Earlier today while reading the always interesting Gadling Travel Blog I came across this article about the Dakar Rally, which you’ll recall was recently canceled due to terrorist threats. While the 2008 edition may have been put on hold, it looks like race organizers aren’t about to stand by and watch the Rally disappear altogether.
Race director Français Etienne Lavigne has decided that the 2009 edition of the off road event will move to South America, starting and ending in Buenos Aires. The course will spread out across Argentina and Chile, and will offer a much different experience than what the racers have seen in the past as they blitzed through the Western Sahara Desert. I have no doubt that it will be no less demanding however, as befitting the history of this event.
This isn’t a permanent move however, as Lavigne promises that the Rally will return to it’s African roots once the political situation in that region returns to normal. It’ll be interesting to see an event like this take place in South America next year.
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