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Dakar Rally set to start in South America

 France's Guerlain Chicherit leans against his BMW car as he poses for pictures prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argenti...
 Volkswagen's driver Spain's Carlos Sainz, center, is surrounded by fans prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thu...
 A woman kisses a kid siting on a truck prior to the technical verification ahead the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thu...
 Volkswagen's driver Spain's Carlos Sainz talks to the media prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. ...

Argentina Rally Dakar

France's Guerlain Chicherit leans against his BMW car as he poses for pictures prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argenti...

Argentina Rally Dakar

Volkswagen's driver Spain's Carlos Sainz, center, is surrounded by fans prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thu...

Argentina Rally Dakar

A woman kisses a kid siting on a truck prior to the technical verification ahead the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thu...

Argentina Rally Dakar

Volkswagen's driver Spain's Carlos Sainz talks to the media prior to the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. ...

Defending champions Carlos Sainz in the cars category and Cyril Despres on a bike return to defend their titles when the Dakar Rally starts on Saturday from the Argentine capital.
Officials say 430 vehicles across four categories _ cars, bikes, quads and trucks _ are expected to begin the race which will cover 9,500 kilometers across northern Argentina and along the spine of Chile. The race ends on Jan. 16 back in Buenos Aires. It the third straight year the race has been held in the two South American countries.
Saturday's start is a ceremonial leg with the drivers following a 370-kilometer route northwest to Victoria, where they will prepare for Sunday's first full race day.


Updated : 2021-03-04 08:16 GMT+08:00