Dakar Challenge kicks off in South Africa

This coming Friday/Saturday the Dakar Challenge selection campaign begins on the RFS Endurance in South Africa. Even before the beginning of registration, a team debuting in the car category will  win its entry for the 2016 Dakar.

During the last three years a new event has been run to detect the most promising talents, from a country known for its all-terrain competitions, in one of the rounds of the South African championship. Johan Van Staden (31st last January) participated in his first Dakar after he won his entry on the Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana.

This weekend sees the opening round of the South African championship that was chosen to host the Dakar Challenge. The winner of the Harrismith RFS Endurance will benefit from a less stressful deadline to sign his sponsors and complete his budget for the 2016 Dakar.

The 698 kilometre race will be held in the heart of the bush and six teams are planning to battle for the big prize. Among them, two-time South African champion in his category (Class P), John Thomson, who will be one of the more serious contenders, but he will have to keep an eye on Jason Venter who represents the future of South African all-terrain competition as well as the Portuguese crew and its driver Romulo Branco, whose debut in the championship is highly anticipated.

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