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Dakar reveals details of 2022 Saudi Arabia route – Motorsports

Similar to the previous two editions of the event in the Middle East, the 2022 Dakar will have a total of 12 stages in two weeks, with breaks at the midpoint of the competition in Riyadh.

During that period, competitors in all major categories will cover a distance of 8375km, of which 4258km will be timed in the form of a special stage and the remaining distance will consist of a liaison section.

The rally will begin on January 1st in Jeddah with a short 19km prologue to help determine the starting order for the next day’s opening stage in Hail.

From there, the rally heads to Al Altawiya for the first part of the marathon stage. There, athletes are prohibited from receiving outside assistance from their crew.

In the second part of the marathon stage, you will drive 554 km to Alca Ismuff. After that, the athlete departs for the capital Riyadh. The riad serves as a venue for both Stages 5 and 6, as well as break days during the rally.

In the second half of the event, the rally will cross Al Dawadimi, Wadiad Dawasir and Bisha before returning to Jeddah on the final day.

Stage 4 is the longest in terms of competition distance, with participants measuring 465km between Alkaismuff and Riyadh.

“I tried to create a balanced route,” Dakar Rally director David Castella told the Spanish version of Motorsport.com.

“Finally I saved the most complex. For me, Stage 11 is the most complex with lots of dunes. The important thing is navigation.”

The 2022 Dakar Rally will also double as the opening round of the new FIA World Cross Country Rally Championship announced by ASO earlier this year. This event will also be featured in an equivalent series of FIMs for long-distance relationships.

As a result, for the first time in Dakar history, a player who has retired from the rally due to a mechanical failure or crash can return the next day in the same way as the World Rally Championship.

Heavy time penalties prevent returning drivers and riders from fighting for an overall victory, but they can still fight for the honor of individual stages and the score points of the World Championships.

Castella, explaining the reason for the change, said: “Last year I did it as an amateur, but this year it is a World Cup rule, so I will do it even for top riders.

“We also do that to allow them to continue with very large penalties and score points. At the World Championships, you can earn points at the end of the race and at each stage. So to the end I want to stay interested in the championship. “

# 300 X-Raid Mini JCW Team: Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, # 302 X-Raid Mini JCW Team: Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger

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The monopoly clause of Dakar’s five-year contract with Saudi Arabia expired after the first edition of the 2020 event, but the ASO will expand to more countries for multiple reasons, including the coronavirus pandemic. I couldn’t.

Castella said he was happy with this year’s route, but said ASO is still working to make Dakar the first multilateral event since 2018.

“For everything that happened in the last two years, we postponed it, but it’s still in our hearts,” he said. “Saudi Arabia remains a major country [in coming years], But we are working on expanding abroad.

“It’s not that sad because of the material. There are 60-70% of new routes. The idea is to go out. [of Saudi Arabia]I’m still working on it, and it will take another two years, but now it’s hard to cross the border. It’s a dream. “

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