Daily LIVE coverage on Eurosport
The Dakar rally takes to the tracks of Argentina and Chile from January 3-18, leaving Africa for the first time in its history. Eurosport, long- time partner of the Dakar, follows the legendary off-road race on this new adventure with LIVE daily coverage.
The Dakar Road Book: In the build-up to the rally, Eurosport follows event organisers as they cross breathtaking landscapes to chart and assess the race's route. Also features interviews of star Dakar drivers. On December 30 at 22:30 and repeated on January 1 at 22:00.
Daily 15-minute LIVE show from the finish featuring images of the first competitors crossing the line and LIVE interviews at 18:15.
Daily 45-minute LIVE show from the heart of the rally's base camp, with race highlights and LIVE interviews at 22:00.
On the tracks of South America
The Dakar, synonymous with human and sporting adventure since 1979, is widely considered one of the toughest races in the world. And with almost 6,000 kilometres of terrain over 14 special stages, the 2009 edition will be no exception. From Buenos Aires, the competitors will head south towards Patagonia before crossing the Andes Mountains and enjoying a rest day in Valparaiso, Chile. The return trip will take drivers and riders through the Atacama Desert and back to Buenos Aires.
Some 530 teams in four categories (cars, motorbikes, quads and trucks) will head off from Buenos Aires. In the car category, top contenders include rally legends Stephane Peterhansel (FRA-Mitsubishi), who holds the record for most wins in the Dakar with nine trophies, two-time WRC world champion Carlos Sainz (ESP-Volkswagen) and 2006 winner Luc Alphand (FRA-Mitsubishi). In the motorcycle category, KTM drivers Cyril Despres (FRA-2005 and 2007 winner) and Marc Coma (ESP-2006 winner) are tipped to dominate given the unrivalled power of their machines, however the new route should provide many unexpected obstacles.
January is a great month for rally fans on Eurosport as the channel also broadcasts the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally, the first round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). For such a legendary event, Eurosport and Eurosport 2's coverage will set a landmark: for the time ever, six stages of the rally will be broadcast LIVE.