The adventure in the world's most difficult rally got underway on the first day of the year and has a lot in store for fans until the 17th. The Brazilian Petrobras Lubrax team, which is participating in the event for the 23rd time in a row, has its eyes set on increasing its wins in the Dakar Rally: it has been on the podium 20 times, eight of which first places.
When the competition started, all of the 362 vehicles drove off the ramp built in front of the Obelisk, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and left towards the city of Colon, 317 kilometers away.
The competitors will cover exactly 9,030 kilometers, after passing through the fearsome dunes in the Atacama Desert, in Chile, among other obstacles to be overcome in the second edition of the Dakar Rally in South America.
Check out the competition's itinerary:
There will be 151 bikes, one of which driven by Rodolpho Mattheis, 25 quadricycles, 134 cars, counting with the Mitsubishi duo Jean Azevedo/Emerson "Bina" Cavassim, and 52 trucks, with the presence of the Tatra trio, André Azevedo/Maykel Justo/Mira Martinec.
Rodolpho Mattheis has set his goal: to win the Marathon category for the second time. Riding a KTM 450 bike, Mattheis speaks of his main challenges: "Adverse temperatures, extreme heat and cold. Altitudes of up to 4,000 meters while crossing the Andes. The rally is very complete. We will have fast and curve-riddled roads, stretches in the desert full of rocks and dunes."
Learn more about the Petrobras Lubrax Team drivers: