ダカールラリー最終コース テストラン動画

2013年1月4日、南米ペルーの首都リマをスタートし、チリの首都サンティアゴを目指す冒険ラリー【ダカールラリー】。
このダカールラリーの最終ルート確認・試走の様子が、ダカールラリーオフィシャルページで公開されています。
ピックアップベースのマシンにオフィシャルスタッフが乗り込み、荒野を、ガレ場を、砂漠をただひたすら走る。
それにしてもさすがは主催者スタッフ。市販車のピックアップトラックをちょっと改造したようなクルマで本コースをスイスイ走る。スゴい。
当たり前ですが、運転が上手!

ダカールラリー2013 最終ルート確認【Last Recognition】

リリース
Writing the road-book represents the main mission of the reconnoitring team, which will be finishing its work in several days’ time. It is also necessary to write another essential document devoted to safety issues.

The riders and drivers of the Dakar have their own bible: the road-book. On each stage, this document sets out via the menu all the portions of terrain that the riders and rivers must cross, the dangers to avoid, the directions to head in and the visual landmarks that help navigation. Putting this vital information down on paper is why David Castera and Etienne Lavigne survey the tracks and dunes of the rally, accompanied by the entire reconnoitring team, made up of three or four vehicles depending on the sessions. The programme of the small group’s journey in October involved checking out the last eight stages, i.e. from San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina, to Santiago in Chile. “The average is always two days per stage, because we spend a lot of time stopping. When we are on days with split routes, which will be the case for several stages next year, we sometimes even devote three days to one single stage,” explains Castera.

Apart from the road-book, the complete works of David Castera each year also include a major opus, the safety book, which will be used during the entire rally by the organisers to respect the precise structure of the resources deployed around the route. Francisco Romero plays a central role in the drafting of this voluminous volume and, as a result, occupies the passenger seat in David Castera’s car during the most part of reconnoitring: “Unless he’s been attacked by the dunes, Francisco has already made a first journey over the terrain, both to ensure where authorisations will be needed to cross certain sectors, and to gain an idea of the places where a police presence will be necessary, for example. Afterwards, we decide together which zones we will assign to spectators or the exact places where the traffic must be stopped when the route crosses other roads”. With this new map, the Argentinean coordinator then meets the “top brass” of the forces of law and order in each country, with whom he will again gobble up the kilometres to establish the definitive needs in terms of planning, because, with Francisco, when it’s time, it’s time!


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