1979 Paris–Dakar Rally

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1979 Dakar Rally
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1979 Dakar Rally also known as the 1979 Paris–Dakar Rally was the first running of the Dakar Rally event. The rally began on 26 December 1978 from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal, interrupted by a transfer across the Mediterranean. The idea for the race originated when a racer Thierry Sabine got lost in the desert and decided that it would be a good location for a regular rally.

170 competitors started the rally. Cyril Neveu won the motorcycle category on a Yamaha. The car category was won by Genestier and Terbiaut in a Range Rover.[1]

Stages[edit]

Stage Date From To Total (km)
1 26 December 1978 France Paris France Montlhéry
2 27 December 1978 France Montlhéry France Marseille
28–30 December 1978 Transportation to Africa
3 31 December 1978 Algeria Algiers Algeria In Salah 960
4 1 January 1979 Algeria In Salah Algeria Reggane 270
5 2 January 1979 Algeria Reggane Algeria Tamanrasset
6 3 January 1979 Algeria Tamanrasset Algeria In Guezzam 373
7 4 January 1979 Niger Assamaka Niger Arlit 230
8 5 January 1979 Niger Arlit Niger Agadez 231
9 6 January 1979 Niger Agadez Niger Niamey 920
10 7 January 1979 Niger Niamey Mali Gao 448
8 January 1979 Rest day in Gao
11 9 January 1979 Mali Gao Mali Mopti 600
12 10 January 1979 Mali Mopti Mali Bamako 650
13 11 January 1979 Mali Bamako Mali Nioro du Sahel 417
14 12 January 1979 Mali Nioro du Sahel Mali Kayes 270
15 13 January 1979 Mali Kayes Senegal Bakel 69
16 14 January 1979 Senegal Bakel Senegal Dakar 96
Total 5,534

Winners[edit]

Year Cars Motorcycles Route
Driver
Co-Driver
Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1979 France Alain Génestier
France Joseph Terbiaut
Range Rover France Cyril Neveu Yamaha XT500 Paris-Dakar

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Dakar - RETROSPECTIVE 1979-2007" (PDF). Dakar. Retrieved 2009-01-07.