The organisers of the Dakar have taken into account the declarations of the French Government recommending French citizens not to go to Mauritania on the occasion of the rally.
In order to comprehend the situation, they will contact the French and Mauritanian governing authorities to get information on new elements that might have motivated this communication despite the insurances given by the Mauritanian government.
Serenity has a Name... Mitsubishi
Holder of the biggest number of victories of the rally (12), the Japanese manufacturer is again favorite and can count on the support of its star pilot Stéphane Peterhansel, the 2007 winner. Manager Dominique Serieys is taking stock of this fact - without any pressure - at scrutineering:
"We have no doubt but we have no complacency either. Yes, we’ve had a great deal of successes but we know our teams can always make mistakes. This is what the Dakar is about: it is first and foremost a human adventure with everything it implies."
With 16 Dakars on his team leader track record, the Mitsubishi Team Manager knows that the car provided to his four pilots is reliable: "Last year, the Pajero Evo 2 was only 9 months old. We are coming to this edition with a now mature vehicle: we won four of the five races we participated in in 2007."
Casteu Without Assistance Again
Second of the 2007 edition of the Dakar, David Casteu arrived in Belém way before he was supposed to, impatient of being in touch with the world of biking again. Unfortunately his crew is a bit shaken by the problems encountered by one of the KTM assistance trucks stuck on the highway near Barcelona:
"It’s not too bad; they will just arrive a bit late because they have to do some repair before they can be back on the road. Worst case scenario the truck will go through scrutineering tomorrow.
What bothers me is that the truck holds some parts I could have used before putting my bike in the parc fermé but it’s not overly important."
Star Cars and Cars of Stars...
The dakarsport.com team certainly made quite an entrance on the scrutineering site in Belém. No less than 60 people accompanied the cars of the Dutch team. This whole turmoil made mechanics dizzy mainly when flashes went off and hords of journalists packed around the orange and blue cars.
This team - gathering 8 nationalities - is indeed gratified with extraordinary media coverage amongst other things because of the presence in its midst of two stars of the small screen, Chris Zegers and Tim Coronel. The first one is the anchorman of a documentary show called Travel Adrenaline and the second the presenter of a program called Auto Xperience, names that are well-known and familiar to Dutch TV viewers.
In addition to their own shooting teams, the pilots enjoy full television coverage from Dutch television RTL TV that broadcasts a daily show on the rally. Add to this the deals signed between the team and four radio stations, two photographers following them during the whole raid and three reporters whose eyes will be on them only and the media circle is closed.
An American-style Show for Team Dakar USA
It’s on the occasion of a press conference looking like a demonstration of strength that Team Dakar USA put on a true arrival show on the 2008 edition of the Dakar.
Present since last night at the rally scrutineering, both pilots Robby Gordon and Ronn Bailey, the only ones driving a Hummer in this edition, unveiled their respective aims today at 2:00 PM: victory for Robby and a place in the Top 20 for Ronn.
Nascar champion and the first American to win a special and finish 8th in the 2007 Dakar, his mind is set on winning this time with a vehicle that is 500 kg lighter than last year. "In the sand, my Hummer is scary, scary fast I mean!", he shouted with a smile. The Americans have arrived and they are ready to put on quite a show.
The Return of the Turkish Duo
Kutlu Torunlar and Kemal Merkit, who collected the tough times in the 2007 edition, managed to get to Dakar despite a long list of mishaps in last year’s race. Both bikers kept on going through harder times when they got back to Istanbul with the many injuries that called for them to undergo treatment for quite a while:
"I had a shoulder surgery, then I had another operation in the ligaments of my knee, so I spent six months at full rest. And the other six months I did not train either", says Kutlu jokingly! But the lack of preparation did not bring the companions to despair; they still intend to get to Lake Rose this year as well:
"This time we will change our strategy and take it slow in the beginning because the trails in Morocco are really deadly."
Trucks, the New Deal...
A new year and a new race for the trucks enrolled in the Dakar. With more than 100 participants - a record in this category - the truck category is starting up a new era with the implementation of simplified regulations.
"The homologation procedure of the FIA - applicable as of January 1st - respond to a need for greater fairness and simplicity. The Federation considered that there were standard production trucks and modified trucks" adds Fabien Calvet, in charge of trucks at ASO.
