LIMA: THE REUNION
A warm reunion is expected in January. Five years after the last time the Dakar made its way to Peru, Lima is ready to welcome back the start podium and the effervescence of the checks that will precede the big day. On Monday, Étienne Lavigne and Marc Coma travelled to Lima to present the route of this 2018 edition, as well as the eco-responsible actions undertaken in favour of safety, solidarity and the environment. In the presence of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros, Lima Mayor Luis Castañeda Lossio and representatives from the Ministries of Culture, the Environment and the Interior (Coronel Dino Escudero), as well as the Peruvian Sports Institute, Étienne Lavigne spoke in detail about the six Peruvian stages that will be “exceptional and full of surprises” and will mark the opening week of this 40th Dakar. Every kilometre of each stage has been validated by the local authorities. Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros used the occasion to remind “all the rally fans to respect the spectator zones that will be announced by the organisers three days before each stage. These zones will be prepared to host the public who can watch the competition safely without harming sensitive areas.”
A long-awaited return
“The return to the Peruvian dunes has been eagerly awaited by the competitors. It is going to be magical right from the start in Lima, when they start in the Peruvian desert. It will continue all the way to the podium in Córdoba ", highlights Marc Coma. The Peruvians have also made the most of the occasion to participate in the Dakar. Among the entries there are 24 Peruvian competitors and 40 in all with the assistance crews with 19 vehicles (7 bikes, 6 cars, 4 quads and 2 SxS). 34-year old Fernanda Kanno is a well-known television personality in Peru and she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take part in this adventure in her home country. “For this first time, I want to take it easy in the race and not make any mistakes. Where I finish is not important, what is important is to make it to Córdoba”. 35-year old Nicolas Fuchs, who finished 12th in 2017, will use the same strategy as last year. “I want to do better; it worked very well in 2017. The Dakar is a daily challenge and you never know what can happen. You arrive in hell without realizing it. Not making a mistake a ruining a year’s worth of work is what is important”, said Fuchs. In the quad category, could Ignacio Flores repeat his performance in 2013 when he won the opening stage? The answer will come on January 6.
The exhibition and events of the Feria Dakar bring together all of the rally’s enthusiasts, taking the spirit of the Dakar across the country, far beyond the stopover towns where the bivouacs are set up.
The Feria will come to Lima, Pisco and Puno:
- 3rd-5th January: Dakar Village, Lima
- 6th January: Feria Dakar Pisco
- 10th-11th January: Feria Dakar Puno