Returning: Dakar Rally

It wasn’t held this year due to the threat of terrorist attacks, but the Dakar Rally, the off-road race organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation, will resume in 2009, in a new continent.

This time the event takes place in South American, beginning in Buenos Aires. Both amateur and professional drivers will navigate the Argentinean and Chilean countryside during the 15-stage on- and off-road endurance event.

There are also 6 Aussies competing in the competition.

SBS will broadcast daily highlights of the Dakar Rally 2009 from Sunday 4 – Monday 19 January at 6:00pm and the Dakar Rally 2009 Review program on Sunday 25 January at 12:00.

Press Release:

One of the toughest races in the world, the Dakar Rally, will move from its home in Africa to a new continent in 2009. South America will play host to more than 550 adventurers from all corners of the globe as cars, trucks, motorbikes and quads race through 6000 kilometres of merciless terrain. SBS will showcase the daily highlights at 6pm from Sunday 4 – Monday 19 January, 2009.

Beginning in Buenos Aires both amateur and professional drivers will navigate the spectacular Argentinean and Chilean countryside during the 15-stage on- and off-road endurance event. In the ultimate test of stamina and strength, the participants will find themselves experiencing South America at its most diverse and challenging. From crossing the Andes to negotiating the Atacama Desert, the Dakar offers competitors nature at its stunning, and often most punishing, best.

Six Australians have entered the 2009 edition including Garland Team Rally driver and 1998 Dakar entrant, Bruce Garland.

“It’s the biggest, hardest, toughest, most dangerous race in the world,” said Bruce Garland.

“Nothing comes close to it. It’s the Mount Everest of rally and off-road, of all motorsport really. If you can succeed in that, it is a huge achievement.”

SBS will broadcast daily highlights of the Dakar Rally 2009 from Sunday 4 – Monday 19 January at 6:00pm and the Dakar Rally 2009 Review program on Sunday 25 January at 12:00.

To coincide with the on-air coverage, SBS will publish the official Australian Dakar website with regular race updates from Australian motorcycle entrant, Christophe Barriere-Varju, race results and standings, stage profiles and maps, video highlights and latest news available online 24/7 at www.sbs.com.au/dakar.

Check local TV Guides or sbs.com.au/schedule for television times.

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