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7 Days of Dakar: Day 4

Yesterday, we took a look at the navigational aspects of the Dakar Rally. After watching that clip, I began to develop an interest in the bike category of the rally. It boggled my mind how the riders could keep one eye on the roadbook and CAP (compass) heading, and another on the obstacles and hazards...

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Blame The Manager?

In a variety of sports, when things aren’t going a team’s way, it’s not uncommon to see the manager or coach get canned regardless of whether it is deserved or not. Over the past few years in rallying, we’ve seen some managers step aside, (think Jost Capito and Yves Matton) but I’m struggling to recall...

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7 Days of Dakar: Day 3

As someone for whom stage rallying is my primary interest, the Dakar has always been on my radar. It’s always served as a tasty appetizer to the upcoming rally season and a reminder that even in the cold winter months, mortorsport is still happening. However, I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit...

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7 Days of Dakar: Day 2

The Dakar Rally has always been likened to an adventure. In some ways, the competition of the race takes a back seat to the epic experience of traversing the barren desert landscapes of South America on a bike or in a car or truck. Along the way, competitors will experience thick mud and sand, searing...

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7 Days of Dakar: Day 1

It’s New Year’s Eve, and you know what that means… Time for champagne and new year’s resolutions? Well, yes, but what I was thinking was that it’s only one week until the Dakar! To celebrate, I decided to put together a week’s worth of “Dakar picks” to whet your appetite for this epic event. Each...

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The “Least Bad” Option?

When the news broke about a month ago about the possible introduction of “virtual chicanes”, my first instinct was to tear into the WRC with a strongly worded piece about how they were destroying the essence of rallying. In reality, however, it would have ended up being an angry tirade that offered little more than...

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Another Guest Appearance…

So this is pretty cool news… we are going to see another high profile name from Formula 1 dipping his toes into the world of rallying. Yesterday, Valtteri Bottas announced that he would be throwing one of M-Sport’s Fiesta WRC cars around the frozen stages of Arctic Lapland Rally this upcoming January. I’m very interested...

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Is There A Silver Lining?

We first got a sense that something was up last week during Sebastien Ogier’s first test with the Citroen World Rally Team. Initially, his Citroen C3 appeared with the typical Abu Dhabi decals in place. However, by the afternoon, those decals had mysteriously disappeared. This sudden change set forth a flurry of debate and speculation...

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