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Travel Distance and Number of Entries for Dakar Rally 2019 Announced What are driver Teruhito Sugawara's strategies?

Dec 28, 2018

Now that we are counting days to the start of Dakar Rally 2019, rally organizers have announced the travel distances for all stages and the number of racing vehicles entered. The total travel distance for the Trucks category is 5,598 km, of which SSs (Special Segments) make up a total of 2,954 km. While the total travel distance and SSs are shorter compared to the previous event, this event will feature a large number of segments in the Pisco desert, where driver Yoshimasa Sugawara and other teams were forced to withdraw from the race in the previous event. As such, we expect to see some high-intensity racing.

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Driver Teruhito Sugawara had this to say leading up to the upcoming rally:

Teruhito Sugawara, Driver:Stage 4 will be a marathon stage, which means we will not be returning to our bivouac where our mechanics are and we will not be receiving any support from them. If anything happens, my navigator and I will have to take care of the problem ourselves. Any problem in this segment can be fatal, but we need to stay alert as we can also easily lose time if we become too risk-averse and slow our pace.
Thanks to having more mechanics on the team, we will also be able to improve our preventive servicing operations. At the end of each stage, our mechanics will be checking any areas that may have taken a beating and replacing parts before they break down. This procedure alone will allow us to race more aggressively the following day.

Dakar Rally 2019 Travel Distances

Date Stage Start Finish Total SS
Mon, Jan 7 Stage 1 Lima (Peru) Pisco 331 84
Tue, Jan 8 Stage 2 Pisco San Juan de Marcona 553 342
Wed, Jan 9 Stage 3 San Juan de Marcona Arequipa 798 331
Thur, Jan 10 Stage 4
(Marathon)
Arequipa Moquegua (Bike/Quad)
Tacna (Truck/SXS/Car)
664 351
Fri, Jan 11 Stage 5
(Marathon)
Moquegua (Bike/Quad)
Tacna (Truck/SXS/Car)
Arequipa 714 450
Sat, Jan 12 Rest day Arequipa
Sun, Jan 13 Stage 6 Arequipa San Juan de Marcona 810 290
Mon, Jan 14 Stage 7 San Juan de Marcona San Juan de Marcona 387 323
Tue, Jan 15 Stage 8 San Juan de Marcona Pisco 575 360
Wed, Jan 16 Stage 9 Pisco Pisco 407 311
Thur, Jan 17 Stage 10 Pisco Lima (Peru) 359 112
Total (km) 5,598 2,954

Deserts make up 70% of the courses in this upcoming rally, and contestants face a marathon stage on Jan 10 and 11.

Please see the organizer's web site for course details. https://www.dakar.com/en

Number of Entries in Dakar Rally 2019

Category 2018 2019 Increase Percentage over previous event
Bikes 142 138 -4 97%
Quads (buggies) 50 29 -21 58%
Cars 92 96 4 104%
UTVs (utility vehicles) 13 30 17 230%
Trucks 44 41 -3 93%
Total (vehicles) 341 334 -7 98%

Racing numbers for the HINO500 Series trucks in this upcoming rally are "517" for Car 1 and "510" for Car 2.

Racing numbers in the Dakar Rally are assigned for each category based on their final standing in the previous rally, with smaller numbers assigned to those higher up in rankings. Racing trucks in the Trucks category are assigned numbers in the 500s. HINO500 Series Car 1 was assigned "517", and Car 2 was assigned "510". When viewing the latest standings or checking the GPS-based tracking system during the rally on the organizer's site (https://www.dakar.com/), please make sure to check out numbers "517" and "510"!

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