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MotorSports News: Dakar Rally Returns to South America in 2010

June 4, 2009

Carlos Lago
Jun 3, 2009
Photo 2/3   |   dakar 2009 volkswagen Race Touareg 2
After the success of last year's event, race organizers have announced that the 2010 Dakar Rally will return to Argentina and Chile. The location marks a handful of events in the 32 years of the rally that do not include Dakar as a checkpoint.
The 31st running of the race -- event organizers cancelled the 2008 event due to terrorist threats -- starts January 1 in Buenos Aires. From there, competitors travel northwards towards Antofagasta, a port city in Chile. The route returns towards the Argentine capitol, traveling as south as Santa Rosa before ending on January 17.
Photo 3/3   |   dakar 2010 race Map
The 2009 Dakar, which was relocated to South America for safety reasons, saw entrants from 49 countries, 3 million spectators, and a TV audience estimated at more than 2.2 billion. Volkswagen took first and second places overall with a pair of diesel-powered Touaregs modified for racing duty.
As we've reported, event organizers hope to return the Dakar to Africa by 2012.
Source: Dakar Rally
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