The 2008 Dakar Rally was canceled on January 4, 2008 amid fears of terrorist attack(s). This caused serious doubts over the future of the rally. Various newspapers in Africa called the cancellation a “death sentence” for the race. Chile and Argentina, in South America, offered their territory to host the event, as well as the Czech Republic, or Hungary in Central Europe.
The ASO finally decided to establish the Dakar Series competition, which first event is the 2008 Central Europe Rally (Hungary-Romania), between April 20 and April 26, 2008. The 2009 event will organized in the two South American countries, between January 3-18, 2009.
directed by Charley Boorman