|Desafío Inca: "Competitors will be plunged into a veritable sea of sand".|
Preparations are underway for the first edition of the Dakar Series Desafío Inca, which will be taking place later this year in Peru from 4th to 6th of October. Recent reconnaissance expeditions have meant that the roadbook for the three stages in the competition programme is now complete. As expected, the real challenge will consist of crossing dunes and racing on sand.
There are just over two months to go before the start of the Desafío Inca. Peruvian competitors have been notified of the date and will be hosting both the all-terrain continental elite and some of the stars of the main rally-raid teams. After a new series of recons, the scene is already set for a breathtaking spectacle which will satisfy viewers awaiting great images as well as drivers keen to perfect their techniques, especially on the very demanding terrain of the Ica desert.
“What is special about this rally is that the course is shaped like a trefoil,” explains Juan Valdivia, the race’s sporting director. “We can safely say that competitors will be plunged into a veritable sea of sand, with dunes in all colours and shapes. The heat is expected to play an important role in these three stages; it should inspire cautionso as to protect both the competitors and their machines.”
For this first edition of the Desafío Inca, which uncovers in detail the territories that have already been partially visited during the last two editions of the Dakar, the definition of the route and recon journeys have been carried out with the greatest of care when it came to skirting around protected areas.
Juan Valdivia resorted to tried and tested methods, saying that “all of the stages of preparing for the course have been approved by the Ministry for Culture and the Environment on the one hand, as well as by the National Police of Peru for all security matters on the other.”
2013/08/02 | 00:59 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO