- Open to cars, Side by Sides and trucks, registration for the first edition of the Dakar Series China Rally, scheduled for this coming September 24-30, begins today. Before the final recce programmed from June 24 to July 7, the ultra-sandy route will consist of 3,000 kilometres in Inner Mongolia.
- A stepping-stone towards the Dakar designed to offer a midterm review to the crews attracted to the adventure, this new rally has all the ingredients to become a rally-raid benchmark event.
- The Dakar Series China Rally, organised by FBLIFE Racing Planet and A.S.O., precedes the gigantic “Hero Festival”, event organised by Alxa bringing together more than one million outdoor motor racing enthusiasts and more than 300,000 vehicles.
It will be a big challenge for the car, side by side and truck drivers that will participate in a large-scale rally-raid, adhering to the demanding Dakar standards. The route will also have a wide-ranging character, knowing that the special stages in Inner Mongolia visited by the Dakar Series China Rally will be mostly all-new and that have never been featured in other rallies.
The route concocted by the rally’s Sporting Director and former world rally-raid champion, Tiziano Siviero puts the emphasis on crossing technics. The choice was more than anything else dictated by the nature of the terrain. “I have never seen so much sand in my life”, admits Siviero who also had a hand in the planning of the routes for the Dakar since its debut in South America. The seven days of competition represent a total distance of nearly 3,000 kilometres. The crews will discover, for example, the Badai Jaran Desert, where the crews will be navigating between dunes and lakes.