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Dakar 2008: The Euromilhoes Lisbon Dakar 2008 already full.

The movement expands. For four years now, the beginning of the registration campaign for the Dakar launches a real rush to the entry forms that force the organisers to close the demands a few weeks after the opening. For the 2007 edition, the team working on the rally have even imagined a selection procedure to control the brutal principle "first arrived, first served". This year, the registration files were expected between the 15th of May and the 22nd of June, in order to allow the possible competitors to perfectly prepare their project.

The authorised term has given the possibility for keen desert amateurs to show their enthusiasm: 350 files have been received for the bike and quad category, 220 for the car crews as well as 100 for the trucks. Other than the number it is especially the quality of the demands that was noticed after a first examination. In order to maintain the Dakar caravan in a comparable format to last year's one, the organisers have from today entered a difficult phase to select the candidates.

At this stage of the preparation for the 30th edition of the Dakar, Etienne Lavigne is delighted with this first success: "With this new registration system, the entry forms received are of excellent quality. It gives us the opportunity to select the best possible competitors to keep a balance (amateurs/pros, rookies/experiences pilots, europeans/africans/asians/americans) that give the Dakar its appeal. The flood of demands is the sign, once again, of the strong international infatuation raised by the values of the biggest rally-raid in the World".

2007/06/25 | 21:06 CET | Editor: MR/HS/ASO/Emilie Poucan

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