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Dakar 2009: Evening-Stories from Argentina and Chili.

Organisational challenge "Dakar" - 25,000 security personnel on call: Other countries, other customs: New challenges confront the Dakar Rally on its premiere in Argentina and Chili. The rally route crosses almost 7,000 different properties on its way from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and back. For the organisers A.S.O. this means a complex logistical effort.

In addition to obtaining the individual thoroughfare approvals beforehand, 150 people guaranteed that the rally vehicles were able to complete the first stage from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa undisturbed through the punctual opening and subsequent closing of cattle gates. Along the near 9,600 kilometre long Dakar through South America almost 25,000 security personnel are available to safeguard the route.

Change to the third day┬┤s route following heavy rainfall: Short but just as sweet - the third stage of the Dakar Rally from Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci was already changed in the run-up by the organisers A.S.O. Heavy rainfall during the previous weeks had made several sections impassable due to heavy mud. The Volkswagen drivers and their competition can now expect 551instead of the scheduled 616 kilometres against the clock on the third stage.

2009/01/03 | 23:46 CET | Editor: MR/HS/U.Baldes

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