For the latter vehicles, the rule is now simple. The axis of the axle is used as a basis. The cab cannot be pushed back by more than 900 mm. The engine wheel must be at maximum 140 mm and the height of the chassis at maximum 450. "Finally simple and easy-to-control rules" summarizes Fabien Calvet.
Yvan Muller: This is a Whole Different Challenge
"A new car, a new challenge". After a first conclusive experience next to René Metge last year, Yvan Muller is embarking upon an even more difficult Dakar.
It is indeed behind the wheels of a one-seater buggy that the Alsatian showed up at scrutineering in Lisbon.
"This is a whole different challenge. It’s completely different". In addition to driving, the pilot who is used to the production world championship will have to get acquainted with navigation, mechanics and - more importantly - not get stuck in the sand.
"I want to finish, that’s my only goal. There are 9,500km to do in 15 days. So just wishing to finish the race is already ambitious enough. I want to go beyond what I’m capable of, this is what I’m looking for."
’Semolina’ Sticks Like Glue
Etienne Smulevici, a.k.a. Semoule which means semolina in French, did not miss the opportunity to make an entrance on the Dakar accompanied by his co-pilot Gilles Tixador. "Hello ladies", is what he shouted as he draged himself out of his two-seater buggy before shaking the first hands he could find along the way.
Hands of the ’old foxes’ who had actually rushed to great him. Record holder in the number of participations and arrivals in Dakar, the spirited 60 year-old says he is "as happy as the first time", adding that he "loves to enjoy these brief moments of reunion before the start".
His ’first time’ was 26 years ago! When will he stop? To the question, he answers solemnly: "I told my friends and my family that I intended to quit the Dakar adventure as soon as I will have participated...50 times".
People laugh around him. When he stops laughing, he tells about his goals: "improving my record of 19 arrivals and being amongst the top 15". This is a closed club he has had no access to... so far.
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Ein letzter Blick auf die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Lissabon, dann geht’s los
- Das Wetter bleibt schlecht, Sturm und Regen führen in Lissabon zu Überschwemmungen
- Zwei Teams mit der gleichen Startnummer – kleine Probleme vor dem weiter >>
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Noch 2 Tage bis zur 30. Rallye Dakar
Unbarmherzig wird die Uhr weiter laufen, vom Start der Rallye Dakar am 05. Januar in Lissabon bis zum Ziel am 20. Januar in Dakar. Wer am wenigsten Zeit verliert, beispielsweise durch Festfahren im Sand oder Navigationsfehler, weiter >>
Will Carlos Sainz’s third participation be the right one? The two times world champion declares that his aim is not to win stages but to win the Dakar.
How did you analyze and sort out the mechanical problems you had last year? weiter >>
Winner in 2006, the Catalan pilot lost the last Dakar in the antepenultimate stage. A navigation error and a fall deprived him from a second victory. He comes back with the exact same ambition and with the title of 2007 Rally World Champion up his sleeve.
Apart from the disappointment of the last Dakar, 2007 was a great year…
I am very weiter >>
The aim: a record. After having had to quit last year, the Czar Vladimir Chagin, commander in chief of the Kamaz army is back in Lisbon more motivated than ever.
The Russian firmly intends to steal his crown back from Hans Stacey, and reach the legendary record of Karel Loprais, i.e. 6 victories in the truck category of the trickiest of all rally raids.
The second day of technical scrutineering and administrative checks is starting at the Cultural Center in Belem and it will certainly be a busy one. Only about 10 vehicles that were not able to get to Lisbon on time yesterday delayed their round of checks by a day.
In the morning the highlight will be around 10:00 AM with the arrival on site of the Mitsubishi armada with weiter >>
A few centuries ago, the Tagus estuary was already an invitation to travel and discover. In front of the Hyeronimites Monastery, a huge monument pays tribute to the navigators who were the pride and joy of the country, like Vasco de Gama or Ferdinand Magellan. It’s in t weiter >>
Their eyes bright with envy, there were many kids watching this morning the strange ballet of the first race cars, bikes and trucks arriving in Lisbon. For the children and their parents, it was about time for the Lisboa Dakar Village to open its doors; this is an entertaining place where competitors are introduced between two scrutineering sessions before the big start.
