After 13 days of intense competition and a stage of 9,000 km through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile the 35th edition of Dakar Rally 2014 was completed on the 18th January in Valparaiso, Chile. And as it is the longest and most complicated rally in the world, all participants that reached the end can be considered authentic heroes.
Among them: our DARK DOG racer Nelson Sanabria, who reached the 12th place in the overall ranking and became the first Paraguayan to complete the most demanding race in the world in the class of quads. “Throughout this year we did a lot to get to Dakar, race after race, training, hours on the quads and finally the time came. We were able to complete the race in a good way”, said Nelson excited and with an indelible smile on his face.
With 527 kilometers and extreme conditions of both climate and terrain Nelson highlighted stage 5 from Chilecito to Tucumán, where he remained “pulled down without water” and had to wait until he could complete the stage, becoming the most difficult of the race.
Really happy and grateful for the support, our new Paraguayan hero described the Dakar Rally as “a long and really hard process, but worth it.” And added that he will head to Asunción to celebrate the Dakar and his birthday – we think that´s a party he really deserves!
So from DARK DOG we wish Nelson all the best for his birthday and congratulations for the great success!
Here are the best snaps from this big adventure!