The world's most famous rally Dakar Rally starts tomorrow in the mysterious and deep deserts of Saudi Arabia. In the race to start in Jeddah on the shores of the Red Sea, 62 pilots from 556 countries will travel 12 thousand 7 kilometers in 856 days.
According to the news of www.korfezhaberi.com, the grand final in the race, which includes 10 legendary pilots taking part in the Dakar rallies at least 47 times, after the passing of the Rubulhali Desert (Empty Quarter), which is the world's largest dune desert; It will take place in Qiddiya, the future entertainment, sports and cultural destination.
WHY SAUDI ARABIA?
The first Paris-Dakar Rally was held between 1978 and 2007 between Europe and North Africa before moving to South America due to terror threats. It was held in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay between 2009 and 2018.
However, there were problems due to the austerity policy adopted by many of these countries in South America and carbon restrictions.
The race started in Paris and ends in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. However, many changes were made at the starting and ending points of the race throughout history. The rally between Paris and Dakar started in Dakar in 2000 and ended in the capital Cairo.
The Dakar Rally organizer Amer Sports Corporation announced that the Dakar Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia for five years from 2020 onwards. Within the scope of 2030 Vision, Saudi Arabia, which hosts the world's largest sports organizations, has completed all preparations for the 42nd Dakar Rally.
GIANT BRANDS COMPETE
The vehicles participating in the race are divided into 3 categories: bicycle, car and truck. The difficulty of the race route is increasing the competition. It also offers a good opportunity to prove the durability of these racing vehicles.
Rover, Range Rover, Mitsubishi, Renault, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Porsche, Hummer, Nissan, Lada and Volkswagen are among the biggest car manufacturers in the world. However, the most remarkable vehicle of the race is Mitsubishi's Pajero, which has won 12 awards.
The last category includes trucks or vehicles weighing more than 3 kilograms. This category includes brands such as Tatra, Wizards, Kamaz, Hino, Man and Mercedes. Kamaz has achieved the best results among other trucks in recent races.
DAKAR RALLY INTELLECTUAL?
The idea for the Dakar Rally belongs to French motorcyclist Thierry Sabine. Sabine disappeared in the Tenere Desert during the Abidjan-Nice races. He discovered that the desert was a good opportunity for amateurs to test their abilities. After he survived, in 1978, he suggested that the race begin in France and begin in Algeria and end in Dakar. While Sabine gave the idea, of course, she was unaware that this race would be one of the most popular in three years. Sabine died in a helicopter crash in Algeria during her rally in 1986.
THE SON OF MARGARET THATCHER, PRINCESS DIANA…
One of the most interesting races of the Dakar Rally was in 1982, when Mark's son, then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, spent five days in the desert in Algeria. Mark, who uses Peugeot vehicles, was found as a result of his researches with helicopters and his assistant and private car mechanic. Among the names of the most famous rally in the world are Princess Caroline and Princess Diana.
190 MILLION PEOPLE FROM 50 COUNTRIES WILL WATCH
Motor sports fans will be able to watch the race through 70 TV channels, 12 hours of TV content daily and 13 days of broadcasting for 200 days. More than 50 million followers will experience Dakar in 190 countries.