|Dakar Rally 2014: 7 Dakar-stages in Argentina announced in Buenos Aires.|
A reasonable distance from the start of the Dakar 2014, Buenos Aires is already buzzing about the race which has now become a part of Argentinean sporting heritage, since its first visit to South America for the 2009 edition. Last year, motorsports aficionados came in their masses to Tucuman for the rest day, but were invited to be patient in awaiting the thrills of another rally start ceremony.
At the presentation of the next edition in Buenos Aires, in the prestigious setting of the Palacio Duhau, Etienne Lavigne encountered enthusiasm proportional to such expectations among the attendees, whether journalists, Minister for Tourism Enrique Meyer, the Governors of the San Luis, Santa Fe and Salta provinces or the Mayor of Rosario.
"It feels like a reunion, and I’m proud to see that the Dakar has such appeal. The rally enjoys enormous interest and we are delighted to be starting in 2014 from Rosario, the third biggest city in the country, which will now experience the unique atmosphere of a grand start," explained the race director, who also mentioned that the Argentinean part of the race would include at least one marathon stage.
With the concern of optimal preparation for the forthcoming event, many Argentinean riders and drivers, such as Orlando Terranova, their leading representative in the car category in 2013 (5th), attended the ceremony. Among them was the winner of the quad category, Marcos Patronelli, who underlined his pride in featuring on the poster for the 2014 edition.
"It was totally unexpected for me. Discovering the poster was both an enormous surprise and a big thrill," admitted Marcos to Etienne Lavigne. It is another source of motivation for the title holder to hang onto his crown next January, on the rally from Rosario to Valparaiso.
The Argentinean stages of the Dakar Rally 2014
05th January: Rosario - San Luis
06th January: San Luis - San Rafael
07th January: San Rafael - San Juan
08th January: San Juan - Chilecito
09th January: Chilecito – Tucuma
10th January: Tucuman - Salta
11th January: rest day in Salta
12th January: Salta - Salta
2013/04/15 | 17:47 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO