Dakar 2018, in pictures – a two-week, 9,000-mile rally across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina 



Dakar 2018, in pictures – a two-week, 9,000-mile rally across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina

Dakar rally 2018 

The Dakar is one of the world’s strangest annual motoring events. Taking place in South America (nowhere near Dakar…) it’s what they call a rally raid: it’s similar to a conventional stage rally such as the WRC stages, but it takes place over much longer distances and timeframes.

The 2018 Dakar covers almost 9,000 kilometres, through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Competitors – professionals an amateurs alike – will spend five days at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, and will complete seven stages that are entirely off-road.

The Dakar is open to more than just cars. Lorries, motorcycles, quads and side-by-side vehicles (like a beefed-up golf buggy) are all taking part at the same time. This, combined with the stunning scenery and punishing stages, make the Dakar and rally raiding in general one of the most spectacular motorsports in the world.

This photo shows Peugeot’s driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France. Read on to see more.

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