DAKAR 2009

Last check-ups for machines before the pampas

The second string of technical check-ups for the competitors who have arrived in Buenos Aires by themselves takes place on December 31 and January 1, before official start of the race on January 3.


The final technical check-ups of the 2009 Dakar rally have started on December 31 in Buenos Aires. The Argentinian capital hosts both the starting and the finish line, which finishers are due to cross on January 17.

After a first string of administration and technical check-ups in the French harbour of Le Havre in November, when most of the 530 vehicules took the boat for South America, Dakar organizers have scheduled a a second series for those who weren’t there.

That’s the case for main teams (including Mitsubishi, BMW and KTM), which preferred going to Buenos Aires by themselves, and local competitors, accounting for about a hundred vehicules in all.

The Japanese team Mitsubishi’s vehicules, winners of the last seven editions, will be tested by the officials on Thursday.

The official start of the race is due to take place on January 3.

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