[YesAuto Race] The 33rd Dakar Rally, known as “the most difficult competition in the world”, will kick off on January 1, 2011 in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The race passed through Argentina and Chile, and finally returned to the starting point on January 15. The Dakar Rally, which landed on the South American continent for the third time, will be launched on a brand new route.
The race starts from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and then goes north through five new provinces, including Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman, etc. The drivers will drive cars across 17 of the 23 provinces of Argentina. A. After the race enters Chile along the Andes Mountains, the drivers will race back and forth along the border.
After spending the only rest day in Arica, a small border town in Chile, the race will return to Argentina through a 4,800-meter pass in the Andes. The race will still end at Buenos Aires. The 16-day race, a total of 13 stages, a journey of more than 9,500 kilometers, including a special stage of more than 5,000 kilometers, the new race route is different from the previous two years, for all the warriors competing in the Dakar Rally , 2011 will be a brand new challenge again.
In this tournament, the entire route is still shifting northward. Compared with the past two years, the new stage has found a good balance in difficulty. In general, the six-day race before the rest day is not very difficult, but the difficulty of the return road is something that the drivers have to face. Therefore, the victory or defeat of this year's race will not be known until the final stage.
Opening Ceremony of the New Year’s Old Road: January 1st Buenos Aires-Victoria connection stage: 377 kilometers
In order to respect the Dakar Rally’s tradition of starting in the New Year, the race will start on January 1st in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, with a starting ceremony. The drivers will pass the iconic obelisk and drive the car along Buenos Aires Avenue to the starting point of the first stage, Victoria. This section of the road will not be timed. Riders can enjoy the beauty of the Argentine capital and accept crazy South American fans. Starting from Victoria, the drivers will usher in a real test.
The engine sounded the first stage: January 2nd Victoria-Cordoba Motorcycle Connecting Stage: 566km|Special Stage: 192km
Car/truck connecting stage: 566km|Special stage: 222km
The first stage was from Victoria to Cordoba with a longer connection distance. Once they reach the starting point of the stage, the drivers will quickly enter the race state. They need to be more careful in the mountain stage. It is very dangerous to overtake on a narrow section, and the motorcycle and quad bike groups will usher in a special road during the stage.
Feel the bushes. Second stage: January 3, Cordoba-San Miguel de Tucuman motorcycle connecting stage: 440km|Special stage: 300km
Car/truck connecting stage: 440km|Special stage: 324km
This is a brand new stage, which has never been involved in the previous two years. This is undoubtedly a challenge for the drivers in the opening stage. From here, the Dakar warriors will head north with the lush forest as the background. In this stage, the special stage of the car and truck group will be slightly different from that of the motorcycle group. For the car drivers, this stage will be very bumpy, with many blind corners on the track.
Red and green third stage: January 4th San Miguel de Tucuman-San Salvador de Jujuy motorcycle connecting stage: 231km|Special stage: 251km
Car connection stage: 231km|Special stage: 500km
Truck connection stage: 408km|Special stage: 226km
The race in Jujuy Province is also a newly opened route, where the race will be divided into two parts. The drivers will first come to the desert and Gobi races with red as the main color, and then the drivers will enter the forest with green as the main color. Therefore, this stage is also called “the combination of red and green”. However, the players in the truck group can take a breath. Considering that the tall branches may touch the windshield of the truck to increase the risk factor, the special stage of the truck group will not involve the forest area.
Rally's peak fourth stage: January 5th San Salvador de Jujuy-Calama connecting stage: 554km|Special stage: 207km
On this day, the players will leave Argentina and cross the Andes into Chile. This also means that the drivers will face new challenges. The 4,800-meter pass will become an important turning point for the competition. In terms of the route, coming to the Andes also means that the Atacama Desert is already in sight. The dividing point between this stage and the special stage will appear at an altitude of 3,300 meters. The vehicle must find a way to adapt to the gravel road and sand dune terrain.
