Only 3 Days To Go Until The Wild Ride Begins At The 2024 Dakar Rally
Get ready for exhilarating off-road action with the 2024 Dakar Rally
The two-week Dakar Rally is a race on a scale like nothing else in the world. Here are some big numbers to illustrate that fact followed by a few key storylines you need to be following at the rally.
The total distance of the 2024 Dakar Rally route is 7,891km, and this comprises 4,727km of timed specials and 3,164km of liaison. The longest day of the rally will be Sunday, 14 January 2024 with a total of 873km to be covered, including a timed special stage measuring 483km.
The Battle Of The Bikes
Moreover, the closest battles at the Dakar are often found in the bike race, the difference between first and second place last time out was just 43 seconds! The eventual winner of the 2023 Dakar was Kevin Benavides who leapfrogged fellow Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Toby Price on the final stage of the rally.
These two team-mates are now both chasing their third Dakar bike race title and are a pair of serious contenders for victory in 2024. We reckon this will be the most thrilling highlight that will keep you on the edge of your seat to see who comes out on top.
All New For 2024
On top of that, without a doubt the most anticipated section of the 2024 Dakar Rally route is the 48h Chrono stage. It starts on the morning of Thursday, January 11 as the convoy sets off from the Shubaytah bivouac to meet the 250m high sand dunes of the Empty Quarter desert.
At 4pm, competitors will cease racing for the day and make their way to the closest of six mini bivouacs that will be positioned throughout the 532km special stage and bring the action up a notch as the competition will then be in full swing.
A First Time Winner
Anybody who has followed the racing career of Sébastien Loeb knows that he likes to win. The nine-time WRC winner clearly has unfinished business at the Dakar after three runner-up finishes. The Frenchman returns in his BRX Hunter in 2024 still chasing that first Dakar win so stay tuned for more.
More information can be found on the Official Dakar Rally Website.