Argentina Chile Peru - Three countries for the 2012 edition

Argentina Chile Peru - Three countries for the 2012 edition

08.11.2011: DAKAR RALLY 2012 As the condor (rather than the crow) flies, almost 5,000 kilometres separate Mar del Plata from Lima. In 2012, the Dakar will be staging a


As the condor (rather than the crow) flies, almost 5,000 kilometres separate Mar del Plata from Lima. In 2012, the Dakar will be staging a pan-American adventure of more than 9,000 kilometres in total.

Unlike previous year’s loops, the route will transport the rally from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to those of the Pacific, enabling its competitors to discover new lands and another aspect of South America. The scale of this challenge has also led to a change in the race’s format, which will include 14 days of racing in 2012.

 Constantly guided by the Andes Mountain range, the drivers and riders will be crossing the Atacama, and will experience in particular the diversity of the dunes as they head into Peru.


Dakar 2012 - The route

Argentina: heading for the hills
Grand Start + 5 stages

The competitors will be getting to the heart of the sporting matter on 1st January, after the starting ceremony at Mar del Plata. Used to journeying through Argentina, the riders, drivers and crews will this time be making a bee-line for the Andes Mountains.

Only a few familiar landscapes as well as some first-rate sections, including dunes and canyons, have been selected for the Argentine part of the programme in 2012.

Chile: en route for the Atacama
5 stages + 1 rest day

The rally will enter Chile with a spot of climbing. After having travelled over the Andes, the rally will then start to follow the range to its tip, working their way up between the mountains and ocean.

During this journey northwards, the Dakar will be delving in to the heart of the Atacama Desert, where navigational skill is just as important as the ability to tame the dunes.

Peru: another face of the desert
4 stages + finish

At the level of the sea, the passage of the border is this-time-here painless, but contrast is well real.  Before rejoining Lima, the oldest ones of the rally can prepare themselves to revise their classics. 

The sectors of Peruvian dunes can appear unending,  apart of those who master the mauritanien.  There where the variety of the territories and methods of life imposes as evident, the sands will demand a delicate apprenticeship. 


01/01     Mar Del Plata     Santa Rosa de la Pampa

02/01     Santa Rosa de la Pampa     San Rafael

03/01     San Rafael     San Juan

04/01     San Juan     Chilecito

05/01     Chilecito     Fiambala

06/01     Fiambala     Copiapo

07/01     Copiapo     Copiapo

08/01     Rest day

09/01     Copiapo     Antofagasta

10/01     Antofagasta     Iquique

11/01     Iquique     Arica

12/01     Arica     Arequipa

13/01     Arequipa     Nasca

14/01     Nasca     Pisco

15/01     Pisco     Lima

16/01     FINISH

Bikes: everyone on a 450cc

The reform which began two years ago has reached its conclusion. All the bikes enrolled on the Dakar 2012 will be limited to an engine size of 450cc.

In 2010 and 2011, the compulsory switchover to 450cc for the elite riders led to a more intense battle between the constructors: 4 different constructors were represented in the final Top 10 of the last edition.

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08.11.2011 / MaP

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