Originally Posted by rallye
ther is no way possible it would come to Australia ,as big as Australia is ,all land is either owned or governed by one body or another . it is impossible to get stage distances long enough to be worhty of calling the race 'Dakar ".
the Australian Safari struggles to get any stages long enough to test anyones endurance out . they have to have 2 or 3 stages a day to get enough km's as competitive.
the Dakar usually only has 1 stage a day ,300 -600 km .
plus it would cost the Euro's a packet to get them and all their equipment here.
they have no concern for other nationalities if they want to do the Dakar ,but i could'nt see them rushing to get to Australia.
Plus having off-piste stages is next to totally impossible due to both land access restrictions and the landscape itself, the vegetation even in the biggest deserts here has a lot more vegetation than north africa or south america deserts do. Its a lot like Argentina was on the first couple of days of the 2009 Dakar, thick scrub.
Thats why the Safari is all on existing tracks and is all roadbook navigation with no GPS, the GPS is redundant.