Race is on for view­ers as world’s tough­est rally be­gins

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broad­casts daily high­lights of the world’s big­gest, hard­est and tough­est off-road en­durance race, the Dakar Rally, from Sun­day. The broad­cast fol­lows cars, trucks, mo­tor­bikes and quads as they race across more than 8000km of un­for­giv­ing ter­rain from Peru to Chile. Aus­tralia again has a strong con­tin­gent com­pet­ing in the Dakar Rally. In the bike cat­e­gory, nine Aus­tralians will be at the start­ing line. They in­clude Rod Fag­got­ter and Simon Pavey, who com­petes in his ninth Dakar. Aus­tralians who com­pete in the car cat­e­gory in­clude Dakar veteran Bruce Gar­land, Ge­off Ol­holm and Adrian Di Lallo. Paul Smith features in the quad cat­e­gory. Richard Hayes com­petes in the truck cat­e­gory. The 2013 Dakar Rally be­gins in Lima, Peru, and trav­els through Ar­gentina to the fin­ish line in San­ti­ago, Chile. For the first time, the desert stages ap­pear in the first days of the race. Am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als com­pete in the race through dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks.

Daily from Sun­day, 5.30pm, SBS1.

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