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SÉBASTIEN LOEB UNVEILS 2019 DAKAR RALLY CHALLENGER

 Sébastien Loeb headed to the Netherlands this weekend to debut his Peugeot 3008 DKR that he will be taking on the 2019 Dakar Rally with.The PH Sport run private entry will be backed by Red Bull as Loeb bids to become the first privateer since Jean-Louis Schlesser in 2000 to win the event outright.         Image: Red Bull […]

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Toyota Gazoo Racing: Piecing together 2019 Dakar Rally puzzle

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has thrown down the gauntlet in their quest for the missing piece of their Dakar Rally puzzle: the overall first place.Since their debut in 2012, the team has secured three second places and three third places in the cars category and team principal Glyn Hall has made their intentions clear […]

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Sébastien Loeb back to Dakar 2019 as a privateer

Nine-time World Rally Champion and recent Rally Catalunya winner Sébastien Loeb will sensationally return to the Dakar Rally next year as a privateer, backed by Red Bull.The 44-year-old Frenchman, who won his 79th WRC rally in Spain last weekend, will drive a Peugeot 3008DKR navigated by Daniel Elena. This is similar to the car with which he finished runner-up to […]

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This Bugatti Chiron Would Be Ready To Compete In The Dakar Rally

Bugatti has made no secret of the fact that it is ready to expand its range beyond the existing Chiron.The first model will reportedly be an even faster version of the Chiron, which might or might not be named the Super Sport and is expected at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. This, however, is just another variant of […]

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A must read: Is Cross-Country Rally an investment or an expense?

(Originally published on www.rallyraidnetwork.com) The uncommon succession of events affecting the Dakar provided us with the perfect opportunity to discuss a topic related with the support of the races by the official authorities, something that we were wanting to do for quite some time. Dakar is the biggest rally of the world by all terms, […]

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New Audi e-tron FE05 Breaks Cover

  The new Audi e-tron FE05 that will defend the ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams’ championship was unveiled in a ‘digital launch’ event on Thursday.The new design has completed its development testing phase with running largely conducted at both the Mallorca test facility and at Audi’s own track at Neuburg, Germany. Lucas di Grassi […]

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Dakar heavyweights head to Rallye du Maroc for final tune-up

Top contenders for Dakar Rally glory on two and four wheels are in Morocco this week for an offroad battle royale. The prestigious Rallye du Maroc will test racers and their machines over a punishing six-day schedule. A win in Northwest Africa is sure to put the victorious crew on pole position ahead of a trip to Peru next […]

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Three Dakar champion drivers step on gas with new X-raid MINI JCW Team

The crackle of excitement surrounding the 2019 Dakar Rally just got a whole lot louder. The new X-raid MINI JCW Team will be taking their place on the starting grid in Peru with a line-up of exceptional driving talent. Former Team Peugeot Total drivers Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel boast a staggering 20 Dakar victories between them. The trio will each […]

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The Soviet Rally Car With the Heart of a Porsche 959

In the 1970s, Porsche consulted with Soviet automaker Lada. One of the results was this, the Lada Samara T3, a Paris-Dakar rally competitor with a flat-six engine and Porsche 959 all-wheel drive. Here’s a piece of Porsche history you probably didn’t know about: Back in 1975, Viktor Polyakov, the Soviet Union’s automotive industry minister, made […]

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Peugeot refugee Sainz joins X-raid Mini for 2019 Dakar Rally

Carlos Sainz Sr will enter the 2019 Dakar Rally to defend his title after signing with the X-raid Mini squad alongside Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, Motorsport.com has learned.Sainz made clear it after winning his second Dakar last January that if he received an attractive offer that would allow him to continue fighting to win […]

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Rally dos Sertões 2018: NWM-X Rally Team leading the Sertões

The joint effort between South Africa’s Neil Woolridge Motorsport and Brazil’s X Rally Team is leading the overall classification after two days of competition in the Rally dos Sertões. Current car champions Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti, in great form, won the first two rounds in the chase for their third consecutive title and lead […]

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Lorenzo Santolino, TVS Racing Storm India Baja 2018

Lorenzo Santolino blitzed the sandy terrain of Jaisalmer on his Apache RTR 450EX to clinch the crown in the 2018 iteration of India Baja, one of the demanding rally events in the country. India’s star rider, CS Santosh of Hero MotoSport, came in second while TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer, who won the ticket to […]

