The edition 2022 of the rally Dakar Rally, the most extreme competition in the world, is dated. It will take place from January 2 to 14 us Saudi Arabia as the sole host country. The adventure will start in Hail, where on the first day of the year there will be a prologue and the starting podium; will have its rest day on January 8 in Riad and will end in Jeddah.
The first two editions on Saudi soil have been able to give an idea of the diversity of the country's landscapes, ranging from the canyons and cliffs of the region of Neom to the dune cords that surround Riyadh, passing along the coast of the Red Sea, which has revealed above all an infinity of shades of blue.
To find the piloting difficulties that the masters of self-improvement yearn for, the 2022 route ventures into the Empty Quarter, as gritty as it is mysterious. In this immensity of sand and dunes, the virtuosos of the handlebars and the steering wheel will know how to take advantage as long as they take the navigation with the same care.
“All travelers have their style, their preferences, their customs. Those of the Dakar are located within a certain form of wandering dedicated to discovery and surprises, to which are added the dimensions of technical performance and extreme resistance "Said David castera, race director.
“To satisfy this thirst for large spaces and unique places, Saudi Arabia offers a variety and immensity capable of satisfying the most demanding desires. And the life of the bivouac fits harmoniously with the culture of nomadism that we have perceived in our hosts in the last two editions ”, He added.
MAIN DETAILS OF DAKAR 2022
- A prologue, sand version: The race will begin with a short exercise aimed at define a consistent start order for the first stage. It will take place in the immediate surroundings of Hail, which already offer significant amounts of sand. To gradually get used to a menu that will later be very copious:there will be three stages 100% dunes!
- Two stages in a loop: In some places it is It is necessary to take the time of a break to exploit the sporting potential of the fields on offer. This will be the case twice at Dakar 2022. The formula also offers the opportunity for assistance structures to slow down in order to better dedicate themselves to their essential mission.
- Marathon stage, within the tradition: The management of the mechanics, as well as the efforts to which the body is subjected are part of the pillars of the rally raid. And this dimension is never as decisive as in a marathon stage, where the power of autonomy is imposed, even in a context of mutual aid. The stage will be the Empty Quarter, where the two days of this marathon will be held "in the old fashioned way."
The next edition of the Dakar will also have news regarding the technical regulation, basically with the creation of the category T1-E, which will allow the inclusion of hybrid and electric vehicles. Also, there will be modifications to match buggy performance with 4 × 4, something that should define the International Automobile Federation at your next meeting. More details will be provided in due course.