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 Monday, 31 December, 2001, 19:40 GMT
New stages for Paris-Dakar rally
Jutta Kleinschmidt
Drivers will face a more demanding rally next season
In a revised format, the 2002 Dakar rally will have new two-day stages, and navigation aids will be prohibited in some stretches of the race.

Organisers said the competitors will face real endurance tests because of new marathon stages introduced.

"Every driver will be on his own to handle with courage and intelligence a two-day stage of some 1,500 kilometres," they said.

Two such stages will be held between Ouarzazat and Zouerat over 1,542 km on 3 January and between Tichit and Dakar over 1,472 km on the penultimate day of the rally.

Two stages will be held with the GPS (global positioning system) beacons neutralised, forcing competitors to test their navigation skills.

The race, which was not on the FIA world championship calendar this season, will start from Arras in northern France on 28 December and reach Dakar on 13 January.

Cars and motorcycles will compete over 9,438 km including 3,979 km of timed stages in Africa.

After three stages in Europe, two in France and one in Spain, the rally will cross to Africa for three stages in Morocco, six in Mauritania and two in Senegal.


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