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Dakar Rally to break with tradition in Peru

IANS  |  Lima 

More than 500 competitors from 61 countries and regions will participate in a historic edition of the Rally in next month, race organisers said.

The event will run from January 6 to 17 and begin and end in the capital and span 5,000km, of which almost 3,000km will be timed. The route includes five days in the and a section in which competitors will tackle the world's second highest sand dune -- known locally as Duna Grande -- which stands 1,700 metres tall, reports

"It will definitely be an edition unlike any other," Rally director told reporters on Tuesday.

"The beauty of the dunes and the extreme characteristics of the rally have attracted hundreds of participants. Thanks to we have exceptional and unique geography to put together a great event."

The 334 registered vehicles include 167 motorcycles and quads, 126 cars and 41 trucks. Among those to have confirmed their presence are Spain's and Austrian Matthias Walkner, the defending car and motorcycle champions, respectively.

First staged in 1978, the Rally originally took place between Paris, France, and Dakar, It was moved to in 2009 because of security concerns.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 15:16 IST
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