2 Jan 2011

Dakar Rally boasts over 400 entries

11:42 am on 2 January 2011

A total of 407 vehicles have made their way to the start of the 13-stage Dakar Rally, being held again in Argentina and Chile.

The competitors were put through their final technical and administrative paces ahead of the start in Buenos Aires.

A total of 140 cars, 170 motorbikes, 30 quadbikes and 67 lorries were given the green light from the race commissioners with 23 not making the technical cut.

Carlos Sainz of Spain will be out to defend his cars title having led last year's edition from the fifth stage through to the end.

The race willl end in Buenos Aires on January 15. After staging the event 29 times in Africa between 1979 and 2007, the rally switched continents in 2008 for security reasons.