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.
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.
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
|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.