2016 Dakar Rally Car Class Entry List

The new year will just barely be getting started when the toughest automotive event of the year, the Dakar Rally, will get underway.  I look forward to following this event every year.

Dakar Route 2016 Revised

At this time the teams are going through their final preparations and testing for the event.  Many of the competitive cars and rally vehicles are being shipped to South America for the rally.

Vehicles Ready For Shipping

Dakar Vehicles Ready For Shipping To South America

The entry list for the 2016 Dakar Rally Car Class has been released by the organizers.  Some of the top car teams are listed below.

2016 Dakar Car Class Entry List

No. DRIVER CO-DRIVER MARQUE
300 AL-ATTIYAH NASSER (QAT) BAUMEL MATTHIEU (FRA) MINI
301 DE VILLIERS GINIEL (ZAF) VON ZITZEWITZ DIRK (DEU) TOYOTA
302 PETERHANSEL STEPHANE (FRA) COTTRET JEAN PAUL (FRA) PEUGEOT
303 SAINZ CARLOS (ESP) CRUZ LUCAS (ESP) PEUGEOT
304 ROMA NANI (ESP) HARO ALEXANDRE (ESP) MINI
305 ALRAJHI YAZEED (SAU) GOTTSCHALK TIMO (DEU) TOYOTA
306 VAN LOON ERIK (NLD) ROSEGAAR WOUTER (NLD) MINI
307 VASILYEV VLADIMIR (RUS) ZHILTSOV KONSTANTIN (RUS) TOYOTA
308 LAVIEILLE CHRISTIAN (FRA) POLATO JEAN MICHEL (FRA) RENAULT
309 SOUSA CARLOS (PRT) FIUZA PAULO (PRT) MITSUBISHI
310 TERRANOVA ORLANDO (ARG) GRAUE BERNARDO (ARG) MINI
311 TEN BRINKE BERNHARD (NLD) COLSOUL TOM (BEL) TOYOTA
312 GORDON ROBBY (USA) WALCH KELLON (USA) GORDINI
313 GARAFULIC BORIS (CHL) PALMEIRO FILIPE (PRT) MINI
314 LOEB SEBASTIEN (FRA) ELENA DANIEL (MCO) PEUGEOT
315 HIRVONEN MIKKO (FIN) PERIN MICHEL (FRA) MINI
316 CHABOT RONAN (FRA) PILLOT GILLES (FRA) TOYOTA
317 SPATARO EMILIANO (ARG) LOZADA BENJAMIN (ARG) RENAULT
318 SPINELLI GUILHERME (BRA) HADDAD YOUSSEF (BRA) MITSUBISHI
319 POULTER LEEROY (ZAF) HOWIE ROBERT (ZAF) TOYOTA
320 PONS XAVIER (ESP) TORLASCHI RICARDO ADRIAN (ARG) FORD
321 DESPRES CYRIL (FRA) CASTERA DAVID (FRA) PEUGEOT

There are a couple of new names in the major teams lineups.  Sebastien Loeb, multi-time World Rally Champion, will be part of the Peugeot team in his first Dakar Rally.  I think that he will be quite competitive in this event.  He has been competitive in everything that he has driven and I see no reason why he won’t be competitive in the Dakar Rally as well.  His co-driver, Daniel Elena, will have a busy month of January, as he is entered as a driver in this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo Historique at the end of January.

Another former World Rally Championship competitor, Mikko Hirvonen, will also be making his Dakar debut in a Mini.

Once again, Robby Gordon is carrying the banner for the USA as his team is the only American entry in the Car Class.  This year there is one Canadian competitor in the Car Class, Bruno Rodi, the driver of Car 411.

For the complete entry list for the car class in the 2016 Dakar Rally click on the following file:  Car Entry List

I will have more about the 2016 Dakar Rally in the upcoming weeks.

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