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Dakar 2024: Taurus presents its drivers for the Dakar Rally 2024
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Dakar 2024: Taurus presents its drivers for the Dakar Rally 2024

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After a year in 2023 which saw it establish itself as a major player in the World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC), TAURUS is preparing for the Dakar 2024 with a line-up of drivers combining youth, experience and above all speed.
TAURUS, born this year from the partnership between manufacturer MCE-5 and Wevers Sports, will have nine TAURUS T3s, the vehicle with the strongest growth in terms of presence during the season, in the Challenger category (ex T3).


The official TAURUS team is made up of American Mitchell Guthrie, winner of five stages on the 2023 Dakar and runner-up in the W2RC, Argentine Nicolas Cavigliasso, winner of the Quads in 2019, and Saudi Arabian Dania Akeel.

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Energylandia Rally Team, which benefits from the technical assistance of Wevers Sports, includes Poles Eryk Goczal, winner of the Dakar at the age of 19 last January, Marek Goczal and Michal Goczal.

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The BBR team will be joined by Spaniard Cristina Gutiérrez and Brazilians Gunter Hinkelmann and Marcelo Tiglia Gastaldi.

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The experience and speed of Guthrie, Cavigliasso, Eryk Goczal and Gutierrez bode well for TAURUS' performance in the world's toughest race.
The 46th edition of the Dakar will start from Al-Ula on 5 January 2024 and finish in Yanbu on 19 January. This represents 14 days of competition, spread over 13 stages plus a Prologue.
As always, the Dakar will begin with technical and administrative scrutineering on 3 and 4 January at the Al-Ula start camp. After a short Prologue on 5 January, the race will start its first stage towards Al-Henakiyah a day later.
From there, it will continue towards the south-east of Saudi Arabia to venture into the "Empty Quarter". A rest day will be held in the capital Riyadh on 13 January, before the second leg of the race takes participants to Yanbu.
The great novelty of the race is the "48h Chrono" stage, which will take place in the Empty Quarter. It is similar to a marathon stage in that the crews will have to get by without their equipment.
Except that on the first day, at 16:00, the stage will stop and the crews will have to go to one of the six bivouacs along the route. There, they will have no contact with the outside world and will therefore not know where the other protagonists are. The rally resumes the following day at 7.00 am.
The total distance of the 2024 Dakar Rally is 7,891 kilometres, including 4,727 kilometres against the clock.

Source Taurus official press release

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