The 2016 Dakar Rally is the 37th running of the event and the eighth successive year that the event was held in South America. The event started in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 2, then run through Argentina and Bolivia.
No respite… but easy does it. The backbone of the Dakar 2016 alternates difficulty and terrain. Between the contrast in relief, temperatures and surfaces, the drivers and their teams will face a real test of their adaptability and will have to re-assess their performance on a daily basis. Above all, the route will become gradually more demanding, incrementally leading them to the second part of the rally: the most demanding special sections are scheduled in this part, while the distance which has already been covered will take its toll on both drivers and their machines. Welcome to the world of extreme endurance.
Route of the 2016 Dakar RallyProgram of the 2016 Dakar:
31/12 and 01/01: Administrative and technical checks
02/01: Start podium in Buenos Aires / Prologue / Liaison to Bivouac "0" close to Rosario
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
The website dedicated to the 2016 Dakar offers live coverage of the race stage by stage and all of the rally’s news in real time. France Télévisions sports newsroom also offers another vision of the world of the Dakar with:
the tweets of our reporters and the multimedia reports of francetvsport’s special correspondent Xavier Richard
Alexandre Vigneau’s video blog, a navigator in the car category for the second year in a row, enriched every day by the “on-board sequences” filmed in the heart of the race.
Moreover, Jean-François Kerckaert’s blog “Sur les pistes du Dakar”, which is already online, allows viewers to go behind the scenes of the race route’s recces and highlights all of the preparation for the Rally.