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BACK TO DAKAR FOR HENNIE

Rookie hero de Klerk aims even higher South Africa’s reigning Dakar car rookie champion Hennie de Klerk will be heading back to Peru for the 2019 event intent to deliver a top-twenty finish on top of that rookie car performance last time around. The Pretoria privateer will confirm his TreasuryOne team’s car and other details […]

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2019 Dakar Rally Schedule & Route: Initial Details Released (All Peru, 10 Stages)

As the 41st edition of the Dakar Rally nears, the organizers have released some official initial information.The 2019 Dakar Rally, the endurance off-road event coined as the “world’s toughest race,” will take place in South America once again. But this time the entire event will occur in Peru, beginning and ending in the Lima, the country’s capital. […]

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The Dakar 2019 looms ever closer

Monster Energy Honda Team continues with the preparations for the 41st edition of the Dakar while the official confirmation that the event will go ahead has been announced. It has also been revealed that the world’s toughest race will take place, in its entirety, in Peru over a total of ten stages. Race organizers of […]

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DAKAR MOTORCYCLE HERO, JOEY EVANS, THE CELEBRITY NAVIGATOR AT ATLAS COPCO 400

The motorcycle rider, Joey Evans who was paralyzed from below his chest in 2007 not only learnt to walk again but went on to realise his dream by finishing the Dakar Rally last year, will try a new facet of motorsport when he will read the notes from the navigators’ seat for Terence Marsh (Red-Lined […]

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Dakar Rally confirms Peru route despite recent doubts

The 2019 Dakar Rally will take place entirely in Peru, its government has confirmed, after declaring it an “event of national interest” on Thursday. This comes after weeks of uncertainty about the event next January, as the Andean country’s government questioned the economic requirements of holding the Dakar, both in terms of investment in infrastructure and […]

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Peru uncertainty leaves Dakar 2019 in the balance

The fate of the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally appears to be hanging in the balance, with sole host country Peru reportedly threatening to pull out over financial concerns.Last month, Dakar organiser ASO announced a 2019 route taking place entirely inside Peru, following Bolivia’s withdrawal and Chile dropping out of a planned return at the […]

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Carlos Sainz Sr. in Talks With Toyota, X-raid for Dakar 2019 Return

Earlier this year, driver Carlos Sainz Sr. and co-driver Lucas Cruz won the 2018 Dakar Rally. The duo won the Dakar in the Team Total Peugeot 3008 DKR. The Drive previously announced that Peugeot was leaving the Dakar after 2018 making Sainz Sr.’s Dakar future unknown, possibly until now. Motorsport reports that Carlos Sainz Sr. is in talks with […]

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Dakar 2019: Sainz to return in a Mini

Ever since the 2018 edition of Dakar Rally ended with his second victory, there were a lot of suspicions about the future of Carlo Sainz. Now we have the answer: the defending champion returns with X-Raid in 2019, turning down the offer of Toyota that was also on the table. After winning his second title […]

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Dakar Rally looks at Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru for route

The Dakar Rally officials plan to ask Argentina, Bolivia and Chile if they are interested in being on the route before deciding in a few months whether to return to Africa following the 2019 edition, the endurance race’s director, Etienne Lavigne said on Monday. “We know today that there’s a difficult situation in countries like […]

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TOYOTA PROUD TO SUPPORT THE ROAD TO DAKAR AT 2018 DESERT RACE

Toyota SA Motors will again be supporting the Road to Dakar initiative at this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1,000 Desert Race. This race-within-a-race was previously known as the Dakar Challenge, and offers privateer crews the opportunity to win a free entry to the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally. “We believe the Road to […]

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Plans to bring Dakar Rally back home

Plans are underway to return the famous Dakar Rally to Africa, a decade after the last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has said. ] “We already have some avenues open, notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, […]

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 Dakar 2019 : 100% Peru, 100% Dakar

➢ Edition 41 of the Dakar will be contested from January 6th to 17th 2019, on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru with the start and finish in Lima. ➢ Mapped around the Peruvian deserts, the 2019 Dakar promises to be one of the sandiest in the history of the rally. While the expanded […]

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Is the Dakar dead?