Safety: 10 minutes to Review the Basics
When the wind blows in the desert and brings the dust back towards the right, where does a biker need to ride when he has been warned that a car is about to pass him? Easy! Well... not really if you listen to the people in charge of the Sentinel system, who have established their HQ in the administrative checks tent. So weiter >>
BFGoodrich genießt bei Teams und Fahrern höchstes Vertrauen Anpassen des Luftdrucks schöpft das Optimum der Reifen aus Enge Zusammenarbeit als Basis des Erfolgs
Die Reifen bei der Rallye Dakar - ein weiter >>
Auf den ersten Sonderprüfungen der 30. Rallye Dakar 2008 sind schwierige Verhältnisse zu erwarten!
- Schlechtes Wetter in den Tagen vor dem Start sorgt für tiefe, schwierige Pisten in Europa
- Die Konkurrenz ist wie jedes Jahr groß, es weiter >>
Noch 3 Tage bis zur 30. Rallye Dakar
Durch ein Meer aus Sand, länger und härter - die Route zur Jubiläumsausgabe der Rallye Dakar verlangt den Teilnehmern bereits vor dem Start eine gehörige Portion Respekt ab.
Dieser 16 Tage währenden Herausforderung weiter >>
He calls himself the Mac Gyver of the checks; he’s in charge of contacts with the bikers registered in the race.
During the scrutineering, Marcel Pilet has a lot to do: first, marking in the vehicles arriving; then pointing competitors in the right direction, as they can be a bit lost in the large site of Belem and finally comforting and guiding the participants who are weiter >>
Just a few days before the start of the 30th edition of the Dakar, bets are open on most of the on-line gambling and betting websites. In the car category, one of the best known sites offers a list of 16 pilots to bet on.
With odds of 2.90 to 1, Giniel De Villiers - even if he never won the rally raid - is the favorite, just ahead of his Volkswagen team mate Carlos Sainz weiter >>
For the third year running, it’s at the Cultural Center in Belem that the technical scrutineering and administrative checks preceeding the start of the Dakar are taking place.
For three days, all vehicles registered in the race or as assistance vehicles will be submitted to the close scrutiny of the marshals. First, pilots and co-pilots will have to go through the "round weiter >>
Administrative checks and technical scrutineering in Lisbon, for all competitors and assistances -
What if time had come? The uninterrupted series of victories conquered on the Dakar ever since 2001 has eased the Mitsubishi drivers to the rank of Dakar ‘unbeatables’ a weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 28ème LISBOA – DAKAR
• Start : 31th december 2005 from Lisboa (Portugal)• Finish : 15th january 2006 in Dakar• Rest : 8th janvier at Nouakchott (Mauritania)• Length of rally : 9.043 km• Number of kilometers of specials : 4.813 km• Countries crossed : Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Senegal
NUMBER OF C weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN NUMBERS 27th BARCELONA – DAKAR
• Start: 31st of December 2005 in Barcelona (Spain)• Finish: 16th of January 2005 in Dakar• Rest: 9th of January in Atar (Mauritania)• Distance of the rally: 9.039 km• Kilometres of special: 5.433 km• Countries crossed: Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali,Senegal
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 688 weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 26th REGION D’AUVERGNE – DAKAR
• Start: 1 january 2004 from Région d’Auvergne• Finish : 18 january 2004 in Dakar• Rest : 12 january at Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso)• Length of rally : 9.506,5 km• Number of kilometers of specials : 4635,5 km• Countries crossed : France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Senegal weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 25th MARSEILLE – SHARM EL SHEIKH
• Start: 1st January 2003 from Marseille• Finish: 19th January 2003 in Sharm El Sheikh• Rest Day: 13th January at Siwa (Egypt)• Length of rally: 8,552 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 5,216 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
NUMBER OF COMPETITO weiter >>
More kilometres in Specials, less connecting kilometres
"Proud of its place in the history of motor sports and beyond, LE DAKAR is mainly an event of its time with men and women of their time, concerned by the problems of their time". With these words Etienne Lav weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 24th ARRAS - MADRID - DAKAR
