Two-times winner Carlos Sainz said he looked forward to tackling the dunes and deserts of Saudi Arabia next year as Dakar Rally organisers presented the 'third chapter' of their endurance event recently.
The 2020 edition will be held entirely in the kingdom, starting in Jeddah on January 5 and ending in Al-Qiddiya near Riyadh on Jan.17 after 12 stages and 9000km of competitive running.
The route will take in the mountains to the north and the Rub al Khali, or 'Empty Quarter', desert region in the south of the country with dunes more than 250 metres high.
Saudi Arabia will become the 30th country visited by the Dakar.
"I think all of us are very excited. It is perfect timing for (organisers) ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) and Saudi Arabia to join forces and bring this new chapter of the Dakar," Sainz told the presentation in Al-Qiddiya.