The Dakar hits the Goodwood Festival of Speed!
The Dakar is making its first appearance in the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed —the leading event for motor sport enthusiasts in the United Kingdom— to tell British fans everything about the 2019 edition, scheduled to take place in Peru from 6 to 17 January.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, a must for every motor sport enthusiast in Britain, is held in the Sussex countryside every year. Historic vehicles, Formula 1 cars, endurance prototypes… Thousands of glamorous vehicles will be exhibited until Sunday to the delight of the huge crowds. There are two vehicles that are turning more heads than most this year: the KTM 450 Rally and the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi.
"A country steeped in motor racing history"
The two vehicles can be seen in an area dedicated to the Dakar. "We absolutely had to be here. The United Kingdom is a country steeped in motor racing history", says Xavier Gavory, the manager of the Dakar's competitor department. "A great deal of teams, famous circuits and legendary racers are British." Sam Sunderland, who became the first British winner of the Dakar on his KTM 450 Rally in 2017, is one of them.
He also came to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and was delighted to get the chance to help British fans [re-]discover the Dakar. It was also an opportunity to talk about the upcoming edition of the Dakar, a 100% Peruvian race scheduled for next January: "Knowing the Peruvian dunes and terrain, I'm sure the next Dakar will go down to the wire", says the KTM rider. "We'll have an amazing battle for victory, that's for sure."
Bring it on!
Sunderland is not the only competitor who cannot wait for the rally to get going. Harry Hunt is another. Two years ago, racing as the youngest British competitor in the Dakar, he created a sensation when he finished tenth at the wheel of a Mini draped entirely in the Union Flag. Harry Hunt will be starting his second Dakar in a Peugeot 3008 prepared by PH Sport. "I'm really excited about this new adventure. I work every day to be at my best in January."
He will be sharing the bivouac with his brother Max, who has already completed the Dakar twice on a motorbike. This time round, he will try his luck in the "Original by Motul" category for riders without assistance crews. British fans, who savoured every word of their champions, have until Sunday to check out the best moments of the Dakar and start looking forward to following the competitors' adventures in Peru in January.