The eyes of Dakar competitors and followers will be focused on Paris today where the organisers of the Dakar ASO will make their presentation on the 2019 South American Dakar.  They have quite a few problems that need to be addressed and it is not going to be easy to set the minds of those […]

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Bolivia withdraws from the Dakar

Bolivia will not host the Dakar Rally in 2019 amid ongoing disagreements with organisers ASO over the race course, government officials announced Tuesday. Bolivia has hosted stages of the race every year since 2014, which was “highly beneficial both financially and for the global promotion of Bolivia as a tourist destination”, according to the local minister for culture […]

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Hero Motosports Team Rally Kick-Starts Its ‘Road To Dakar 2019’ Campaign With The Merzouga Rally 2018

Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport division of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., will begin its ‘Road to Dakar 2019’ campaign with the 2018 Merzouga Rally to be held in Morocco from 15th – 20th April 2018. This will be the Team’s first international rally of the year. The Hero MotoSports Team […]

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Dakar Rally 2019: Easy Rally will be new owner of three Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi

Good news: The former factory Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi – and parts of the former team – will be in new hands. The French “Easy Rally” team, based in the Village of Tossiat, will buy three of the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi and founded the team “Easy Rally Raid”. Next to the cars, the teams […]

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Dakar Rally likely to return to Algeria

Algerian authorities and organizers of the Dakar Rally are discussing the probable return of this famous race to Algeria, the President of the Algerian Federation of Motor-sports, Chihab Bahloul, said on Sunday. Bahloul was quoted as saying by TSA news web site that “the Algerian Ministry of Sports met with the rally organizers, and agreed […]

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Dakar 2019: Peru is back and Argentina could be leaving….

There is no doubt that this time of the year the one of the most productive in what can be considered “rumours” about the next edition of Dakar Rally.  We have already spoken about this many times, and the fact is that we can only be sure of what comes ahead when ASO reveals the plans for […]

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How to survive the Dakar Rally

 Giniel de Villiers tells Graham Scott – Autocar how Have you got the sand for the Dakar? It’s one of the most iconic sporting events in the world. It’s so locked into the public’s psyche that it doesn’t seem to matter that what was the Paris-Dakar is now the Dakar Rally – and it’s not […]

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Coma Announces Departure from Dakar Rally Sporting Director Role

Dakar Rally sporting director Marc Coma has announced he has opted to leave the role following the conclusion of this year’s edition of the event after three years in the job.The Spaniard was a twelve-time competitor of the event in the bikes class, and has five victories to his name, including his final two attacks […]

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Spanish Motorcyclist Laia Sanz Looks to Further Improve Her Stellar Resume

MADRID – Spanish female off-road motorcyclist Laia Sanz has a resume few can match, having crossed the finish line in all eight of her participations in the Dakar Rally (a women’s record) and even placed among the elite riders in recent years. Sanz said Thursday in Madrid during a visit to the headquarters of Agencia […]

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Sainz hints at retirement after 2018 Dakar triumph

Carlos Sainz says his second Dakar rally victory could mark a successful end to his racing career as he assesses his options with Peugeot preparing to leave the event. In one of the highest rate of attritions seen at recent Dakar rally events, Sainz avoided any potential terminal trouble to remain in the hunt over the opening stages before […]

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SOUTH AFRICANS STAR AT DAKAR

Spain’s Carlos Sainz took his second Dakar win and Peugeot’s swansong third win in a row, while Austrian Matthias Walkner won KTM’s 17th successive motorcycle race as the 2018 race came to an end in Argentina following a nerve wracking 120km final stage around Cordoba’s world rally roads. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers took the […]

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Dakar 2018: Sainz clinches Peugeot’s farewell victory

Rally legend Carlos Sainz has scored his second Dakar victory in the 2018 edition of the marathon. Two-time WRC champion Sainz had not finished any of the prior three Dakars he had contested as a Peugeot works driver, yet 2018 proved fourth time lucky for the Spaniard. Having survived a high-attrition opening leg in Peru, […]

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De Klerk & Schutte take TreasuryOne Amarok to Dakar rookie debut honours

South African duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte brought their locally built TreasuryOne Amarok home to victory in the rookie rankings of Dakar 2018 this afternoon. The Pretoria crew was ecstatic, albeit totally exhausted as they mounted the finishing ramp in Cordoba, Argentina in the incredible culmination of a five-year dream. Former track racer […]