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Delta4x4 Porsche Dakar – A new Porsche 911 reenacts an old adventure

The Porsche 911 has excelled in all aspects of motor racing, known primarily for its performance on race tracks around the world dating back to the early 1960s.     The Porsche 911 has enjoyed a successful rally career too, in the 80s the rear engined icon celebrated major victories at the legendary Dakar and […]

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David Richards: mounting the Dakar challenge

Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) – the newly launched team to enter the Dakar Rally 2021 – has big ambitions for next year’s race. Speaking after the team’s launch announcement, team director David Richards has divulged details on the team’s motivations, the design and build of the new car and what the Dakar Rally means for […]

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Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 participants to benefit from wide range of incentives

New additions and benefits await participants in Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 as the Kingdom steps up preparations for its second edition of the world’s most challenging race, which runs from Jan. 3 to 15. The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation recently opened registration for pilots and their teams. Competitors will benefit from a 50 percent […]

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Dakar Rally organizers inaugurating Classic category in 2021

Porsche 959s, Lada Nivas, and Renault 20s will again play in the sand In early 2021, the Porsche 959 and the Lada Niva will have at least one thing in common: They’ll both be eligible to participate in the Dakar Rally after a long hiatus. Neither will realistically be able to beat the racers that will be built specifically […]

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Prodrive wants to be seen as “potential” Dakar winner

Prodrive says it will be “disappointed” if its rivals don’t perceive it as a “potential winner” when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner. Prodrive announced in February that it will enter the prestigious rally raid from 2021 in a joint venture with Bahrain’s sovereign wealth Mumtalakat, and it has […]

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Al Attiyah to vie for fourth title at 43rd Dakar Rally

Qatar’s three-time Dakar Rally champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah will give another shot at the prestigious title during the 43rd edition of the competition.Qatar News Agency (QNA) yesterday reported that the champion rally driver will compete at next year’s event in Saudi Arabia. Al Attiyah’s French co-driver Matthieu Baumel had tweeted earlier, saying: ” We […]

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Prodrive reveals bespoke off-roader for 2021 Dakar Rally

British motorsport and engineering group Prodrive has been around since 1984 and over the years has built numerous successful race and rally cars. We’re talking the Porsche 911 SC RS of the 1980s, Subaru Impreza WRX World Rally cars of the 1990s and 2000s, and an assortment of GT cars for Aston Martin and other teams. […]

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Fresh route, new safety measures unveiled for 2021 Dakar Rally

 The second edition of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, scheduled to run from January 3-15 next year, will start and finish in Jeddah after venturing through the desert and along the Red Sea, organisers revealed Thursday. The 2021 version of the gruelling 12-day marathon will take participants into uncharted territory, with all timed sections […]

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Dakar 2021 to run entirely in Saudi Arabia, but on “100% new” route

The world’s greatest Endurance race will still be held…The world’s greatest Endurance race will still be held 13th – 14th June 2020!…The ASO has announced the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is “100% new”. The Dakar moved from South America […]

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Dakar Rally May Add Other Countries In 2021

Jordan and Egypt likely the front runners. Several outlets are reporting that the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally may include one or more new countries. According to Autosport, ASO’s Rally Director David Castera confirmed that the organization is looking at adding other countries.  He said that ASO’s agreement with Saudi Arabia required the first […]

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Fernando Alonso tested the 2021 Toyota Hilux in full camo

The 2021 Toyota Hilux is all set to be unveiled in a few days. To keep the hype going, Toyota Europe has released a teaser of the refreshed truck with none other than former F1 driver Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. The 2021 Hilux is said to be inspired by the U.S.-based Tacoma and Tundra, but we […]

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LOEB SET TO REPLACE ALONSO FOR THE DAKAR RALLY

The 46-year-old nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb who is the most successful driver in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship is set to change discipline after the 2020 season according to Spanish publication Diario AS. Loeb has previously competed in the Dakar Rally four times before and took his best result in 2017 as he finished […]

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This Insane Off-Road Porsche 911 Is Proof of an Awesome New Trend

In the novel Goldfinger, James Bond creator Ian Fleming laid down a phrase that’s quoted to this day: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.” Well, we’d be hard-pressed to say that three off-road custom Porsche 911s to surface within the span of a couple weeks is a sign of […]

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2WD cars could be out of top Dakar class after FIA ruling

The FIA Cross-Country Commission has announced that four-wheel drive cars will form the top category of major international cross-country rallies from 2023. The new ruling is likely to affect the Dakar Rally, which usually follows the regulations of the FIA but also has its own set of guidelines. A consensus to prioritise four-wheel drive vehicles […]

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Measures to reduce motorbike fatalities to be tested ahead of Dakar

 Measures to reduce the number of accidents and increase safety in motorcycle rally events will be tested after a meeting between the Dakar Rally organisers and motorcycling’s governing body FIM. Paulo Goncalves The latest Dakar rally saw two fatalities with motorcyclists Paulo Goncalves of Portugal and Edwin Straver of the Netherlands both dying following accidents […]

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Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz is ready to race for more rally raid titles

Carlos Sainz’s 2020 Dakar Rally victory at the wheel of a MINI X⁠-Raid was a masterclass. The Spanish driver led from the front at the world’s toughest rally raid on unchartered and unforgiving desert terrain to claim a hat-trick of Dakar Rally wins. The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally took place in Saudi Arabia for the […]

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PRODRIVE AND MUMTALAKAT JOIN FORCES FOR DAKAR 2021 BID

Prodrive has established a new company Prodrive International as they go into partnership with the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company to introduce a brand new team and car for the Dakar 2021 season. Prodrive has had a successful history in rally and circuit racing over the past decades with in-house built championship-winning cars, they will now further expand by introducing a […]

