Budapest-Bamako rally to start from Budapest on Jan 17
A total of 108 teams with about 600 participants have entered the 4th Budapest-Bamako amateur desert rally, scheduled to start out from the Hungarian capital on January 17, organisers told MTI on Wednesday.
Drivers will have to complete a course of nearly 10,000 kilometres in about two weeks, passing through Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and arriving in Bamako, the capital of Mali.
Racers in what its organisers dubbed as "no-frills Dakar" are allowed to compete with any type of vehicle. The rally aims to offer a racing opportunity for anyone who, for shortage of funds, can only dream of joining the prestigious "Dakar Rally". Drivers will freely choose the route they cover between two night rest areas.
The field of competitors features three-time winner Daniela and Juraj Ulrich, a couple from Slovakia driving a Nissan Navara D40, who are considered the top favourite this year, too.
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