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2010 Dakar Rally Review: Not Just the Winners

Two weeks. 9,000 kilometres. Nearly 400 started. Fewer than 200 finished.   Sometimes numbers are really all you need to sum up an event.   For the second year running the Dakar Rally, rather confusingly, found itself racing across South America. From the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires to the Pacific coast of Chile and back again in a variety of cars, trucks, bikes, and quads.   The racing took place over 4,000 km of special stages, taking in fast gravel roads, the towering sand dunes of the Atacama desert, a dry salt bed, and a track at 3,000 meters above sea level through the Andes. It took even the fastest finisher nearly 48 cumulative hours.   Of course, with the equivalent of 24 F1 races, 12 NASCAR races, and two Le Mans 24 Ho...

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