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CLINT WESTON AND THE ROAD TO DAKAR

Clint Weston has, over the years become a dominant player within the motor racing scene here in South Africa after he took his first SA National Championship title in 1998, his second a few years later. He not only runs and manages the Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy at Zwartkops raceway but he also manages a successful […]

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Asir gears up for opening of Saudi desert rally

Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the start of a historic desert rally with a strong international line-up of top drivers.Rally Asir 2019 will see 45 participants taking part in the first round of the inaugural Saudi Desert Rally Championship on Wednesday through Aug. 3.   Among the racers will be the event’s first ever […]

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F1 legend Fernando Alonso to compete in world-renowned Dakar Rally

FORMULA ONE legend Fernando Alonso is set to compete in the world-renowned Dakar Rally. The Spanish racer, 38, is set to be part of the Toyota team for the 2020 edition, according to a Spanish journalist. Two-time Formula One champion Alonso is still in pursuit of the Triple Crown – and is just an Indy […]

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Landman to become first African woman to tackle Dakar Rally

DURBAN – Kwa-Zulu Natal based racer Kirsten Landman is the first African woman to compete in the 2020 Dakar rally to be held in Saudi Arabia. The professional off-road and hard enduro racer has been racing since the age of eight. Her professional career began when she turned 22. Landman almost lost her life in 2013  when […]

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A Crazy Russian Has Put A Bentley Continental GT On Tank-Like Tracks

Close your eyes for a second and think about the weirdest and wackiest Bentley you can imagine. Did you think about a Bentley Bentayga modified for the Dakar Rally or perhaps a Bentley hypercar to rival the Aston MartinValkyrie? Whatever you thought up, we doubt it was as crazy as this Bentley Continental GT currently residing somewhere in Russia. This Continental […]

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Dakar hopes to expand beyond Saudi Arabia in 2021

Last month, it was revealed that the 2020 edition of the Dakar will take place in Saudi Arabia, marking a shift away from the South American continent for the first time since 2007. It will also signify the second year in succession that the rally-raid has taken place within the borders of one country, after this […]

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South American Rally Race 2020: Following the footsteps of Dakar, a new race is born in South America

The news of the Dakar Rally leaving South America for another part of the world, left a void among the many fans and competitors, especially the South Americans that after a decade long of hosting or taking part in the “world’s hardest race” got used to such an amazing event. Hopefully, it looks like the void […]

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2020 Dakar Rally Route Revealed — Riders & Drivers To Battle The Dunes For Over 9,000 Kilometers

Amaury Sport Organisation, the organisers of the Dakar Rally have revealed the route for the 2020 edition of the world’s toughest off-roading race. The 2020 Dakar Rally will take place in Saudi Arabia and riders and drivers will travel over 9,000 kilometers across the largest nation in the Middle East (by area) in 12 days […]

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Amateur biker is a step close to fulfil his dream

Amateur biker, Robert Gibbon is a step closer to fulfilling his dream of taking part in one of the biggest motorcycle endurance races in the world, the Dakar Rally. The Buccleuch resident recently completed the Morocco Merzouga Rally, an event which continues to live up to its reputation as the ‘Dakar Academy’. Gibbon was excited to […]

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Dakar Rally chiefs defend Saudi deal despite human rights concerns

Dakar Rally chiefs defended the decision to stage the world’s most gruelling motor racing event in Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s controversial human rights record, claiming there is a “real desire for openness”. The Saudis will host the Dakar from 2020 in a five-year deal, wresting the event from South America where it was staged […]

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Dakar confirms move to Saudi Arabia for 2020

The Dakar Rally has confirmed (finally – rallystar editor) that the 2020 edition of the legendary rally-raid will take place in Saudi Arabia, as previously reported by Motorsport.com. Event organiser ASO confirmed the move on Monday, officially marking the end of its South American era – which began in 2009 after the rally’s move away […]

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Dakar signs five-year agreement with Saudi Arabia

The Dakar Rally will leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East in 2020 after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia. Dakar organiser ASO has run the world’s most famous rally raid in South America since 2009, a move brought about by terrorist threats in Mauritania that forced the cancellation […]

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Alonso tests Toyota Dakar Rally winner

Fernando Alonso continues to widen his racing portfolio. The two-time F1 world champion, who added a Rolex 24 Hours win earlier this year and will race again in the Indianapolis 500 this May, tried out Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Dakar Rally-winning Toyota Hilux in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert earlier this week, alongside 2009 Dakar winner Giniel de […]

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Dakar Toyota takes “more abuse” than I am used to

Fernando Alonso says the Dakar Rally-winning Toyota Hilux he’s sampling in South Africa this week “takes more abuse” than the machines he’s normally used to racing. The Spaniard, who races for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship, drove the Hilux in the Kalahari desert, 900km away from South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg. Alonso drove alongside 2009 […]

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Dakar Rally champions prepare for desert battles on two fronts

The new cross-country rally season is alright hitting top gear as a gang of world class offroad racers target glory this year. The upcoming Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will welcome a number of high-profile Dakar Rally champions as well as a host of exciting, up-and-coming competitors. The challenge for all entered into the rally will be […]

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Alonso to test Dakar-spec Toyota Hilux this week

Fernando Alonso plans to test a Dakar-specification Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Hilux in the country’s Northern Cape Province later this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. RaceFans understands that the vehicle and support trucks depart Gazoo’s base near Kyalami outside Johannesburg tonight for the Kalahari Goerapan resort , a luxurious field camp that […]

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Thrilling Mitsubishi event with Japanese Dakar Rally legend this weekend, 4Sure

EXPERIENCE first-hand the thrills of high-speed rides and off-road driving – in the new Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck – this weekend at the Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s (MMM) “Mitsubishi 4Sure Thrill” event. There, with two-time Dakar Rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan and local motorsports personality Leona Chin as your pilots, you can also check out the […]

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Money talks: Is The Dakar Rally Headed To Saudi Arabia For 2020?

