Dakar Tour Holland: The 2018 route has convinced


Dutch drivers and crews during the conference yesterday. Copyright A.S.O.

Key points

• More than 150 people turned out for the Dakar Tour Wednesday evening at the Experience Island domain, at Loon Op Zand in The Netherlands.

• Dakar regulars, former competitors as well as a few new potential entries got a look at the 2018 Dakar route through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, presented by Sporting Director, Marc Coma.

• A 100% female team is being prepared for the car category as is a solidarity project in the truck category.

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The Dakar Tour made a stop last night in The Netherlands at the Experience Island domain in Loon op Zand, in a region that is home to several teams. Each year The Netherlands is represented by a large contingent of crews in the truck category.

In the presence of the Peruvian ambassador to The Netherlands, Sporting Director, Marc Coma detailed the 14 days of competition of the 2018 Dakar, which will start in Lima next January 6. For edition 40, which will also be the 10th on the South American continent, the field will return to the dunes in Peru, then head to Bolivia and Argentina, where Córdoba will host the arrival of the rally on January 20.

The loop stages scheduled for 2018 drew particular attention among the participants. In the truck category, a solidarity project is being prepared, which should make it possible to transport a rescue vehicle in one of the countries crossed. Over with the cars, an all-female team (driver, co-driver and assistance) should also be at the start of the 2018 Dakar. Richard De Groot, who has finished seven of the eight Dakars he participated in on a bike, made the switch to trucks in 2016, confirmed he wants to comeback in 2018. And finally, Dutchwoman Mirjam Pol, who has taken part in the Dakar five times and won the female category in 2009, announced her intention to be at the start of edition 40. The conference was followed by a friendly evening highlighted by a barbeque.