The "Official" Dakar 2021 Thread

Desert Dog

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Had Mitch Guthrie Jr and Seth Quinteiro in the shop yesterday - the mechanics are prepping the new OT3's ahead of the testing for the next few days.

Full Red Bull media shoot today as well with KTM / Overdrive Toyota / OT3.
 

slcdmc

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This is the team I was hinting at a couple of weeks ago. Another American in the race.
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spalind

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saw that and figured....Rothman's replica? I like the Skoda sedan as well as the Peugeot pickup...
 

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No Currie in UTVs, no American in Cars, no Nissans of any kind, no RG, only three Americans on bikes...But there is an American codriving a Truck...so I guess there's that?????
 

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No Currie in UTVs, no American in Cars, no Nissans of any kind, no RG, only three Americans on bikes...But there is an American codriving a Truck...so I guess there's that?????

There will be 3 American UTV teams racing. The Matlocks & Scanlon will be racing in 3 factory supported RZR’s built by Jimco.


 

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Audi to Dakar

"Multiple media reports have confirmed that Audi Sport is to exit Formula E at the end of the 2021 season, this hard on the heels of their post 2020 exit from DTM as a factory effort, with a future-focused, it seems on both an EV entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 followed by the much-anticipated return to top-class sportscar racing in 2023."
 

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Audi to Dakar

"Multiple media reports have confirmed that Audi Sport is to exit Formula E at the end of the 2021 season, this hard on the heels of their post 2020 exit from DTM as a factory effort, with a future-focused, it seems on both an EV entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 followed by the much-anticipated return to top-class sportscar racing in 2023."
Fish’s post indicates it’s a hybrid?
 

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What about AJ Jones and the Red Bull OT3 teams? Both have been competing and testing recently. Hard to believe the defending overall UTV champ doesn’t have a ride this year????
 

Desert Dog

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What about AJ Jones and the Red Bull OT3 teams? Both have been competing and testing recently. Hard to believe the defending overall UTV champ doesn’t have a ride this year????

Two of the OT3 cars are in our shop as we speak, along with Seth Quinteiro and Mitch Guthrie. There will be a third car which is on it's way.
 

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Just under 5000km of special stages. Interesting that they're talking of less high speed/power focus for the course. @Desert Dog thoughts on the course? Is this more dune focused than last year? It reads like a good mix but it may just be writers creativity.

 
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