Six Chilean Cities to Host 2013 Dakar Rally
SANTIAGO — Six Chilean cities will host the Dakar Rally: Perú, Argentina and Chile 2013. Arica, Calama, Copiapó, La Serena and Santiago have been confirmed by Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), the organizer of the event. Chilean motorcycle rider Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez will be a key hope to build on previous performances. After winning the first stage of the 2012 event, he crashed out in the first Chilean stage near Copiapó.
The director of the National institute of sports (IND) said, “This will be the Dakar of the people.”
He added “The race will run through the biggest cities and inhabited centers of the country. It is a unique opportunity for the audience to get an up-close look at perhaps the most important sporting competition in Chile. It is a challenge in organization for the cities and for all the institutions and public services that work on it. But the big rewarding we are expecting is that this will be the most brilliant we ever had in the history of the Dakar Rally in this country”.
At the end they will have the opportunity to celebrate the heroes of the Dakar in capital city of Chile. Etienne Lavigne, the director of the competition, said that with the arrival in Santiago “we know that we can expect a high level of organization and have also the support of the Chilean government to organize an event of high quality. We expect a perfect celebration and I think it will be a famous and popular success.”
The Governor of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Cecilia Pérez, said, “For Chile, welcoming the adventurers of the desert opposite the La Moneda Palace will be a historical event. We are expecting more than one million people to come and watch them enter the city.”
Concerning the integration of one more, the sixth city in the Fifth Region in the last phase the French head of the competition explained that “we have the will to do on phase Saturday, Jan. 19 in the central region. We like the coast of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar but before we decide we have to know a possible line” He added that “one possibility is to have to phases on the same day, one sports line to finish the competition of Dakar with 150 kilometers between La Serena and the coast and afterwards a short phase as symbolic part to finish at the Pacific coast near Valparaíso or Viña del Mar. I like this idea a lot.”
To see the route click here. 2013 will be the first year that the event has not had the start or end point in Argentina since the race moved to South America in 2009 due to ongoing political instabilities in Africa.