Ondřej Martinec has been forced to abandon his 2024 Dakar Rally plans after undergoing heart surgery. He and Olga Roučková were supposed to race a Toyota Land Cruiser in the Dakar Classic.
Despite a 3rd in Quad at the 2023 Dakar Rally, Pablo Copetti will not return in 2024. He considered a switch to SSV but didn’t have the cash and isn’t happy with the ASO’s new rules for Quad riders.
With the 2024 Dakar Rally’s 48-hour Chrono Stage forcing everyone to camp overnight, they will receive rations which includes sardines and leek and potato soup with coffee to wash them down.
After Riwald’s departure, Jongbloed Fiscaal Juristen has become the new title sponsor of Gert Huzink’s Truck team for the 2024 Dakar Rally.
After becoming the first electric bike to race the Dakar Rally in 2020, Tacita will have two Discanto bikes in the 2024 race’s Mission 1000 challenge.
Ecurie Frères d’Armes, who races rallies with French Army veterans piloting restored military vehicles, will return to the Dakar Classic in 2025.
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As the FIA drops the T-based structure for rally raid classes for actual terms, manager Jérôme Roussel told Relevo that the process saw much deliberation that even included asking ChatGPT.
Ahmed Alkuwari has abandoned his plans of making his fifth Dakar Rally in 2024 due to low funding. He was supposed to compete in the Challenger class.
Lithuanians Benediktas Vanagas and Vladas Jurkevičius will race Toyota Hiluxes at the 2024 Dakar Rally for Toyota Gazoo Racing Baltics.
KH-7 Epsilon Team, who was barred from racing the 2023 Dakar Rally’s T5 class as their MAN was hydrogen/diesel powered, will instead compete in the 2024 race’s Mission 1000 programme.
Astara Team will have double girl power in the driver’s seats of their 02 Concept T1.2 cars for the 2024 Dakar Rally in Laia Sanz and Patricia Pita.
After racing the 2023 Dakar Rally in a Prodrive Hunter, Vaidotas Žala will drive the Mini JCW Rally Plus for X-raid at the 2024 edition. He raced a Mini from 2020 to 2022.
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After finishing runner-up in the World Rally-Raid Quad Championship, Rodolfo Guillioli is planning to break into navigating in a car for the 2024 season.
Green Power Race will race an electric bike with Fran Pallas in the 2024 Dakar Rally’s Mission 1000 challenge for alternate-power vehicles.
After breaking his arm in an accident in Morocco, Jean-Pascal Besson will have to skip what would have been his twelfth Dakar Rally in 2024.
Mason Klein will race a Kove 450 Rally at the 2024 Dakar Rally. While technically a privateer racing for Klein Off-Road Racing Team, he will have access to Kove’s factory resources.