Is the Dakar Rally headed to Saudi Arabia for 2020? It sure looks like it. The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has yet to announce anything official, but by all indications, the deal has been made, and the Dakar Rally will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for five years, starting in 2020. International news […]

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Rumor: Dakar Rally to leave South America

Africa and Middle East, among the possible locations There are some rumors over the internet regarding a new continent for the Dakar Rally. Angola and Saudi Arabia could be in talks with the Dakar organizers. It all started two weeks ago with a map shared by Angola’s Motorsports Federation with the caption “Good route for a Dakar […]

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Dakar Rally 2019: How Toby Price defied doctors and years of broken bones to dominate the desert

In 2003, at the age of 15, Toby Price broke both of his wrists in a training accident before going on to win both of the two top divisions at the Australian Junior Motocross Championship.In 2019, with a broken wrist echoing his injuries of 13 years before, he became a two-time Dakar champion, in the […]

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Champion Al Attiyah wants more Dakar titles, eyes 2020 Olympics

Three-time Dakar Rally champion, Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah has some bad news for his rivals: the vastly experienced rallying star yesterday said his best is yet to come. The Minister of Culture and Sports, H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and QMMF President Abdulrahman Al Mannai yesterday joined the motor sport family in the […]

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The Kings of the dust

Racing Dakar Peru South America Adventure Dakar 2019 Dakar Rally Dust This year’s Dakar Rally with its duration of just 10 days looked like a walk in the park, especially when compared to the extra long 2018 edition that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the race with 14 racing days. The critics that year after year continue to make from this race their […]

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Desert dominance crowns champions in four categories at the 2019 Dakar Rally

After 10 stages across the dunes of Peru the best offroad racers in the world have emerged victorious at the 2019 Dakar Rally. It’s been a bumpy ride of over 5,500 kilometres at the planet’s toughest test of motorsports endurance. Now every competitor crossing the finish line is in the mood to celebrate – none more […]

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VICTORY!

PISCO, PERU – The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the […]

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KTM’s Price takes second Dakar crown as Quintanilla falls

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the 2019 Dakar Rally champion in the bike category by topping Stage 10, as main rival Pablo Quintanilla suffered a fall while attempting to beat the Australian. Battling with a broken wrist he sustained while training before the event, Price became the first two-time champion to emerge since the rivalry […]

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Al-Attiyah seals Toyota’s first Dakar win

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy  Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed a milestone first Dakar Rally win for Toyota in the 2019 edition of the race. Al-Attiyah, who previously won the Dakar with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini four years after that, switched to driving a Toyota Hilux ahead of the 2017 race. He retired early from his first attempt […]

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2019 Dakar enters final straight with everything still on the line

(clockwise) Toby Price, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool There was a fair amount of chaos in the Peruvian dunes on the penultimate stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally. For many it was a final chance to claw back some serious time on their rivals. The soft sands […]

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CONSOLIDATION FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS THE DAKAR BARES ITS TEETH

PISCO, PERU – Stage 9 of Dakar 2019 will long be remembered as a turning point in the race. If not for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, then certainly for the crews trying to catch Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The Toyota Hilux crew started the stage as the outright leaders, and aimed to […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah on verge of victory

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2019 marathon, edging ever closer to a milestone first victory for Toyota. The Qatari bagged his third stage win of the event on a day which caused major problems for Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres – three […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Price takes one-minute lead into decider

By: Jamie Klein KTM’s Toby Price will take a lead of a little over a minute into the deciding stage of the Dakar Rally, after finishing Thursday’s stage just one second slower than chief rival Pablo Quintanilla.The penultimate stage of the Peru-based rally, a loop which started and ended at Pisco, featured a mass start format […]

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Peterhansel out of Dakar 2019 in penultimate stage

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally’s 13-time champion Stephane Peterhansel has retired from the 2019 edition of the event after crashing on the penultimate stage.Peterhansel, who entered Wednesday’s test in fourth place overall, had an incident shortly after the start of the 312km test. His co-driver David Castera, who was teaming up with Peterhansel in place of […]

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Familiar faces rise up rankings as quality shows at 2019 Dakar

(clockwise) Sébastien Loeb, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool With proud records to protect at the Dakar Rally there was a growing sense of ‘now or never’ in the bivouac before stage eight. With the finish line fast approaching, big moves were required to upset the balance of the […]

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A STEADY STAGE FOR AL ATTIYAH; HEARTBREAK FOR TEN BRINKE

PISCO, PERU – It was a nail-biting affair when the crews tackled Stage 8 of the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 360 km-long test that saw the rally leave behind the fabled lines of Nazca and return to the coastal town of Pisco. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and navigator Mathieu Baumel […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 8: Brabec out, Price takes over lead

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the new leader of the bike class in the 2019 Dakar Rally despite Matthias Walkner beating him to win Tuesday’s eighth stage, as Ricky Brabec retired with an engine failure.Brabec had a 7m47s advantage as Stage 8 kicked off, but his Honda bike had an engine failure only 56 kilometres […]

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Peterhansel suffers whiplash during Dakar charge

By: Andrew van Leeuwen Stephane Peterhansel was left seeing stars after a nasty landing early in the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally.The Mini driver made decent headway on leader Nasser Al-Attiyah by winning today’s stage, as he moved back into second outright thanks to problems for Sebastian Loeb.   However it wasn’t a painless day […]

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The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally

The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally (clockwise) Stéphane Peterhansel, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Dmitry Sotnikov © Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool The first loop stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally had plenty of competitors going around in circles as they tried to find their way back to the bivouac in […]