Dakar Rally 2022 kicks off in Saudi Arabian lands, starting from Jeddah

JEDDAH, January 1, 2022 – The Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 activities launch today in Saudi Arabia who’s solely hosting the event in its 44th edition and for the third year in a row, amid vast global interest.

The Dakar Rally continues to leave its marks in the Kingdom’s vast deserts, its geographical diversity and landscapes, bringing more excitement and enthusiasm to the ancient rally. This event is believed that will present the Kingdom among the best destinations to host the most prestigious international rally.

DATES& LOCATIONS: participants arrived inJeddah in the past weeks, which hosts the first stage, the drivers started their arduous 19 km trip today on January 1, before moving to Hail, which will witness the start of the official competitions tomorrow on January 2.

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Traditional rest day will take place on January 8 in the city of Riyadh, before the route heads back to Jeddah for the finish where drivers will conclude their desert rallying on January 14, with 14 days of challenging the rough terrain to test their endurance for a total distance of 8,375 km, of which 4,258 km are special stages subject to timing, and passing through the scenic landscapes and archaeological territories in KSA.

PARTICIPANTS: The 44th edition of Saudi Dakar Rally 2022 attracted more than 1,000 participants representing 70 nationalities from across the globe, making it the largest edition in terms of participation in the rally’s history.

The race also includes 430 vehicles in various categories, and 148 vehicles in the “Dakar Classic” category, as this year’s track consists of one preliminary stage and 12 regular stages, with one day of rest in Riyadh, during which the contestants will go through five round stages and one marathon.

WHERE TO FOLLOW: you can follow up Dakar Rally 2022 updates live on Dakar website from HERE.

Source: Nadine Alsheikh Hassan – AIPS Media

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