The 2017 Dakar Rally Raid gets underway tomorrow, 1 January, when the ceremonial start takes place in Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay. The 343 vehicles – 78 cars, 168 motorcycles, 39 quads, 8 UTVs and 50 trucks – will start the race proper on 2 January when the first of the 12 stages that make up the almost 9 000 km long event kicks off.

The 2017 event is the ninth to take place in South America and makes its first visit to Paraguay. After the start the rally moves into Argentina for a couple of days before heading north into Bolivia. After five nights (including the rest day) in Bolivia the competitors return to Argentina where they head south and then east to the finish in Buenos Aires on 14 January.

Multiple Dakar winner and now Dakar Sporting Director, Marc Coma, says,

“The route of the 2017 Dakar preserves rally-raid traditions, with a physical challenge that will push the competitors into the world of extreme endurance: 7 selective sections will be over 400 kilometres with one of more than 500 kilometres. The rally will be spent 6 days at more than 3,000 metres above sea level. The balance of difficulties can be illustrated by a double upward trend: the level of difficulty will increase just until the rest day, then a second increase in power will be necessary, to reach one’s ideal level for the “Super Belén”. Nothing will be decided until the very last special stage at Río Cuarto”.

1 January 2017 – Ceremonial Start

Monday January 2nd – Stage 1
Asunción to Resistencia
All competitors – Special section 39km – Total 454km

Tuesday January 3rd – Stage 2
Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucumán
Motorcycles, quads, cars & UTVs – Special section 275km – Total 803km
Trucks – Special section 284km – Total 812km

Wednesday January 4th – Stage 3
San Miguel de Tucumán to San Salvador de Jujuy
Motorcycles, quads, cars & UTVs – Special section 364km – Total 780km
Trucks – Special section 199km – Total 757km

Thursday January 5th – Stage 4
San Salvador de Jujuy to Tupiza
All competitors – Special section 416km – Total 521km

Friday, January 6th – Stage 5
Tupiza to Oruro
Motorcycles, quads, cars & UTVs – Special section 447km – Total 692km
Trucks – Special section 438km – Total 683km

Saturday, January 7th – Stage 6
Oruro to La Paz
Motorcycles, quads, cars & UTVs – Special section 527km – Total 786km
Trucks – Special section 513km – Total 772km

Sunday, January 8th – Rest day
La Paz

Monday, January 9th – Stage 7
La Paz to Uyuni
All competitors – Special section 322km – Total 622km

Tuesday, January 10th – Stage 8
Uyuni to Salta
All competitors – Special section 492km – Total 892km

Wednesday, January 11th – Stage 9
Salta to Chilecito
All competitors – Special section 406km – Total 977km

Thursday, January 12th – Stage 10
Chilecito to San Juan
All competitors – Special section 449km – Total 751km

Friday, January 13th – Stage 11
San Juan to Rio Cuarto
Motorcycles, quads & trucks – Special section 288km – Total 754km
Cars & UTVs – Special section 292km – Total 759km

Saturday, January 14th – Stage 12
Río Cuarto – Buenos Aires
All competitors – Special section: 64km – Total 786km