South America will stage the 2011 Dakar Rally, after two successful editions of the world’s premier rally-raid, it has been confirmed.
The swell of enthusiasm on the continent for the race this year has prompted organisers to award Argentina and Chile their third instalment of the rally, which will run from January 1–16, 2011.
Red Bull enjoyed a hugely successful campaign in January, bagging wins in the car, bike and truck classes.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz led home a perfect one-two-three finish for the Red Bull Volkswagen team in the car class, holding off the challenge of team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah to win by just 2m 21s after 47 hours of racing.
Frenchman Cyril Despres won four stages en route to his third Dakar title in the bike class. While, Vladimir Chagin completely dominated the truck class to pick up his sixth overall win.
'It is an honour for Chile to be confirmed as a co-host for the Dakar 2011' – Ruiz Tagle
Enrolment for the 2011 race opens on May 15, and Ruiz Tagle, Chile’s new Minister for Sport, is delighted his country will be hosting the event again.
“It is an honour for Chile to be confirmed as a co-host for the Dakar 2011,” he said.
“We are convinced that this veritable international festival of sport is a perfect way of showing the unique sites of our country to the rest of the world.”