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HENNIE’S FRESH DAKAR CHALLENGE

De Klerk’s Saudi Arabian dream starts here South Africa’s Dakar 2018 rookie winner Hennie de Klerk unveiled his new TreasuryOne Nissan Navara set to take on Dakar 2020 and the Saudi Arabian Desert at a function in Pretoria Wednesday evening. The all-new Nismo V8-powered South African made Nismo V8-powered Red-Lined Nissan Navara VK56 is the […]

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Alonso’s Dakar preparations boosted by first rally podium

It was by no means a Dakar-esque line up, however, Fernando Alonso can draw encouragement from his first rally podium ahead of his Dakar debut in January. Fernando Alonso’s Dakar preparations were given a welcome boost this past weekend as he brought his Toyota Hilux home in third place at the Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally. […]

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FERNANDO ALONSO MAKES FINAL DAKAR PREPARATIONS WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma are making their final preparations for the upcoming 2020 Dakar Rally with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and their entry in the 2019 Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally in Saudi Arabia on November 5-9. The Spanish duo’s latest rally entry comes just one week after a comprehensive two-day private test on the rugged […]

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Alonso/Coma make Toyota Gazoo Racing cut for Dakar 2020

Four car Toyota Gazoo Racing team revealed for Dakar 2020 The Toyota Gazoo team last weekend announced its four Gazoo Hilux teams for next January’s Dakar Rally. As expected, the equipe will be led by last year’s Dakar winners, Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. Nasser and Mathieu will wish to defend their Dakar Rally […]

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Porsche 911 Carrera Safari Recreation Loves An Off-Road Adventure

A stunning Porsche 911 Carrera Safari recreation is looking for a new home in Berlin, Germany. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Porsche raced the 911 in various rally championships and actually went on to win the Monte Carlo Rally three times. Porsche left the WRC in the early 1970s and soon after they built the 911 Safari for […]

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Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah tops Stage 1, rocky start for Alonso

By: Sergio Lillo Nasser Al-Attiyah holds the top spot in the Morocco Rally after the conclusion of the first stage on Saturday, as Fernando Alonso’s first true cross-country rally got off to a rocky start. The first stage of the five-leg event ran for a shortened distance of 226km, after the opening loop of 103km […]

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Mini reveals its Dakar-ready dune buggy for the Arabian desert

The 2019 Dakar Rally tasked drivers with navigating the endless dunes of the Peruvian desert, and the 2020 edition will be another rather sandy affair With January’s Dakar Rally fast approaching, Mini has lifted the curtain on the buggy it hopes will carry its drivers to victory. The X-raid Mini John Cooper Works buggy features […]

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Alonso: Morocco Rally key to Dakar decision

By: Jamie Klein Co-author: Sergio Lillo Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says this week’s Morocco Rally will give him a “concrete” idea of whether he wishes to press ahead with plans to contest the Dakar Rally.Alonso faces his first major test in his fledging cross-country rallying career in the five-day event based around Fez, the […]

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Dakar 2020: Borgward Rally Team Makes A Statement For Their Third Dakar: The Team Will Have Nani Roma As Lead Driver

“I’m very excited with this new project”, said the Spaniard Nani Roma, Dakar-winner in cars and motorcycles. Borgward Rally Team will have a top driver for its third chapter of the Dakar story, which will take place from January 5th to the 17th in Saudi Arabia. Spaniard Nani Roma, two-time winner in 2004 (motorcycles) and 2014 (cars), will […]

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TOYOTA: FERNANDO HAS THE SPEED FOR DAKAR

Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma completed an eventful but invaluable learning experience at the Lichtenburg 400 in South Africa on September 13-14 with Toyota Gazoo Racing. Following successful training sessions in Namibia and Poland, the Spanish duo entered round five of the South African Cross Country Series, their first rally raid competition together in the […]

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Two-time Dakar winner Roma joins Borgward for 2020 race

German SUV manufacturer Borgward has drafted in two-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma for the 2020 edition of the race. Roma won the prestigious marathon in the bike category in 2004, before switching to the car class the year after and going on to claim a first Dakar win on four wheels in 2014. The victory […]

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Price wants to emulate Dakar legends with four-wheel switch

Toby Price says he plans to emulate legends such as Stephane Peterhansel by contesting the Dakar Rally in Cars in future years.Price withstood the intense pain of a fractured wrist to win the Dakar for a second time this year and, while planning to remain on a bike in the medium term, he has earmarked […]

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QUALITY MILEAGE FOR FERNANDO ALONSO IN POLAND WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

Fernando Alonso completed a successful two-day training in the Toyota Hilux on September 2-3 in Szczecin, Poland covering 700 kilometres, including sections used by the recently-concluded Baja Poland. The training course featured a variety of sand tracks, hard and soft soil, and bumpy terrain developed by rally raid specialists and the team’s logistics partner, Overdrive […]

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Alonso stepping up Dakar preparations

Fernando Alonso and Toyota have laid out the next stages of their preparations for the Spaniard’s expected entry in next year’s Dakar Rally. Alonso tested with Toyota Gazoo’s Dakar Rally group last March, and over the next five months will embark on an intense development and training program with the aim of preparing the two-time […]

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FERNANDO ALONSO KEEPS AN EYE ON DAKAR WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

After a successful campaign in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, Fernando Alonso and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will join forces once again in the upcoming months for a series of tests with the Toyota Hilux, the car that is expected to compete in the next Dakar Rally. Over the next five months, Fernando, who looks […]

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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 […]