RIYADH: New additions and benefits await participants in Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 as the Kingdom steps up preparations for its second edition of the world’s most challenging race, which runs from Jan. 3 to 15.
The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation recently opened registration for pilots and their teams.
Competitors will benefit from a 50 percent discount on registration fees and free fuel throughout the race.
Insurance coverage upgrades and attractive registration fees in the SSV category are also among the numerous incentives.
There will also be technical support at the Dakar Service Center, where pilots can benefit from tire services provided by BFGoodrich, oil analysis at Motul and exclusive merchandise at DExT.
The countdown to Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 started last month when organizers unveiled initial details about the new route, which will begin and end in Jeddah. A rest day is scheduled for Jan. 9 in Hail.
The official announcement also featured the new technical additions and safety regulations that will be introduced in the 43rd edition of the Dakar Rally.
Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 will see the debut of Dakar Classic, a new category for vehicles that were designed before 2000 and previously competed in Dakar, as well as vintage cars and trucks.
New regulations will include handing out the road book just 10 minutes before the start of the race stages.
Competitors will also receive aural warnings as they approach danger zones to keep them alert and maximize their safety
The inaugural edition of Dakar Saudi Arabia saw 563 pilots from 68 countries register to compete in five categories across 7,500 km of unique terrain throughout the Kingdom’s uncharted desert.
The Dakar Rally is being staged in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year as part of a 10-year agreement between the Kingdom and the Amaury Sport Organisation.