Central Europe Rally

The Central Europe Rally was a rally raid endurance race held in Romania and Hungary and technically the 30th running of the Dakar Rally.[1] While not officially listed in the lineage of the canceled Dakar Rally, decisions made by the Amaury Sport Organisation to hold this event using Dakar Rally entries made this the 30th event since the 1979 Paris-Dakar Rally.

2008 Central Europe Rally
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Host country Hungary
Stages7 (1,092 km; 679 mi)
Overall distance2,671 km (1,660 mi)
Cars winnerSpain Carlos Sainz and France Michel Périn
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2
Bikes winnerFranceDavid Casteu
Trucks winnerNetherlandsHans Stacey, Belgium Eddy Chevaillier, Netherlands Bernard der Kinderen,

After the Amaury Sport Organisation cancelled the 2008 Dakar Rally days prior to the event as a result of 2007 killing of French tourists in Mauritania (the event is owned by a French organisation) less than two weeks before the schedule start of the race, all Dakar Rally entries were deferred to this event, which technically makes this event part of the lineage.[2] [2]


The event began in Budapest on April 19 and finished at Lake Balaton in Hungary on April 26, 2008.[1]

Below is a table with the locations of the start and finish points of each stage of the Rally, as well as each stage's distance.[3]

Date Stage Start Finish Special Stage (km) Road Section (km) Total Stage winners
Bikes Quads Cars Trucks
20 April 1   Budapest   Baia Mare 63 468 531   M. Coma   L. Szabo   C. Sainz   H. Stacey
21 April 2   Baia Mare 152 140 292   D. Casteu   R. Irimescu   S. Peterhansel   H. Stacey
22 April 3   Baia Mare   Debrecen 152 285 437   J. Katriňák   R. Irimescu   G. de Villiers   A. Loprais
23 April 4   Debrecen   Veszprém 150 430 580   C. Despres   H. Deltrieu   C. Sainz   H. Stacey
24 April 5   Veszprém 210 107 317   D. Casteu   N. Nemeth   C. Sainz   H. Stacey
25 April 6   Veszprém 210 107 317   C. Despres   H. Deltrieu   C. Sainz   H. Stacey
26 April 7   Veszprém   Balatonfüred 155 42 197   J. Katriňák   C. Declerck   C. Sainz   H. Stacey
1,092 1,579 2,671



1. David Casteu (KTM) 12:21:14[4]
2. Francisco López (KTM) +2:58[4]
3. Alain Duclos (KTM) +19:39[4]
4. José Manuel Pellicer (Yamaha) +21:20[4]
5. Cyril Despres (KTM) +22:50[4]


1. Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, 11h18m08s[5]
2. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret, Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 2.01m[5]
3. Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 6.34m[5]
4. Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard, Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 7.28m[5]
5. Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 33.45m[5]
6. Bruno Saby/Alain Guehennec, BMW X3 CC, + 46.30m[5]
7. Robert Baldwin/Kevin Heath, Hummer H3, + 56.02m[5]
8. Philippe Gache/François Flick, SMG, + 1h07m08s[5]
9. Miroslav Zapletal/Valdimir Nemajer, Mitsubishi L200, + 1h12m19s[5]
10. Robby Gordon/Andy Grider, Hummer H3, + 1h25m38s[5]


1. Hans Stacey, Eddy Chevaillier, Bernard der Kinderen, MAN TGA, 11:43:20[6]
2. Wulfer van Ginkel, Daniël Bruinsma, Richard de Rooy, GINAF X2222, +0:33:43[6]
3. Aleš Loprais, Ladislav Lála, Milan Holáň, Tatra T815-2, +0:53:18[6]
4. Marek Spáčil, Jiří Žák, Zdeněk Němec, LIAZ 151154, +1:27:42[6]
5. Marco Dono, Andrea Bettiga, Angelo Fumagalli, Iveco, +1:28:27[6]


  1. ^ a b Central Europe Rally 2008: 2008 Edition > The Route Archived 2008-04-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Central Europe Rally 2008: 2008 Edition > Sporting Aspects Archived April 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The route". Archived from the original on 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e Central Europe Rally – Victory for Sainz and Casteu - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "RallySport Magazine – Sainz wins Central Europe Rally". Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Motorsport.com: News channel". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-04-30.