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‘I was relieved Alonso didn’t win Dakar’

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi admitted he was “relieved” Fernando Alonso didn’t win the Dakar Rally on his first try, as it shows even the most talented drivers in the world cannot jump from one racing class to another and win without any experience. Like Alonso, Rossi has been a busy man dabbling in many racing classes, […]

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Alonso: “If I decide to enter the Dakar again, it would be with high expectations”

Fernando Alonso’s participation in the Dakar Rally might have ended with an underwhelming 13th place finish but the Spaniard has insisted he’s happy with his performance, refusing to comment on any future place at the event. The 2019 Dakar Rally was held in Saudi Arabia and won by Carlos Sainz Sr, the father of F1 […]

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SOUTH AFRICANS STAR AT DAKAR

Drivers, riders teams & cars show how it is done While Dakar 2020 will ultimately be remembered for Carlos Sainz senior winning his third race in a third different make of car, Ricky Brabec taking his first bike win and Honda’s first since 1989 and also for the loss of the life of Dakar motorcycle […]

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Alonso, wanting to “regain ground” after the “stumble”

“Everything is well and prepared, looking forward to regaining ground.” That was the first message Alonso sent by ‘Instagram’ after completing the tenth stage with that turnaround that made him lose several pieces of his car and more than an hour. But he took it with philosophy, as evidenced by his smiling pose next to the Toyota. The same one […]

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Brabec clinches maiden Dakar title, Price on podium

Honda’s Ricky Brabec has won the Dakar Rally for the first time while Toby Price claimed a fifth podium in six attempts. Brabec’s margin of victory in the Bikes class is 16:26s after he finished second to Monster Energy Honda team-mate Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo on Stage 12 from Haradh to Qiddiya. The event leader […]

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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th

  Carlos Sainz has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.Two-time world rally champion Sainz, father of McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr, finished 6m21s clear of reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah after 12 stages. Representing X-raid Mini in this […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Quintanilla cuts into Brabec’s lead

Quintanilla built up a one-minute advantage in the early part of the 379km Shubaytah-Haradh test, but was chased down rapidly by KTM rider Matthias Walkner, who assumed a narrow one-second lead at the 324km way point. But the Chilean rider fought back in the final stretch to the finish line, taking the stage victory by […]

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Peterhansel sneaks 11th stage win in Dakar rally

 Stephane Peterhansel snatched a dramatic 11th stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday when he pipped Nasser Al-Attiyah to the line by just 10 seconds.Frenchman Peterhansel won his fourth stage of this year’s race in his Mini ahead of Toyota’s Al-Attiyah in Haradh, and finished more than eight minutes ahead of overall leader and teammate […]

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DAKAR’S DAY OF DRAMA

Sainz, Brabec in control after shortened stage Dakar 2020 has started to deliver its much-feared sting in the tail following a shortened stage 10 on Thursday that still delivered drama and then some on the road to Shubaytah. While the competitive stage was shortened to 223 of its intended 540km after gale force Arabian Desert […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping the 10th stage, which was suspended before the halfway point. The Haradh – Shubaytah test was due to feature 534 kilometres of timed competition in the Rub’ Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced […]

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STAGE 10 OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY BROUGHT TO A HALT FOLLOWING NUMEROUS CRASHES

ge 10 was undoubtedly the most eventful of the 2020 Dakar. After a number of crashes, the event was brought to a standstill after 345km.  According to our sources on the ground, the total of six evacuation helicopters are all occupied and the organisers can’t risk another accident happening. Weather conditions are also deteriorating. Roman […]

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DAKAR ON A KNIFE’S EDGE

Dakar 2020 is developing into an absolute epic — not only did Mini star Stephane Peterhansel’s Mini buggy beat Toyota’s Nasser Al Attiyah to a sensational Day 9 win by all of 15 seconds, but Al Attiyah closed to just 24 seconds behind Carlos Sainz Sr.’s second Mini buggy at the top of the overall […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz’s lead

The three frontrunners of the 2020 marathon benefitted from an advantageous position in the running order for the 476km Wadi ad-Dawasir – Haradh stage, following their respective low-key finishes on Monday. But whereas Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah took full advantage, clocking in first and second at nearly every waypoint, Sainz suffered a costly five-minute loss shortly […]

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Dakar debutant Fernando Alonso impresses to second in Stage 8

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight.The stage was shrouded in mourning after the death on Sunday of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. The motorbike and quadbike categories were cancelled for the stage, a 477km loop incorporating […]

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2020 Dakar Rally speeds across the sands of Saudi Arabia on Stage 8

The 2020 Dakar Rally continued its relentless journey across Saudi Arabia on Stage 8 of the classic desert race. Leads came and went as competitors were forced to navigate a series of dunes amid spectacular scenery. It was another pulsating day of action in the car race with the leading trio even closer together after Stage […]

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Toyota “can’t compete” against Mini buggy’s speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4×4 “can’t compete” with the X-raid-built Mini John Cooper Works Buggy on the Dakar Rally and that a rule change is needed to level the playing field between the two cars. At the halfway point of the first-ever Saudi Arabia-based edition of the legendary rally-raid, X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr […]

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CENTURY BEATS ALONSO TO DAKAR GOLD

First win for SA team as lead fight tightens Standalone South African race car maker Century scored an upset at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia when Frenchman Mattieu Serradori stormed to a convincing maiden stage win for the team over double world Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and the might of Toyota and BMW-Mini aboard the […]