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  • Pick up of the vehicles in Le Havre harbour on February, 13rd and 14th, 2019.

The Dakar rally has had a near magical way of demonstrating the exceptional for a long time. Each year, the drivers and their teams face an extraordinary challenge, combining varied, extreme difficulties. For the 2019 event, the traditional set-up has once again been overhauled, and is sure to be one of the most challenging programmes we have ever seen.

Half marathon: a second chance

The Dakar can be very disappointing if you have to give up just several hundred kilometres after the start of the race. This year, the cars, Side-by-Sides (SxS) and trucks that suffer this fate in the first part of the rally will be able to join the race again after the rest day, in a parallel competition. Competing in another class, these vehicles will have an orange plate and will never be allowed to start in the top 25 of a special stage.

UTV Open: a new class for cars

The car category is accepting new light vehicles, that have notably been seen on the American Baja route and will now be trying their luck in the Dakar race. The UTV Open vehicles meet different technical standards to the SxS vehicles, although they are of similar size. SxS vehicles, a different category altogether, where the vehicles will have a purple plate, have made spectacular progress for 2019 and will include new big names such as Ignacio Casale (CHL), Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez and Casey Currie (USA).

Marathon stage: before the rest day

A marathon stage will be organised, spanning both days preceding the rest day. At the end of the 4th special stage leaving Arequipa, the vehicles will be directed towards two different bivouac camps: in Moquegua for motorbikes and quads and Tacna for cars, SxS vehicles and trucks. The competitors will join their assistance crews in Arequipa for the rest day. Then, before resuming the competition, the motorbikes and quads will once again spend a night in an isolated bivouac camp in Camaná to avoid having to drive at night on the long route before the 6th special stage.

Special formats: covering our tracks

Stage Date Start and Finish Bike/Quad Car/SxS Truck
Total | Special Total | Special Total | Special
1 Monday, january 7, 2019 Lima > Pisco 331 km | 84 km 331 km | 84 km 331 km | 84 km Stage 1
2 Tuesday, january 8, 2019 Pisco > San Juan de Marcona 553 km | 342 km 553 km | 342 km 553 km | 342 km Stage 2
3 Wednesday, january 9, 2019 San Juan de Marcona > Arequipa 798 km | 331 km 798 km | 331 km 798 km | 331 km Stage 3
4 Thursday, january 10, 2019 Arequipa > Tacna (Truck / Car / SxS)
Arequipa > Moquegua (Bike / Quad)
511 km | 405 km 664 km | 405 km 664 km | 405 km Stage 4
5 Friday, january 11, 2019 Tacna > Arequipa (Truck / Car / SxS)
Moquegua > Arequipa (Bike / Quad)
776 km | 345 km 714 km | 517 km 714 km | 517 km Stage 5
- Saturday, january 12, 2019 Arequipa Rest 1
6 Sunday, january 13, 2019 Arequipa > San Juan de Marcona 838 km | 336 km 810 km | 309 km 810 km | 309 km Stage 6
7 Monday, january 14, 2019 San Juan de Marcona > San Juan de Marcona 387 km | 323 km 387 km | 323 km 387 km | 323 km Stage 7
8 Tuesday, january 15, 2019 San Juan de Marcona > Pisco 575 km | 360 km 575 km | 360 km 575 km | 360 km Stage 8
9 Wednesday, january 16, 2019 Pisco > Pisco 409 km | 313 km 409 km | 313 km 407 km | 311 km Stage 9
10 Thursday, january 17, 2019 Pisco > Lima 359 km | 112 km 359 km | 112 km 359 km | 112 km Stage 10

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