November 20th 2019, The Arab World Institute announced the race routine and of 2020 Dakar to the public.
2020 Dakar will be held from 5th Jan to 17 Jan, total distance 7856km, special stage covers 5097km, including 12 stages and 1 day off. There are 5 stages longer than 450km, including 65% desert track and mountains, valleys, plains, sand tunes are all involved.
The official entry list includes 351 vehicles, including 170 bicycle and motorcycle, 134 sedans and 4-wheel drive automobiles, and 45 trucks. In the entry list, there are at least 15 Chinese( include driver and co-driver).
New additional rules
1、Color printed road book will be handed to every team in the morning of the each stage.
2、Filling up area of special stage: Not only the motorcycle team forced to have 15min rest, this year every team must take rest according to the rule.
3、At the NEOM base of 2nd stage, all motorcycle(including 4-wheel motorcycle) have 10 min for maintenance. At the SHUBAYTHAN base of 10th stage, only racers can fix the vehicles, no aid is allowed.
4、Retired racer, except the racer quit because of medical reasons, can regain the entry qualification via the ranking of “Darker Experience”. The purpose of this new rule is to help the rookies to gain more experience in Dakar, the elite racer do not have this opportunity.
5、T4.3 Truck group: backup truck must restart from the point where the truck get rid of the rescue.
Welcome to the world of Dakar
Let’s review the 40-year history of Dakar together
The stories of Dakar
40-year history of Dakar
In1970s, Africa is an unknown land for Europeans. Thierry Sabine conquered the African land with 74 vehicles. This is the first Dakar, a miracle in Sahara.
Dakar attracted many stars and best drivers in the world. Soon, the rally became a flag of auto sport industry.
Thierry Sabine lost his way in Libyan Desert, and was very close to death, while he competed in Abidjan-Nice Rally.After rescued from the desert, he sworn to god that he would share with the world about the magic power of desert.
1978-Dreams come true
26th Dec 1978, 170 adventurers, from Algeria, Nigeria, Mario, Upper Volta, and Senegal, started their 10000km adventure tour. At last, 74 vehicles reach the destination-- Independence Square Dakar.
1983-Full-throttle campaign of Ickx
All the best drivers from all over the world answer to the call of Dakar.
Thierry Sabin ,Daniel Balavoin, François-Xavier Bagnoud(the pilot ),Nathalie Odent(the reporter), Jean-Paul Lefur (the broadcast technician) lost their lives in helicopter accident. Since then, Gilbert Sabin take over and held the Dakar Rally.
1992- Cross through Africa from north to South
South America (2009-2019)
Bolivia is the 28th country to receive Dakar. Salar de Uyuni of Altiplano and Ular launched a new test to contestant: the ultimate high altitude which affects both the performance of human and vehicle.