Rally Raid Andalucía 2020 Preview

Rally Raid Car on Rally Andalucía, Spain

The 2020 Andalucía Rally will see a host of former Dakar Rally champions line up for five days of combative rally-raid action over 1,354km in southern Spain as FIA World Rallycross star Kevin Hansen sets out on a new adventure.

- Expect a heavyweight tussle in the car category as Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel engage in battle with the trio winning the Dakar a staggering 19 times between them as well as WRC titles and Olympic medals.

- Reigning Dakar champion Sainz will be at the wheel of a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and Peterhansel a 4x4 MINI Rally which he drove to victory at last month's Baja Poland, while Al-Attiyah will continue with the Toyota Hilux he brought to victory at the 2019 Dakar.

- Peterhansel, 55, said: "I have a new co-pilot sitting next to me and I think Edouard (Boulanger) has a lot of potential that he can certainly exploit to the fullest."

- In the side-by-side (SxS) contest, Mitch Guthrie Jr. (USA) is back behind the wheel of his OT3 by Overdrive while Seth Quintero (USA) - who just turned 18 - and FIA World Rallycross sensation Hansen (SWE) are both getting their first drive in Andalucía.

- Hansen, 22, explained: "To have a co-driver is nice because I can share this adventure with someone. It's like learning a new language to understand pace notes."