Advancing to the fifth stage at full throttle: January 6 Calama-Iquique connecting stage: 36km|Special stage: 423km
Full speed ahead! The arrival of the race in Chile also means entering the most difficult part of the Dakar Rally. This day's stage is almost a collection of various terrains, which is definitely a challenge for drivers. After entering the Atacama Desert, the average speed of the riders will decrease. After nearly 100 kilometers of open desert, there is a rolling sand dune zone until Iquique, the end of the stage. In addition, there is a 2.3-kilometer-long slope with an average slope of 32%, waiting for the players to conquer.
Large-scale desert stage 6: January 7th Iquique-Arica connecting stage: 265km|Special stage: 456km
The end of this year's Dakar in the Atacama Desert will come to the Chilean city of Arica, which is also the last town to pass through in Chile. The large-scale desert special stage will also put a huge test on the physical strength of the riders. Patience will be the most important. The dust and grassy environment is the biggest challenge of all the road sections in Dakar. Before crossing the Andes again and returning to Argentina, the drivers will spend their only rest day in the Chilean town of Arica.
Dive into the seventh stage of the Pacific: January 9th Arica-Antofagasta motorcycle exercise stage: 208km|Special stage: 631km
Car/truck connecting stage: 208km|Special stage: 611km
After a day's rest, the drivers will regroup and they will face the longest special stage. Getting here is not only a challenge to physical strength, but the strong willpower of the drivers is the key to persistence. This stage will have two timed sections, and motorcyclists will face an endurance stage of about 40 kilometers. Coasts, sand dunes and steep slopes, the complexity of this stage is also staggering.
Three stages in one stage Eighth stage: January 10th Antofagasta-Kopiac connection stage: 268km|Special stage: 508km
Riders will go through three special stages that test their navigation ability in one day. Rocks that appear from time to time will catch the drivers off guard, so some time may be lost. Drivers and maintenance teams will see here repeatedly, but they are basically off-road operations, and any location may become a trap that hinders the rider's advancement. The long sand and gravel stage battles require the drivers to use their own wisdom, otherwise they will struggle in the endless desert until the night.
Shovel and sand beam 9th stage: January 11th Kopiak-Kopiak exercise stage: 35km|Special stage: 235km
This is a new closed desert ring zone, the results of this stage will greatly affect the final results. The sand dunes are full of traps, and the real winners will stand out here. In addition, the choice of tires is also the top priority of this day. It is worth noting that the motorcyclists in this stage will start in groups. The top ten drivers will start first, and then a group of twenty people will start the start.
Return to Fiambara Stage 10: January 12th Kopiac-Chile Cheto Connection Stage: 686km|Special Stage: 176km
On this day, the players will cross the Andes again. In the second half of the schedule, the drivers will get some easy sections to adjust their state. But the biggest challenge for the drivers will be the hot weather there. The stage in the white sand dunes of Famibala has been shortened this year, but after 10 days of the race, the physical loss will be a great loss to the drivers, especially the amateurs. Said to be the biggest problem.
Re-enter the eleventh stage of the Andes: January 13th, Chile Cheto-San Juan connecting stage: 164km|Special stage: 622km
The stage is also in Argentina, but the terrain of the stage is completely different. The hills and valleys of the Andes are a great photo spot. However, the players may not have such a good leisure time to enjoy the scenery. For the special stage of more than 600 kilometers, they can successfully reach the end of the stage and it is not far from victory.
The strongest ranked twelfth stage: January 14 San Juan-Cordoba motorcycle/car connection stage: 123km|Special stage: 555km
Truck connection stage: 349km|Special stage: 266km
Although the race is coming to an end, the rankings of drivers are still subject to change at any time, and no one can guarantee that they will not lose the chain in the stage. The start of the truck group in the penultimate stage will be different from that of other groups. Considering the huge size of the truck, the real challenge for this stage will be the exhausted motorcycle and car players. However, returning to Cordoba again means that the end of the whole journey is near.
The thirteenth stage of the performance: January 15th Cordoba-Buenos Aires connecting stage: 656km|Special stage: 181km
After a trek of more than 9,500 kilometers, the drivers finally returned to Buenos Aires. However, no one dared to take it lightly, because in the Dakar race, there are many drivers who have no choice but to retire a few kilometers before the finish line. When the drivers who insisted on finishing the race crossed the finish line one by one, the cheers of the fans would be waiting for them.