Sunday, July 03, 2005

Dakar Rally 2006

The Dakar Rally, formerly Paris-Dakar, course runs from Barcelona to Granada, down the Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, over the Sierra Nevada mountains through Andalucia Southern Spain.

The Dakar course goes across Gibraltar to Morocco, Rabat and Agadir. Then Mali, Mauritania and Senegal: Smara, Zouerat, Tichit, Tidjikja, Atar, Kiffa, Bamako, Kayes, Tambagounda ... and the stretch sprint to Dakar's Atlantic beaches.

"It'll be like taking candy from a baby," Robby Gordon of Nascar fame said, looking ahead to the 2006 challenge. He'll be racing in his own car, out of his Los Angeles race shop, Robby Gordon Motorsports West, a California partner to his new Charlotte NASCAR shop.

As a Dakar rookie in the 2005 race, Gordon amazed everyone by leading the first five days of the rugged adventure, in a personal duel with legendary Colin McRae. Then they both crashed within an hour of each other. "Running one and two," Gordon said.


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