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VILLAGRA AND MEMI STAY CLEAR OF TROUBLE AND REMAIN ON COURSE FOR DAKAR RALLY FINISH IN BUENOS AIRES

The Argentine duo of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi found a safe and competitive pace in their YPF Competicion Ford Ranger, as the Dakar Rally re-crossed the Andes into Argentina and teams tackled a high-altitude 371km special stage towards Salta on Wednesday. Villagra was reseeded 29th of the 75 surviving cars to take the treacherous […]

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POULTER/HOWIE IMPRESSES, AS DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ CONSOLIDATES

Another day on the Dakar, another crossing of the Andes… Stage 10 saw the crews move from the dustbowl of Calama in Chile, across the Andes and down to the lush forests of Salta in Argentina. Along the way they also competed in a testing, 358 km special stage – one that will remain etched […]

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Barreda lights the fireworks as Al-Attiyah strengthens his grip

Joan Barreda wanted a stage win on the road to Cachi to put several days of bad luck behind him. Today, the Spaniard got his way in a special in which he was head and shoulders above a nonetheless impressive Marc Coma. Nasser Al-Attiyah produced another virtuoso performance on the road to Salta today to […]

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South Africans Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrensen Dakar heroes

A video of the accident A Calgary driver has been released from a South American hospital after he was injured in a spectacular crash Saturday during an off-road rally through the Bolivian desert. Calgarian Matt Campbell is recovering in a South American hospital after a 174 km/h crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia.Matt Campbell, 63, and two […]

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More trouble for the bikers

What happened Monday 12th Jan: Stage 8 would prove to be a disastrous one knocking most of the top bike contenders out of the rally, including Broadlink’s Riaan van Niekerk. Riaan’s race ended at Kilometer 365 after crossing the salt pan earlier in the morning. Matthias Walkner also experienced electrical problems costing him several hours. […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI IN IMPRESSIVE FORM ON TRICKY ATACAMA DESERT STAGE INTO CALAMA

After a day of rest in Iquique, the YPF Competition Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi were back in Dakar Rally action on the 450km special stage through the Atacama Desert and into Calama on Tuesday.Villagra was seeded 23rd amongst the 76 surviving cars that began the 51km liaison to the start […]

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DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ MAINTAIN SECOND POSITION, DESPITE NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES ON STAGE 9

Dakar 2015 served up a curveball for the race crews on Stage 9, with not only a challenging route from Iquique to Calama, but also a particularly hard-to-find waypoint that had many crews scrambling around, searching for the elusive beacon in the Atacama dust. While some crews lost significant amounts of time, the Toyota Imperial […]

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DE VILLIERS AND AL-RAJHI SUFFER SETBACKS ON NINTH STAGE INTO CALAMA BUT MAINTAIN SECOND AND THIRD OVERALL

• Lavieille overhauls delayed Ten Brinke to take sixth place in Toyota Hilux • Overdrive Racing’s Issabayev, Dabrowski and Jerie safely into Calama • Toyota Imperial’s Poulter on course for finish; on-stage delay for Vanagas • Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah takes overall lead of 23min 58sec into final four stages   Overdrive Racing and Hallspeed-prepared Toyota […]

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Rodrigues shows panache, Roma saves his rally

After a disastrous day on Monday on the way to Iquique losing more than 3 hours, Helder Rodrigues reacted like a champion in Calama with a splendid and irrefutable victory. Second placed Paulo Gonçalves maintained the pressure on Marc Coma. Deprived of all hope of winning a second consecutive Dakar from the very first stage […]

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Solberg named Norway motorsport personality of 2014

Petter Solberg added another prize to his overflowing trophy cabinet after picking up the Norwegian Motorsport Personality of the year award for 2014. It was the fourth time the 40-year-old driver had received the honour after winning it in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003. But the reigning World RallyX Champion wasn’t able to pick up […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Of dancing feet and a broken arm

Another night in the hotel, a view of the ocean from the bed, looking at Carolina’s birthday photos on Facebook and three cups of coffee… the re-set button has been pressed. Although perhaps there’s a little lingering guilt that Benediktas Vanagas and co-driver Andrei Rudneitski are hard at work high up on a salt flat […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI SURVIVE MARATHON STAGE AND REACH DAKAR REST DAY WITH IMPRESSIVE EIGHTH STAGE PERFORMANCE

The YPF Competicion Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi suffered no real issues on the two punishing special stages in Bolivia and recorded the 21st quickest time on the daunting eighth timed test from Uyuni in Bolivia to a finish at Iquique in Chile on Sunday. A stage that started on the […]

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TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA DAKAR TEAM IN STRONG POSITION AT DAKAR REST DAY; TOYOTA CLAIMS FIRST STAGE WIN

A fantastic drive on the second day of the so-called marathon stage (stages without service assistance) saw Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz post the 4th-fastest time, 2:49 off the winner, and 13 seconds behind overall rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI). This places them solidly in 2nd position overall after eight stages […]

