Attention racing and off-roading fanatics! The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally will run from 6 January to 20 January 2018. This year’s race will revisit South America, including the beautiful landscapes of Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Want to make sure you don’t miss the action and stream the Dakar Rally online? Let me show you how!
Click the links below for all of the information you need about watching the Dakar Rally online!
Watching and Streaming the Dakar Rally
2018 Dakar Rally Information
When Is the 2018 Dakar Rally?
The main Dakar Rally race begins on 6 January 2018 at midnight GMT in Lima, with the finish line in Cordoba, Argentina, on 20 January. The two-week duration of the race means that Dakar enthusiasts can tune in and out of streaming the race at their own pace.
How Can I Watch the 2018 Dakar Rally Online?
Sling TV is a popular cord-cutting service that gives access to NBC Sports with its basic “Sling Orange” package. With NBC Sports holding broadcasting rights for the Dakar Rally in the US, Sling TV is an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss a second of the big race!
There’s even a seven-day free trial available, which lets you stream one week of the race for free! Sling TV also enjoys awesome compatibility with a number of devices and platforms, including Roku, Xbox One ( see our Xbox VPN guide), Chromecast, Android, and iOS.
Unfortunately, the one issue with Sling TV is that geo-blocking means the streaming service is only available to US residents. Keep reading to see how you can unblock Sling TV from outside the US!
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Those living in Europe are in luck, with Eurosport having full coverage of the 2018 Dakar Rally. This means that anyone with a Eurosport subscription can tune in online and watch the race in its entirety! Don’t have Eurosport access? New subscribers can purchase a monthly pass at just €2.99 or pay €29.99 for a whole year. Viewers can stream Eurosport online via iOS, Android, Chromecast, and Apple TV.
Unfortunately, Eurosport is similar to the aforementioned Sling TV in the sense that the service is ge0-restricted to European viewers only. This means that anyone outside of Europe will need a VPN to unblock Eurosport. Follow my step-by-step instructions below to unblock Eurosport from anywhere in the world!
Dakar Rally 2018: Other Broadcasting Options
A number of other TV broadcasters will also be covering the 2018 Dakar Rally. The biggest of these channels are RTL (Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium), beIN Sports (the Middle East), and Fox Sports Latin America.
Check out the full list of Dakar Rally 2018 TV broadcasters to see who is covering the race in your country.
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How to Watch the 2018 Dakar Rally with a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Decide on one of the viewing options for Dakar Rally 2018.
- Choose from our best VPN services list, or sign straight up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN client on the device you want to watch the race on (or set up your router to cover all of your home devices).
- Connect to a VPN server in a country where the stream will be available: the US for Sling TV or anywhere in Europe for Eurosport.
- Go to the streaming option you’ve selected and start streaming the 2018 Dakar Rally.
- That’s it! Make sure you keep the VPN connected while streaming the race to avoid any buffering issues.
2018 Dakar Rally: Event Information
Where Is It?
The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally will begin in Lima, Peru. The 9,000 km journey will take racers to the finish line in Cordoba, Argentina. There will be a rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, which will mark about 1/3 of the race complete. Other big cities included in the Dakar Rally are Salta and San Juan. You can check out the full 2018 Dakar Rally route here!
The Dakar Rally is one of those events that is different every year, with hostile terrain and unrelenting temperatures being the biggest issues the drivers will face. The annual race is also famous for its wide range of contestants, one of whom will be former Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas! The Champions League-winning coach is set to compete in this year’s rally after he quit as coach of Shanghai SIPG.
Other big-time contestants include last year’s winner, Sam Sunderland, as well as Matthias Walkner and Alexandre Giroud. Check out the full contestant list for Dakar Rally 2018 here.
Who ‘s your pick to win the first big race of 2018? Will a previous winner claim another victory or will a new face step up to the challenge? Share your thoughts in the comments below!