One of the most gruelling sporting challenges on the planet gets the motorsport year off to a flying start as the 2013 Dakar Rally takes place in South America.
For the fifth edition organised on the continent, the Dakar will be hosted by three countries – Peru, Chile and Argentina – that have unveiled their characteristics over the last few years.
British Eurosport provides daily coverage from every twist and turn of the race, with the conclusions of selected stages live.
For the first time, the desert stages will make their appearance in the first few days of the rally.
After reacquainting with Lima, the riders and drivers will get straight to the heart of the matter.
The release of the start list reveals a new twist in the battle for the honours as Honda steps into the fray as an official motorcycle manufacturer to take the fight to KTM.
Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz combines forces with Nasser Al Attiyah in the hopes of challenging the powerful Mini trio led by Stéphane Peterhansel.
In the car category, X-Raid are fielding a star-studded team including Nani Roma and Krzysztof Hołowczyc.
But rulebook amendments may have changed the state of play and now no-one knows if they still have an edge over the promising Toyotas of Giniel De Villiers and Lucio Álvarez.
In the truck category, the Ivecos of Team de Rooy handed the Kamazs their first defeat since 2007.
They are hoping to build on this success with defending champion Gerard de Rooy, his cousin Hans Stacey and Italy’s Miki Biasion.
This year’s event also features the British team Race2Recovery, which consists of injured servicemen, former soldiers, sailors and airmen, and also people with no military background who are able to offer rally driving expertise.
The team is aiming to become the first disability team to complete the entire rally, raising thousands of pounds for a Help for Heroes project, the Tedworth House recovery centre in Wiltshire.
British Eurosport is the only place to follow the action from the 2013 Dakar Rally. Details below:Saturday 5th January Stage 1 – Lima (PER) to Pisco – 263km LIVE: 6.00pm-6.30pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Sunday 6th January Stage 2 -Pisco to Pisco – 327km Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Monday 7th January Stage 3 – Piscoto Nazca – 343km LIVE: 7.00pm-7.30pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Tuesday 8th January Stage 4 – Nazca to Arequipa – 717km Highlights: 10.15pm-10.45pm – British Eurosport Wednesday 9th January Stage 5 – Arequipa to Arica (CHI) – 509km Highlights: 10.35pm-11.05pm – British Eurosport Thursday 10th January Stage 6 – Arica to Calama – 767km LIVE: 6.45pm-7.15pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 11.00pm-11.30pm – British Eurosport Friday 11th January Stage 7 – Calama to Salta (ARG) – 754km Highlights: 10.15pm-10.45pm – British Eurosport Saturday 12th January Stage 8 – Salta to San Miguel de Tucuman – 849km LIVE: 6.15pm-6.45pm – British Eurosport 2 Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Sunday 13th January Rest Day Week 1 Review: 11.00pm-11.30pm – British Eurosport Monday 14th January Stage 9 – San Miguel de Tucuman to Cordoba – 852km LIVE: 6.00pm-6.30pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Tuesday 15th January Stage 10 – Cordoba to La Rioja – 623km LIVE: 5.30pm-6.00pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 10.15pm-10.45pm – British Eurosport Wednesday 16th January Stage 11 – La Rioja to Fiambala – 481km Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Thursday 17th January Stage 12 – Fiambala to Copiapo (CHI) – 715km LIVE: 6.30pm-7.00pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 11.00pm-11.30pm – British Eurosport Friday 18th January Stage 13 – Copiapo to La Serena – 735km LIVE: 5.45pm-6.15pm – British Eurosport Highlights: 10.00pm-10.30pm – British Eurosport Saturday 19th January Stage 14 – La Serena to Santiago – 630km LIVE: 5.45pm-6.15pm – British Eurosport 2 Highlights: 11.00pm-11.30pm – British Eurosport