The 2016 Dakar will start on Sunday, January 3. That will herald the start of two weeks of 9,500km of very tough off-road car rallying. This event is quite unpredictable as there are hundreds of opportunities for things to go wrong for each competitor. I have a feeling that this year the Dakar will be more competitive than usual. There are more and more very competent former World Rally Championship series drivers competing in the Dakar and the Dakar “regulars” seem to be getting better with each outing. As a result, I think that there are more potential winners in this year’s Dakar than in previous Dakar events.
Typical Dakar Terrain
This event is covered by the sporting press from all over the world. The map below shows the television networks around the world that will be showing the 2016 Dakar to some extent.
World-Wide Dakar 2016 Telecasts
In the USA I will be able to watch a one-day tape delay half-hour highlight program every day on the NBC Sports Network. The local listings indicate that the first show will be on Monday at 5:30pm local time here on the east cost of the USA. This first show on Monday will show the highlights of Sunday’s Dakar. So if you want to see the highlights, then hurry home from work!
I will be following the Dakar on a daily basis and providing summary results as they become available. For more information you can check out the event’s web site at www.dakar.com