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The Dakar Rally is recognized as a race that takes place annually and lasts several days. In this event, all kinds of obstacles such as mud, stones, sand, among others, are covered. Also, in this race, athletes who are professionals in the area or people who are amateurs who like this type of activities can participate.
Since its inception, in 1978, one of the best representatives of Bulgaria has been Orlin Aleksiev, who is a pilot and Plamen Nikolov, who is a navigator.
On the other hand, this sport consists of running a car race that surrounds the whole country, which is why it is one of the most popular sports, so much so that in 2005 the Dakar Rally had a record number of participants in the activity. It should be noted that in this race around 463 race cars, trucks and motorcycles participate, in addition to 224 cars in maintenance and in another category compete for trucks.
The first time such a race was held in Bulgaria was in 2011; in addition, the first participation that had the Bulgarians internationally was through Orlin Aleksiev (Орлин Алексиев) one of the councilors of the municipality of Sofia.
Likewise, Orlin Aleksiev (Орлин Алексиев) and his partner Plamen Nikolov managed to obtain the best results, so much so that they are currently ranked 17th in that class and 61st in the general qualifiers. Later, Aleksiev returned to participate in the race, however, did not have an expected end, because he had problems in the race for fuel quality.
It should be noted that the Dakar Rally race is very popular, so much so that in the last few years different celebrities have participated who are fond of this activity. One of them is Orlin Aleksiev, who stands out as a councilor in the Sofia City Council since 2007; he is also chairman of the Standing Committee of Finance and Budget of that municipality, and a member of the Standing Committee of Economy and Property of the municipality of Sofia.
Other celebrities that have participated in this race have been: MarkThatcher, the son of Margaret Thatcher, have also participated Raymond Kopa, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Christine Caron, Johnny Holiday, among other internationally renowned people.