Nearly a month earlier than the large begin, the Dakar unveiled the entire and remaining route of its 2022 version, the third consecutive run in Saudi Arabia. In two weeks, the opponents must cowl a complete of eight,375 km, of which four,258 might be timed. Opposite to what the organizers had hoped, the desert of the Empty Quarter won’t be visited, which necessitated remodeling the final side of the course in comparison with the define introduced final spring. However, the sand and the dunes will certainly be current in larger proportions than within the final two years and with 60 to 70% new.
“I had deliberate it”, recollects the director of the Dakar, David Castera, a few passage within the Empty Quarter. “After I did all of the levels, I noticed that there was a whole lot of sand on all of them. Going to the empty Quarter means a switch by airplane and all that goes with it on the break day. sophisticated. Ultimately, I eradicated this complication as a result of there are good components in the remainder of the levels. There are a whole lot of new ones, a whole lot of sand. With what there may be already, I wish to anticipate the subsequent yr [pour le Quart vide]. “
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The Dakar 2022 will begin on January 1 from Hail, with a brief prologue to find out the beginning order for the subsequent day, and the end might be judged on January 14 in Jeddah. The remainder day is scheduled for January eight in Riyadh. Among the many specifics, we word that the marathon stage will happen from January three, very early on the course.
“It is extra a query of logistics than anything”, justifies David Castera. “We’d like a marathon stage and I made a decision to place it there. I do not suppose it’s going to change issues. There’s a logistics element with greater than 3000 individuals, planes. It is very sophisticated. It is vitally handy. early however it’s high quality. It is to not lure [les concurrents]. “
This marathon stage doesn’t promise to be essentially the most tough of the course. The organizer attracts extra consideration to the 11th stage, a 500 km loop (together with 345 km of particular) round Bisha on the eve of the end. “I attempted to do a balanced course”, emphasizes David Castera. “I saved essentially the most sophisticated for the tip. For me, the 11th stage is essentially the most sophisticated, with a whole lot of dunes. The important thing would be the navigation.”
The levels of Dakar 2022
Stage Date Departure
Particular End (km) Whole (km) Prologue 01/01 Jeddah
Hail 19,834 1 02/01 Hail
Hail 334,546 2
(Marathon) 03/01 Hail
Al Artawiyah 339,585 three 04/01 Al Artawiyah
Al Qaisumah 368,554 four 01/05 Al Qaisumah
Ryad 465 707 5 06/01 Riyadh
Ryad 348,563 6 07/01 Riyadh
Ryad 421 635 Relaxation 08/01 Riyadh 7 09/01 Riyadh
Al Dawadimi 401,700 eight 01/10 Al Dawadimi
Wadi Advert-Dawasir 394,828 9 01/11 Wadi Advert-Dawasir
Wadi Advert-Dawasir 287,490 10 01/12 Wadi Advert-Dawasir
Bisha 374 757 11 01/13 Bisha
Bisha 345,500 12 01/14 Bisha
Navigation will as soon as once more be a figuring out component all through this version, taking a significant half within the components proposed by the organizers. A path assumed whereas continually making an attempt to enhance the roadbook that might be offered to opponents.
“I’m getting ready a Dakar with three components: pace, endurance and navigation”, says David Castera. “The navigation is a vital half and that may proceed this yr. In rally-raid, it’s tough to say that the navigation might be at a sure degree of problem. It’s not possible as a result of I do the course in Might or September, and so they roll in January. The tracks will change, they are going to be kind of seen. ”
“We did a loopy job on the roadbook with the colours, with the tools that has modified. The roadbook is similar for everybody. [Carlos] Sainz requested me for extra factors to assist out when the going will get tougher. Perhaps we did it a bit, however I really like the navigation and I’ll defend it as a result of it is a part of the spirit of the Dakar. “
For the second, 1065 opponents unfold over 578 automobiles are entered on the Dakar 2022, together with the members within the Dakar Basic. There are particularly 149 bikes, 97 automobiles, 58 vans and 21 quads. In automobiles, allow us to recall two main novelties: the T1-Final class permitting Audi to race with a hybrid body, and the T1 + class which goals to stability the stability of energy between buggies and 4x4s. The latter may particularly be outfitted with wider and better wheels.
Interview by Carlos Guil