|SA-Dakar 2011: Changes in the regulation - the new system for waypoints.|
A change in regulations towards the WPM (Way Point Marks) system will change the lives of the co-drivers, who will see their role become more important on the 2011 Dakar.
In the road-book that is their daily bible, both driver and co-driver must try to follow in minute detail the indications in the notes in order to find all the (WPM) passage points along the stage, under threat of penalty. When nearing a WPM point, the competitors have up until now been guided by their navigation systems to pass within three kilometres of a point.
Now, their GPS will only active at 800 metres from the target, which will force the co-drivers to spend far more time concentrating on each WPM. The more demanding WPM regulations will be particularly challenging in the dunes, where there are fewer reference points.
The Personal Dakar Argentina Chile in figures
9500 kms, including 5000 competitive kms over 13 stages
430 competitors at the start
2500 people at the bivouac
2300 dinners/ bivouac
12000 bottles of water / bivouac
25000 police officers and national security guards mobilised
350000 safety flyers handed out along the route
2010/12/30 | 13:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO