The world of motor racing makes its annual pilgrimage to South America in January for the 2013 Dakar Rally, with Red Bull taking an early lead.
Between 5th-20th January, over 300 determined drivers will make the arduous 8,000km trek over sand dunes, rocky terrain and mud. Speeding through Chile, Argentina and Peru, the Dakar attracts the very best from around the world, including the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team.
Offering an amazing and diverse range of geographic challenges perfect for rally racing, this will be the fifth time Dakar has taken place in South America.
Starting in Lima, Peru, the competitors will take in some amazing sights, encompassing the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline, before visiting Argentina for some serious desert driving. Finally, the teams will be squeezed between the ocean and the Andes Mountains for the final leg towards the chequered flag in Santiago, Chile.
Red Bull has already secured victory in the first four stages, with the buggy of Carlos Sainz making the win on days one and two. Teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed victory over stages three and four in the same category.
Al-Attiyah spoke positively about the Rally and South America itself, saying: “We are all so happy to be here in the Dakar and the start from Lima this morning was really special. There were so many people there to give us support in the city and also all the way along the 250km liaison route to Pisco.”