A nice and enjoyable stage in the middle of sand dunes in loop format like Stage 1, without liaison sections.

Stage 1 was a warm up, 57kms with no liaison and a chance to test the car within the FB Park.

After two days of technical and administrative scrutineering at the FB Festival area, 104 competitors of 9 nationalities are eager to take part of this Dakar Series China Rally first edition.

Festivities started in the FB Park in Inner Mongolia with the first day of scrutineering and start podium final preparations.

Key points

  • The Dakar Series China Rally to be held this coming 24-30 September in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia will be broadcast in 190 countries. The scenery of the Tengger and Badain Jaran deserts will soon be viewed around the world.
  • The TV coverage will be complemented by a comprehensive social network infrastructure: the official Dakar accounts will be activated for the rally, while Chinese enthusiasts will be able to follow the action on Weibo and WeChat, their favourite social networks.

FOOTAGE OF THE RALLY TO BE AIRED ON THE 5 CONTINENTS
For its first edition, the Dakar Series China Rally will enjoy an extraordinary amount of television coverage. Six vehicles as well as a helicopter seconded by drones for capturing aerial views will provide footage to the editing teams who will produce a daily 13-minute summary and a post-rally 52-minute programme, available to 25 broadcasters servicing 190 countries.

DAILY COVERAGE ON THE OFFICIAL SITE
News from the China Rally will be posted daily on the official www.dakarserieschinarally.com site: after each stage, the classifications, driver interviews and stage summaries will be available in English and then on the other language versions of the dakar.com site.

RENDEZ-VOUS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
To stay permanently connected to the rally, the most impatient fans can head to the Chinese Weibo and WeChat platforms, where the official race accounts will provide live reports with the main race news and results. Photo and video galleries will be available at the end of the day via the rally’s Facebook page (@dakarserieschinarally) in addition to the official Instagram and Twitter accounts.