Dakar Rally 2009

Jump start your New Year with the adrenaline-fuelled, international sporting event Dakar Rally 2009. In depth, daily coverage begins Sunday, January 4 at 7:30pm ET/PT (with encore presentations at 10:30pm ET/PT) and continues until Monday, January 19 on OLN!

The ultimate test of endurance and skill, this year’s Dakar Rally – marking it’s first ever occurrence in South America – will put competitors against dunes, fesh fesh sand, limitless roads and perilous mountains. The competition isn’t the only thing that’s hot! Professionals and amateurs alike will be going head-to-head in the intense heat of the austral summer. Over the last 30 years, Dakar has forged itself a legendary reputation on the African territory that helped solidify its position as one of the major sporting events of the international calendar. It continues to resonate with adrenaline junkies as 530 teams representing 49 nationalities get set to start their engines for this year’s rally including 230 motos, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks. Watch as lone Canadian competitor, 50 year-old, Vancouver Island native Donald Hatton sets his sights on victory in Dakar 2009.

The round trip to Buenos Aires, via Valparaiso is a challenge in which the most enduring competitors will find their way and have the opportunity to distinguish themselves. With close to 6,000 kilometres of specials and difficulties scattered on the whole course, the battle for the title will remain wide open until the finish. Mitsubishi’s title will be up for grabs against their major rivals at Volkswagen, BMW and Team Gordon. In T2, we will find Toyota and Nissan looking for a highly coveted victory. On the two-wheeler side, KTM will turn out in force to maintain its domination of the discipline. All the best truck teams will be there as well: Kamaz, Tatra, Hino, Mercedes, Ginaf, and the title-holder Man will vie for first place.

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