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W2RC: acte II, scene I


December 2 nd 2022 - 13:50 [GMT + 3]

In their second year in a revamped format, bringing together the FIA and FIM in a shared adventure, the World Rally-Raid Championships will take place over five legs in 2023.
The 45th edition of the Dakar will get the ball rolling on December 31.

Les débats se poursuivront sur l’épreuve la plus ancienne du calendrier des championnats (ex-coupe du monde), à savoir l’Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge avec un nouveau festival de dunes. Le changement de terrain permettra à d’autres styles de pilotage de s’exprimer en mettant le cap sur l’Amérique centrale et le Sonora Rally au Mexique à la fin avril. La deuxième partie de la saison se jouera d’abord en Amérique du Sud, plus particulièrement en Argentine, une terre de Dakar que beaucoup de pilotes retrouveront à l’occasion du Desafio Ruta 40 au mois d’août. La finale du W2RC se tiendra sur la scène traditionnelle du Rallye du Maroc à la mi-octobre.

Khalid BIN SULAYEM Organiser of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

"For more than thirty years, we have had the privilege of hosting the elite in the Rally-Raid discipline in the United Arab Emirates. Joining the FIA and FIM world championships is a means of taking this process a step further. We wish to support the development of the discipline and raise it to the highest standards in all domains, especially in terms of safety. In view of the efforts made by the W2RC, promoter A.S.O. and our fellow organisers, we believe that this approach is both refreshing and constructive for the future of our sport."

Darren SKILTON Sonora Rally director

"We are both honoured and excited to be joining the world Rally-Raid championship.
It is a major turning point, not only for the American all-terrain community, but also for the state of Sonora in Mexico. This development is what we have been working for since the beginning, so to see this  become reality is a dream come true. One of our main motivations is to bring together and develop a group of American competitors, both amateurs and professionals, with a view to participating in Rally-Raids and the Dakar."

David ELI Organiser of the Desafio Ruta 40

We are delighted that the Desafio Ruta 40 is back on the programme for the world championships. The rally was organised for the first time in 2010, and 2023 will witness its 11th edition. Since its beginnings, the race has reflected the essence of the Dakar, exploring Argentina from north to south, crossing breath-taking landscapes whilst proposing demanding stages thanks to a broad variety of terrains. At MasEventos, we have considerable organisational know-how and for this new edition we will be preparing a significant challenge in terms of both driving and navigation. It will be stimulating for riders, drivers and crews from all around the world.

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