December 31st- January 15th 2023 100% Saudi Arabia

Robby Gordon will NOT be competing.

Saudi Arabia is +8 hours on Eastern Time / +11 on the West Coast.

December 31st, the Rally Raid starts in Sea Camp, Saudi Arabia and races North than South East before racing to North to the city of Dammam.


More info as more info becomes available.
All DAKAR postings will be in this thread.

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STAGES 7 AND 8 IN MARATHON MODE
01:08

. With the weather conditions preventing the installation of the bivouac at Al Duwadimi in complete operating conditions for the entire caravan, stages 7 and 8 have been rearranged in order to propose an equivalent sporting programme that is relevant for the competitors. Based on the initial route, the specials for stages 7 and 8 have been exchanged, with shortened distances making it possible to have a manageable link route on each of the days.

. For stage 7, which will take place on Saturday 7th January (Riyadh > Al Duwadimi), the special will take place over 333 kilometres. Since the competitors were not expecting a genuine marathon stage at this point in the race, an assistance zone will be set up after the finishing line of the special (via a 94-km link route), for a maximum time slot of two hours. The riders, drivers and crews will then head towards Al Duwadimi (via a 240-link route) where their vehicles will be parked in a secure enclosure.

. Stage 8, on Sunday 8th January, will take the return journey to Riyadh, with the loop initially planned for stage 7 on the programme, but shortened by 128 kilometres. The race against the clock will therefore take place over 345 kilometres and then the competitors will head to the bivouac in Riyadh.

. The rest day will take place at the site in Riyadh on Monday 9th January and the Dakar will then resume its initially planned schedule… in the sunshine!

Really appreciate all the updates Mike!! Just wish I could check in here more often.

Extended highlights of Stage 6 presented by Aramco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZIiPAPPEvE

Interview of the day presented by Aramco - Stage 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNiO-6Cdl0E

Difficult rally stage for the Coronel brothers, extra help from the locals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLZB2e52bY

Stage 6 | Motorsports on NBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUO2a-rVbR0

Stage 6 - 2023 Dakar Rally | EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS | 1/6/23 | Motorsports on NBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPOQwGI-fks

And this Dakar gets more interesting all the time, never a dull moment this year.
Too bad the Coronel brothers had such a difficult stage. I do try to remember to watch their videos.

Stage 7 (cancelled for Motorbikes and Lawnmowers) Race is on for Cars, UTV's and Trucks
No maps, destination, or race length known to me.
9:05PM PT first car start
http://trackingdakar.com/en/stage-7/cars/live/
https://www.dakar.live.worldrallyraidchampionship.com/en/car/7/late...

my bad 10:05PM PT

START DELAYED | T1
22:02

The start of the car special, originally scheduled for 9:05 am local time, has been delayed by 30 minutes. Yesterday's winner, Nasser Al Attiyah, will therefore hit the track at 9:35 am.

AKA 10:35PM PT

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