Dakar rally preparations begin in Le Havre

More than 400 vehicles taking part at the gruesome Dakar rally, have embarked in French port Le Havre to reach Argentina next month.


One month before the start of the Dakar Rally, the more than 400 vehicles that will take part have started their journey to South America, leaving from the French port of Le Havre.

The race was moved to Argentina and Chile after security concerns ruled out its traditional route through North Africa to the Senegalese capital.

The economic crisis has resulted in a fall-off in competitors but despite this Dakar Rally chief Etienne Lavigne remains bullish.

The race runs from January 1 to January 16.

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