BFGoodrich on Dakar Rally
Having forged its reputation over the past 30 years on African soil, the Dakar crosses the Atlantic this year for the first edition to take place in South America. BFGoodrich – crosscountry rallying's benchmark tyre brand, with a score of eight
Dakar wins and 11 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup titles to its name – is naturally still a partner of the event as it ventures onto new territory.
The total length of the 2009 Dakar is 9,574km, including 5,652km divided into 14 stages, and competitors will cover a minimum of 500km every day! From the start in Buenos Aires, the convoy will strike south towards the vast expanses of the Argentine Pampas.
The programme of the first week includes frequent off-road action, followed by the prospect of crossing the Andes prior to the rest day in Valparaiso, Chile. The second week will take competitors north via three legs in the Atacama Desert, said to be the driest in he world, while the finish is scheduled for January 18 in Buenos Aires.
"The new look Dakar will be an interesting challenge for BFGoodrich because the route is so varied," says BFGoodrich rally-raid tyre technician Dominique Bravy. "Instead of the camel grass of former Dakars, we will find pampas grass, the dry river beds will be known as rios instead of oueds and the equivalent to fesh-fesh sand will be the guadal, but the terrain will be every bit as challenging as it was in Africa, with some huge dunes to cross in the Atacama Desert."