The Dakar rally 2009 Argentina - Chile

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The 2009 Dakar will take place in Argentina and Chile from the 3rd to the 18th of January, in an amazing course of 9000 km including 6000 of specials between Buenos Aires, Valparaiso and Buenos Aires.
The Dakar rally, the legendary event of the off-road rally discipline, will for the first time go to South America in 2009. During the last thirty years, the race has forged itself a legendary reputation on the African territory that helped it grow and become one of the major events of the international calendar. A first choice sporting competition that mixes great champions and amateurs, the event has become extremely international throughout the years, uniting up to 52 different nationalities.
The Dakar will cross over the Atlantic Ocean for its 2009 edition. On the morning of January 3rd, 530 teams will take off from Buenos Aires, start and finish place of the race: 230 motos, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks, representing 49 nationalities.
By first of all heading south towards the landscapes of Patagonia, the drivers and riders will then have to cross the Andes Mountains before enjoying a rest day at Valparaiso on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The return trip will then take them to the Atacama Desert and notably to the Argentinean provinces of Catamarca, of Rioja and of Cordoba.

Schedule of events:

December 31st, 2008 - January 1st, 2009: second phase of technical and administrative scrutineering at “La Rural” Exhibition Center, Plaza Italia, Buenos Aires. Dakar Village.

* December 31, 2008 from 10 AM to 7 PM
* January 1 and 2, 2009 from 10 AM to 10 PM

Entry Fee: $ 8 Argentine pesos

January 2nd, 2009: Presentation of the vehicles Podium, located at the South of the Obelisk, Avenue of 9 de Julio. Tour of vehicles around the city of Buenos Aires, from 4 PM to 12 AM, departing from La Rural, passing through the Obelisk at Plaza de la Republica. Map.

January 3rd, 2009: start of the first stage from Buenos Aires, La Rural.

January 10th, 2009: rest day at Valparaiso

January 17th, 2009: Arrival of vehicles in Buenos Aires, from 1:30 pm, through Dorrego Avenue towards Libertador up to the Dakar Village in La Rural.

January 18th, 2009: finish in Buenos Aires. Tour of vehicles along Libertador Avenue, between Sarmiento and Godoy Cruz, and coronation of champions.

The Argentine provinces travelled through:
Buenos Aires – Federal Capital
Buenos Aires province
La Pampa
Río Negro
La Rioja
Santa Fe

For more information, route maps and news, visit Dakar 2009 Rally official website.

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