• Start: 28th December 2002 from Arras• Finish: 13th January 2002 at Dakar (Lac Rose)• Rest day: 6th January 2002 at Atar• Length of rally: 9,436 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 6,486 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 23rd PARIS - DAKAR
• Start: 1st January 2001 in Paris (Champs de Mars)• Finish: 21st January 2001 in Dakar (Lac Rose)• Rest day: 11th January 2001 in Atar• Length of rally: 10,219 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 6,180 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal
NUMBER OF weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 22nd TOTAL - DAKAR - CAIRO
• Start: 6th January 2000 from Dakar (Senegal)• Finish: 23rd January 2000 in Cairo (Egypt)• Rest Day: No rest day• Length of rally: 7,863 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 5,012 km• Countries crossed: Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, Egypt
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 401 weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 21st TOTAL - GRANADA - DAKAR
• Departure: 1st January 1999 from Grenada (Spain)• Arrival: 17 January 1999 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 9 January 1999 in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)• Length of rally: 9,393 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 5.638 km• Countries crossed: Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mal weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 20th PARIS - GRANADA - DAKAR
• Departure: 1st January 1998 from Versailles (Place d’Armes)• Arrival: 18 January 1998 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 11 January 1998 in Gao• Length of rally: 10,593 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 5,219 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 19th DAKAR - DAKAR
• Departure: 4 January 1997 from Dakar• Arrival: 19 January 1997 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 12 January 1997 in Agadez• Length of rally: 8,049 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 6,509 km• Countries crossed: Senegal, Mali, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Senegal
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 280 weiter >>
Eighth overall in 2007 and the victory on stage six, Robby Gordon is convinced he could be the first American to win the Dakar in the car category. To take on this challenge; the six time US off-road champion is back this year with a reinforced team, both in terms of equipment and man power.
The Qatari driver, who won his first special stage and finished 6th in 2007, has become more and more competitive each year. For his 5th participation, his ambition is to run among the leaders and rely on his speed.
Is the penalty episode that prevented yo weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 18th GRANADA - DAKAR
• Departure: 30 December 1995 from Grenada (Spain)• Arrival: 14 January 1996 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 7 January 1996 in Zouerat (Mauritania)• Length of rally: 7,579 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 6,179 km• Countries weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 17th GRANADA - DAKAR
• Departure: 1st January 1995 from Grenada (Spain)• Arrival: 15 January 1995 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 8 January 1995 in Zouerat (Mauritania)• Length of rally: 10,109 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 5,725 km• Countries crossed: Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Senegal
NUMBER OF CO weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 16th PARIS - DAKAR - PARIS
• Departure: 28 December 1993 from Paris• Arrival: 16 January 1994 in Paris (Eurodisney)• Rest: 6 January 1994 in Dakar• Length of rally: 13,379 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 4,446 km• Countries crossed: France, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, France
N weiter >>
During the whole of Thursday in Nouakchott, Etienne Lavigne Director of the Dakar met the Mauritanian and French authorities in order to examine with them the security conditions in which the rally could be held.
