After speculation that the 2019 Dakar Rally may not be run, sole host country Peru has put our minds at ease and confirmed that the race will go ahead.
Both Bolivia and Chile decided to pull out of the off-road race for 2019, leaving Peru as the sole country to take on the economic burden of hosting. Reports said that the country was also considering pulling out thanks to its initial economic evaluation, but now Peru has confirmed that the off-road race will go ahead.
Labeled an “event of national interest,” by the country, the 41st running of the Dakar Rally will take place from January 6 to 17, 2019.
Investment in infrastructure, security, logistics and hosting fees charged by the ASO are the major economic burdens brought on by the race, though Peru does stand to make money thanks to all the cash brought into the country from the competitors and fans.