Chile is a strategic enclave for the Dakar by its orography and however, is very close to being out of the test for the second consecutive year. A month ago we have already published that the relationship between the promoter of the Dakar rally (ASO) and the local institutions was the less strained because there was no agreement in relation to the canon to accommodate the test. In the last few weeks and despite the commitment of sitting down to negotiate, not to have approached positions. In this way, and unless a miracle of last-minute, the Dakar 2017 will not count with Chile to plot your route.
Although there will be wait until the 26th of April to the formalization of the tour, media in south america as ‘CORSA’ already given for sure that Chile will not be in the next edition of the Dakar, as it already happened in 2016 because of the natural disasters that hit the country and forced it to divert the budget from Dakar to other purposes. Face-to-2017, Chile proposed to assume the expenses of the stages held in the country, while the ASO asked for a canon that Chile refused to pay. The result is that pilots do not face the Atacama desert.
While Argentina and Bolivia will assume a large part of the route for the Dakar 2017, other countries such as Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay knock on the door of the test, making it likely that at least one of them finished composing the route of the final test. We will leave doubts on the 26th of April, while you will have to wait a little more for know the technical changes that will affect the dune buggies and 4x4s that compete in the Dakar. With Mini, Ford and Toyota is pushing to reduce the required distance with Peugeot Sport and its buggy, change is in the wind.