Thorough discussions took place with Monsieur Amjane the Cabinet Director of the Republic’s presidency, the authorities of the Ministry of Defence and t weiter >>
1. Etappe: Lisbon – Portimão
Samstag, 05. Jänner 2008
Etappe: 104 km SP: 120 km Etappe: 262 km Gesamt: 486 km
Die diesjährige Rallye Dakar wird mit einer komplett neuen Sonderprüfung eröffnet – und diese erinnert die Fahrer in manchen Abschnitten gleich e weiter >>
15 beinharte Sonderprüfungen liegen zwischen Lissabon und Dakar
9.273 Kilometer insgesamt, davon 5.736 Kilometer als Sonderprüfung. Eine beinahe unglaubliche Strecke, die von den Teams bei der Rallye Dakar zwischen 05. und 20. Jänner 2008 zurückgelegt wird – werden mu weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 15th PARIS - TANGER - DAKAR
• Departure: 1st January 1993 from Paris (Place du Trocadéro)• Arrival: 16 January 1993 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 10 January 1993 in Adrar (Algeria)• Length of rally: 8,877 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 4,476 km weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 14th PARIS - SIRTE - CAPE TOWN
• Start: 25 December 1991 from Paris (Château de Vincennes)• Finish: 16 January 1992 in Cape Town• Rest: 8 January 1992 in Pointe-Noire (Congo)• Length of rally: 12,427 km• Number of kilometers of specials: weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 13th PARIS - TRIPOLI - DAKAR
• Start: 29 December 1990 from Paris (Chevilly)• Finish: 17 January 1991 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: 9 January 1991 in Agadez• Length of rally: 9,186 km• Number of kilometers of specials: 6,747 km• Countries crossed: France, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
NUMBER OF COMPETI weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 12th PARIS - TRIPOLI - DAKAR
• Start: 25 December 1989 from Paris• Finish: 16 January 1990 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: No rest day• Length of rally: 11,420 km• Number of kilometers of specials: 8,564 km• Countries crossed: France, Libya, Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 465
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 11th PARIS - TUNIS - DAKAR
• Start: 25 December 1988 from Paris (Porte de Versailles)• Finish: 13 January 1989 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: 3 January 1989 in Agadez• Length of rally: 10,831 km• Number of kilometers of specials: 6,605 km• Countries crossed: France, Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Guinea, Senegal
NUMBER weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 10th PARIS - ALGIERS - DAKAR
• Start: 1 January 1988 from Versailles (Place d’Armes)• Finish: 22 January 1988 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: 11 January 1988 in Agadez• Length of rally: 12,874 km• Number of kilometers of specials: 6,605 km• Countries crossed: France, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
NUMBER OF weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 9th PARIS - ALGIERS - DAKAR
• Start: 1 January 1987 from Versailles (Place d’Armes)• Finish: 22 January 1987 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: 11 January 1987 in Agadez• Length of rally: 13,000 km• Number of kilometers of special: 8,315 km• Countries crossed: France, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
NUMBER OF C weiter >>
Noch 9 Tage bis zur 30. Rallye Dakar
Eine große Herausforderung wartet auf Giniel de Villiers (Südafrika) und seinen deutschen Beifahrer Dirk von Zitzewitz: 15 Etappen über insgesamt 9.200 Kilometer – davon 5.736 Kilometer Wertungsprüfung – zählen zur 30. Auflag weiter >>
1982 1ere participation d’André Dessoude au Dakar
1984/85 1er Diesel sur le Paris-Dakar.
1988 2ème de la catégorie marathon au Paris-Dakar et 2ème et 3ème au Rallye des Pharaons.
1989 1er de la catégorie marathon sur le Paris-Dakar, 2ème de la catégorie T2 sur l weiter >>
FICHE TECHNIQUE PROTO DESSOUDE N05 Super Production (T1)
Moteur VQ 40 V6 24 soupapes tout aluminium, carter sec et VVT (arbre à cames admission)Cylindrée 3960 ccPuissance maxi 210 kW à 5 000 t/mncouple maxi 470 Nm à 3 250 t/mnAlésage/Course 95.5 x 92 mmGestion moteur Système Pectel, avec acquisition des données moteurBoîte de vitesses Boîte weiter >>
N° 417 : Carole MONTILLET (FRA) – Mélanie SUCHET (FRA) Nissan Pathfinder T2
Carole Montillet et Mélanie Suchet participeront à leur deuxième Dakar sur un Pathfinder T1. Une grosse différence pour les deux championnes de ski, comme l’explique Carole Montillet weiter >>
LISBOA – DAKAR 2008
« Je suis toujours fier de mon équipe, mais cette année peut-être encore un peu plus. Nous aurons des débutants et des pilotes confirmés, mais surtout des individus très motivés. Pour moi, c’est une chose fondamentale pour mener à bien un t weiter >>
THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 8th PARIS - ALGIERS - DAKAR
• Start: 1 January 1986 from Versailles (Place d’Armes)• Finish: 22 January 1986 in Dakar (Rose Lake)• Rest: 13 January 1986 in Niamey• Length of rally: 15,000 km• Number of kilometers of specials: 7,731 km• Countries crossed: France, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Upper Volta, Senegal
NUMBER OF weiter >>