reputation it has instead of the Endeavor CUV...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great news. The rugged landscape and extreme elevation changes of Chile and Argentina will make for one hell of a race.

      Senegalis, Moroccans, etc. can thank their local reprobates, primitives and religious sadists for the loss of revenue.
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