After dakar moved to South America due to safety woes some people felt the spirit of the "real Dakar" that Thierry Sabine invented was gone. Jean Louis Schlesser who drove 2WD buggies at Dakar invented the EcoRace. It somehow has a humanitarian stance officially - helping communities etc. But basically another race in the desert where you pay to enter. It follows original Dakar route somehow. Especially the finish at the Rose Lak/ Lac Rose...Bull dust, help me out here because I am not that familiar with this. So this race competes with the Dakar race that is now held in South America? What is the relationship between this race and that one?
Thanks for the explanation. Interesting how they run this one at about the same time as the Dakar. Kinda like trying to start another big desert race and doing it the same time as the Baja 1000. Seems odd to me.
Paolo Ceci and Harite Gabari dont agree with you. Agoshkov as well...Just the fact that Pål Anders Ullevålseter is competing (and quite probably winning) is enough of a reason to keep aware of the event. He's raced this and the SA Dakar as we know it.
Not sure what coverage you guys'll get in NA but good chance it'll have some coverage via Eurosport if you have access to Euro based TV. Also a great source for Dakar coverage.
Looks like what, 45 Car/Truck and 38 bike entries? I'll have to go back and look but I think that's a pretty good # for them. Also a few high end vehicle entries as well--a Mini and a Pug. Also one American entry under Nathan Rafferty on a KTM.