The Central Europe Rally
was a rally-raid endurance race held in Romania
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. It was held in 2008 as a replacement for the canceled 2008 Dakar Rally
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. It was organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation
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The event began in Budapest on April 19 and finished at Lake Balaton in Hungary on April 26, 2008.
Here 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.
| Date (2008, April) || Stage || Start || Finish || KM Special Stage* || KM Road Section* || TOTAL*
| Saturday 19
|| Checks in
| Sunday 20
|| Baia Mare
| Monday 21
|| Baia Mare
|| Baia Mare
| Tuesday 22
|| Baia Mare
| Wednesday 23
| Thursday 24
| Friday 25
| Saturday 26
| *Route may be subject to change
|| 2, 671
1. David Casteu (KTM) 12:21:14
2. Francisco Lopez (KTM) +2:58
3. Alain Duclos (KTM) +19:39
4. J.M. Pellicer (YAMAHA) +21:20
5. Cyril Despres
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1. Carlos Sainz
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/Michel Périn, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, 11h18m08s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel
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/Jean-Paul Cottret, Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 2.01m
3. Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 6.34m
4. Luc Alphand
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/Gilles Picard, Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 7.28m
5. Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 33.45m
6. Bruno Saby
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/Alain Guehennec, BMW X3
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CC, + 46.30m
7. Robert Baldwin
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/Kevin Heath, Hummer H3
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, + 56.02m
8. Philippe Gache
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/François Flick, SMG, + 1h07m08s
9. Miroslav Zapletal/Valdimir Nemajer, Mitsubishi L200, + 1h12m19s
10. Robby Gordon
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/Andy Grider, Hummer H3, + 1h25m38s
1. Hans Stacey
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, Chevaillier, Der Kinderen, MAN TGA, 11:43:20
2. Van Ginkel, Bruinsma, De Rooy, GINAF
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3. Karel Loprais
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, Lala, Holan, Tatra T815
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- 2, +0:53:18
4. Spacil, Zak Jiri, Nemec, Liaz
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5. Dono, Bettiga, Fumagalli, Iveco
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