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Through mountains and sand

The 2016 edition of the Dakar is going to have Argentina and Bolivia as host countries between 3-16 January, 2016. The route is quite different from the years before, with less dunes and more fast, rally-like sections, but with the high altitude stages in Bolivia and the constant changes in terrain it still offers a great challenge to the competirors.

Altough for the 2016 edition Dakar has to do without the majectic dunes of Chile and Peru, the route still promises to be demanding and varied, testing the skills of both drivers and co-drivers. The driver of Buggyra Ultimate Dakar,Tomas Ourednicek already has experience from the toughest marathon race as co-driver, but after two seasons of racing in Europe, this will be his first time in the Dakar as driver, with his co-driver Pavel Vaculik alongside.

“As co-driver you can see much more of the landscape than the drivers, especially when you compete in a truck. Through the big windscreen of those monsters the view is really nice, and that’s not as noisy as the cars, so you can really enjoy racing. The landscapes in Argentina and Chile are absolutely amazing. There’s white sand, grey sand, pampa, high mountains… Before the Dakar I’ve never been at such altitude and although at that time it was only transfer section, it was quite tiring. Having a timed special in those circumstances will be really tough for sure.

To read sand you need a lot of experience. Sometimes if you see some grass that can help. It’s also tricky, that in the morning the sand is more hard, safe to drive on, but if you arrive some hours later, the same place can be very dangerous around noon. There’s no shadow, you see nothing and the sand is very soft. At some points you can pass easily, at other points you get stuck. The biggest problem in the dunes that if you are in the back of the field, many cars already got stuck in front of you, and it’s very dangerous to cross a dune because you have no idea of what is waiting for you on the other side,” Tomas Ourednicek says.

The 2016 edition of Dakar Rally will begin with a ceremonial start and an 11-kilometre prologue on 2 January in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. The finish will be in the city of Rosario, on 16 January, after 13 stages and more than 9500 kilometres.

The route of 2016 Dakar Rally
02/01: Start podium in Buenos Aires and Prologue
03/01: Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz
04/01: Villa Carlos Paz – Termas de Río Hondo
05/01: Termas de Río Hondo – Jujuy
06/01: Jujuy – Jujuy
07/01: Jujuy – Uyuni
08/01: Uyuni – Uyuni
09/01: Uyuni – Salta
10/01: Rest day in Salta
11/01: Salta – Belén
12/01: Belén – Belén
13/01: Belén – La Rioja
14/01: La Rioja – San Juan
15/01: San Juan – Villa Carlos Paz
16/01: Villa Carlos Paz – Rosario

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