Dakar Rally Director Announces Details Of 2015 Edition That Will Start, Finish In Buenos Aires
The Dakar Rally announced that next year's edition will start on Jan. 3 at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires and the looped route will end in the same city on Jan. 17, according to LOS ANDES. Dakar Rally Dir Etienne Lavigne said that the race's seventh South American edition will pass through Bolivia and Chile after starting in Argentina. This will be the first time since '12 that Argentina will "host both the start and the finish of the event." One of the race's new features "will be the marathon stages for each of the categories, something that reflects the organizers' intent to impose more difficulties and new challenges for the drivers." The announcement regarding the '15 edition "also served to confirm the return of the Peugeot team" (LOS ANDES, 3/26).
BACK ON TRACK: The SID reported French carmaker Peugeot "will return to the Dakar in 2015 with a factory team after a three-year hiatus." The team's driver lineup "has not been released yet." The manufacturer "won the the former Paris-Dakar four times in a row between '87-'90" (SID, 3/26).