Welcome to the 2016 edition of Dakar!
We have a daily thread with updates and contributions from all over the world. This community is amazing and has grown over the years to one of the most valued Dakar intel places on the internet. Just like competitors and crews are from virtually every westernized Nation so are you guys and it gives me goosebumps thinking about how everyone just keyboard races here and nerds out on the most amazing Off Road Race / Raid there is. This is the annual olympics of Racing.
We will mostly talk about the cars in this forum but welcome any of the other classifications.
Tomorrow will start with the iconic presentation of all entries at the Technopolis fair grounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This will most likely play live on various local TV channels that should be accessible through each networks own streaming service without any DRM blockage. Tune in and enjoy the podium part live.
Each team is assigned a scheduled time to appear on stage.
The local time here is: UTC/GMT -3hours or 5 hours ahead of pacific time.
Afterwards it's a 3h / 296km liaison to Rosario for a quickie special of 11km. (1.6km is approximately 1mile)
Everyone we talked to pre race claims they will just idle through it but then again they are racers and are known to paint their strategies colorful or simply go with the flow and idea of driving race car at race speed.
There was a heavy downpour of rain earlier so that might play into tomorrows day.
NBC Sports guys are here and the TV programing should be similar to what it was last year. Check your local listing. <LINK to TV schedule>
We work of this booklet and plan our daily schedule the night beforehand similar to how the race teams do it. The Tripy device in the car will then guide us along during the day.