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DAKAR AFTER SS8 IN SHORT

After a hectic first day of the so-called Marathon Stage the Toyota team was ready to attack all comers today. Giniel and Al-Rajhi mixed it from the first section with early leader Al-Attiyah, The Quatari led up to the 4th waypoint when Giniel took over the lead and drove like a true champion. Giniel actually […]

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Al-Rajhi mixes it with the big boys

Yazeed Al-Rajhi has been impressive since the start of his maiden Dakar, but he had to wait until the eighth stage to claim his first win in the toughest rally raid in the world. This prestigious triumph confirms the talent of the Saudi driver, still very much in the running for overall glory. Yazeed Al-Rajhi, […]

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DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 7 OF DAKAR 2015, AS POULTER CONSOLIDATES

As if the Dakar Rally isn’t tough enough, the crews had to go off into Bolivia on their own for Stage 7 – without the support of their service crews at the end of the day. For Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, in the Toyota Imperial Hilux, however, it was a fantastic stage […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI FIND A SAFE AND SENSIBLE PACE ON FIRST HALF OF DAKAR MARATHON STAGE INTO BOLIVIA

• Giniel de Villiers reduces Al-Attiyah’s lead to 8min 14sec; Terranova takes stage win • Car and truck crews tackle Bolivian special stage into Uyuni for the first time The YPF Competicion Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi found a safe and sensible pace and rhythm on the seventh special stage of […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI ENJOY CLEAN DAKAR RUN THROUGH NORTHERN CHILE INTO IQUIQUE

The YPF Competicion Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi wiped the slate clean after Thursday’s problems and enjoyed a clean run through the sixth special stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally between Antofagasta and Iquique in northern Chile on Friday.The 45-year-old Argentine claimed the 23rd quickest time on the special and moved […]

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DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 6 OF DAKAR 2015

Stage 6 of Dakar 2015 took place between the towns of Antofagasta and Iquique, and saw Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzetwitz (#303) post the second-fastest stage time in their Toyota Imperial Hilux. The pair finished just 37 seconds behind the stage winner and overall race leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI), after 255 km of […]

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Rodrigues steps out of the shadows, Al-Attiyah rams home his advantage

 Discreet since the start in Buenos Aires, Helder Rodrigues is still capable of a major feat, as he demonstrated with his five previous stage victories on the Dakar. This figure moved up to six this evening in Iquique, after a great day for the Portuguese rider. Nasser Al-Attiyah made it victory number three and continues […]

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– Like a phoenix from the flames…

More than five hours after the winner of yesterday’s stage, Guerlain Chicherit crossed the finishing line. His buggy had caught fire before he reached Antofagasta! Not only Phoenixes are reborn from their flames… Guerlain does as well! Nobody expected Chicherit to finish the special at Antofagasta, but nonetheless he emerged from the night which had […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI LOSE OVER TWO HOURS WITH ELECTRICAL ISSUES

Federico Villagra’s and Andrés Memi’s climb back through the field in the 2015 Dakar Rally suffered a setback on the punishing fifth special stage between Copiapó and Antofagasta in Chile on Thursday evening.The Argentine pair suffered a niggling electrical problem in the desert and dropped over two and a half hours to the stage winner, […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Endless nothingness

I would never have thought that I would be overjoyed with 6 hours of sleep outside with generators droning all around me, but with sleeping bag soaked with dew I woke up ready to trudge over passed the MINIs to get breakfast.I was so blown away with the incredible landscape over the Andes yesterday that […]

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Peterhansel back into top 10, Sainz ends his rally

The emotional rollercoaster of the first Dakar for the Team Peugeot Total continued in Chile today, with Stéphane Peterhansel moving up into the top 10 while Carlos Sainz retired as the result of an accident – from which both he and co-driver Lucas Cruz emerged unharmed. Cyril Despres did not have an easy day after […]

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Coma comes to the fore, Vasilyev steps into the limelight

Battling with Joan Barreda since the start in Buenos Aires, Marc Coma finally tasted victory on the Dakar 2015, regaining 2’16’’ on his countryman. Barreda, far from panicking, is focusing on controlling his lead in the general standings. In the car race, Vladimir Vasilyev experienced a day of glory with his first victory on the […]

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Trouble free day for Van Niekerk

What happened Tuesday 6th Jan: Broadlink’s Riaan van Niekerk had a trouble free day and stayed out of trouble, finishing 20th on the stage. Matthias Walkner set a blistering pace today to take the stage win ahead of Marc coma. Marc was able to pull back some time on Barreda and is looking forward to […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Nasser — I can control pace now from front

With the Andean backdrop the third campsite was another stunning one… except for the bastard sharp little seeds sticking into my feet… and then the news that we’d lost one of the family. 38 year old Michal Hernik was found dead in the stage and that of course cast a pallor over the event. It’s […]