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2009 Dakar Rally

The 2009 Dakar Rally was the 30th running of the Dakar Rally. In addition to motorcycle, automobile, and truck categories, a separate quad (all-terrain vehicle) class was added for the first time. The race began on January 3, 2009, and took place across Argentina and Chile. The rally was for the first time to take place outside of Europe and Africa as the location was changed by organizers due to concerns about possible terrorist attacks during the 2008 Dakar Rally.

Etienne Lavigne, the race director of the rally, first announced the new race location in February 2008. He said, "Dakar competitors are going to discover new territory, new scenery, but with the same spirit of competition and adventure, with very hard stages."


540 teams from 50 nations are competing in the race. Teams underwent administrative and technical checks in Buenos Aires between December 31 and January 2. Afterwards, 217 motorcycles, 25 all-terrain vehicle, 177 cars, and 81 trucks driven by a total of 837 people were approved to start.


The race began in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a symbolic start that took place on January 2 in downtown Buenos Aires, attracting an estimated crowd of 500,000 fans. The total racing distance is more than , of which is timed special stage. There will be a rest day in Valparaiso, Chile on January 10. There are ten stages in Argentina, and three in Chile.

Planned stages

Due to heavy fog and the need to cross the border between Chile and Argentina, the competitive element of Stage 11 was cancelled.



All-terrain vehicle (Quad)



Trucks did not compete in Stage 7.The timed part of Stage 11 was cancelled due to bad weather.


During the first stage of the rally, British driver Paul Green and co-driver Matthew Harrison were seriously injured when their Rally Raid UK car overturned.

On January 7, 49-year-old French motorcycle rider Pascal Terry was found dead in a remote area. He had been missing since the second stage of the rally, and the cause of death was determined as a pulmonary edema.

On the tenth stage on January 13, 48-year-old Spanish motorcyclist Cristobal Guerrero was seriously injured after a heavy crash. 24 hours after the accident, he was reportedly still in a coma and in a critical condition. Guerrero's son Cristobal junior competes in the World Enduro Championship.

During stage twelve of January 15, rally leader Carlos Sainz rolled his Volkswagen Toureg into a ravine, ending the race for the Spaniard and his French co-pilot, Michel Perin, who received a shoulder injury during the crash.

Notable Drivers

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Carlos Sainz

Giniel De Villiers

Stephane Peterhansel

Luc Alphand

Dieter Depping

Robby Gordon

Eliseo Salazar

Yvan Muller

Tom Coronel

Tim Coronel

Ukyo Katayama

Takuma Aoki

Krzysztof Holowczyc

Miki Biasion

Joan Roma

Mark Miller

Alister McRae

Hiroshi Masuoka


Spanish rider Marc Coma won his second Dakar Rally in the motorbike class while KTM scored their eighth straight victory.

Josef Machacek of the Czech Republic won the quad class driving a Yamaha vehicle. It was the first time in Dakar Rally history that the quad category competition was held in a separate class.

Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and his German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz won the car category with Volkswagen. It was their first Dakar Rally victory and Volkswagen's second, the first since 1980.

The Russian Kamaz crew of Firdaus Kabirov, Aydar Belyaev, and Andrey Mokeev won the truck category for their second time with Kamaz scoring their eighth victory and their first since 2006.

External links

Dakar Rally 2009 Official site

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