2008 Dakar Rally
|2008 Dakar Rally|
The 2008 Dakar Rally would have been the 30th running of the annual off-road race. The rally was to start in Lisbon, Portugal on 5 January 2008, running through Europe and Africa until the finish in Dakar, Senegal on 20 January. The event was cancelled one day before the intended start date, due to concerns over a possible terrorist attack aimed at the competitors.
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The rally was cancelled on January 4, 2008, due to safety concerns in Mauritania, following the killing of four French tourists there on Christmas Eve, December 2007. France-based Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), in charge of the 6,000 km (3,730 mi) rally, said in a statement they had been advised by the French government to cancel the race. They said direct threats had also been made against the event by "terrorist organizations". Before the start of the race, rally director Étienne Lavigne had approved the Mauritanian legs only after two stages planned for Mali were scrapped. An Al-Qaeda affiliate organization was blamed for the cancellation.
The ASO quickly organised a new series of replacement races, with the Central Europe Rally three months later, with a Hungary to Romania route, replacing the Dakar Rally. A new race, keeping the Dakar Rally name, was organised in South America in 2009.
As of December 2007 there were 245 motorbikes, 20 quads, 205 cars and 100 trucks. A total of 570 teams from various countries (50) would have raced in the Dakar this year, up from 510 in 2007.
The race would have begun in Lisbon, Portugal, and passed through Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. The total race distance would have been 9,273 km (5,762 mi), of which 5,732 km (3,562 mi) was timed special stage. There would have been a rest day in Nouakchott on 13 January.
|3||7 January||Nador||Er Rachidia||182||113||372||231||16||10||717||446|
|4||8 January||Er Rachidia||Ouarzazate||29||18||356||221||199||124||584||363|
|9||13 January||Rest day in Nouakchott|
†Smara is located in the Moroccan-administered portion of the Western Sahara
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- Future of Dakar Rally now in doubt
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