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Sunderland lands the first blow

Speedster Sam Sunderland delivered on his promise at the end of an opening special just 175 km long, beating Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) by a slim margin to claim KTM’s first win of the year. Marc Coma and Joan Barreda had an uneventful day on the saddle, biding their time for when the race reaches rougher […]

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Dakar adventure for WTCC’s Tom Coronel

 Not content with success in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, Tom Coronel is about to embark on the toughest challenge of them all: the Dakar Rally.The cross-country event, which covers a distance of 9111 kilometres in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, begins on January 4 and Coronel will be very much going it alone. Having […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Scrutineering and Start Podium

(The first article giving background information on the 2015 Argentina Bolivia Bolivia Dakar. The articles will be written exclusively for www.rallystar.net by our correspondent Robb Pritchard who will be following the event on every stage) You always hear how big it is but until you actually see it, the scale of the Dakar is a […]

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2015 Dakar: Mini, Peugeot, Toyota, and the rest

After going unbeaten on the Dakar for three years, X-Raid’s Michelin-equipped Mini ALL4 Racings face opposition from an armada of Toyota Hiluxes, buggies, a Hummer and the new Peugeots during the 2015 event’s 9,000km loop through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, beginning in Buenos Aires on January 4. Inevitably, the new Peugeots 2008 DKRs will be […]

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Kunming supplies only Chinese racing teams for Dakar 2015

Every year for the past 35, off-road professionals and enthusiasts have gathered to take part in the Dakar Rally. Considered by many to be the most challenging of its kind — and certainly one of the most venerable — the race kicks off this year on January 4. Among the hundreds of competitors, only one […]

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Is it still Mini time ?

With a sequence of three consecutive successes and a Mini that boasts proven reliability and performance, the X-Raid team can claim to be the favourite for the 2015 edition, with title holder Nani Roma and Nasser Al Attiyah. However, the arrival of a majestic trio behind the wheels of the brand new Peugeots could disrupt […]

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DAKAR PREVIEW

“A challenge for those who go and a dream for those who stay behind.” – Thierry Sabine When writing about the Dakar you tend to get carried away – nostalgia, passion, love, respect and joy all kick in at the same time and if you do not handle that with care – it could end […]

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SA-flavoured Dusters head for Dakar

 The two Renault Duster vehicles that will compete in the 2015 Dakar Rally were built in South Africa, says the French automaker. The space-frames for the Dusters were co-designed, developed and built in South Africa, and its new 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine — which makes around 250kW and 500Nm — was also developed locally. The […]

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SOUTH RACING AND NEIL WOOLRIDGE MOTORSPORT TO RUN A FORD RANGER IN THE 2015 DAKAR RALLY

• Second Dakar Rally appearance for former Argentinean WRC star • Villagra to team up with co-driver Andrés Memi in South African-built Ford • South Racing and Neil Woolridge Motorsport continue partnership • Argentine energy company YPF supports Dakar Ford Ranger project • Villagra attracts personal support from Ford Argentina for gruelling rally South Racing […]

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DAKAR 2015: RACE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT SHIPPED TO SOUTH AMERICA

The team at Toyota Motorsport sighed a massive sigh of relief on Friday 12th December 2014, when the two locally developed and built Imperial Toyota Hilux race vehicles left the workshop in Barbeque Downs – next stop Buenos Aires. The two newly completed race vehicles (piloted by Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter, with Dirk […]

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Mini commits to Dakar till 2017

With just less than a month to go before the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally, MINI declared that they have extended the commitment in the world’s most gruelling rally up till 2017. Meanwhile in 2015 Dakar Rally that will be held in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, Mini will attempt to continue its winning streak that […]

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Hino Team Inspired For Dakar Rally 2015 Which Marks 25th Anniversary Of Debut

The Hino Team Sugawara is determined to achieve success in the form of a sixth successive class win (engines under 10 litres capacity) and a high overall placing in the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America. The reason is that next year’s event will mark the 25th anniversary of Hino’s first appearance in the Dakar […]

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TVS Racing to ride fast in Dakar Rally 2015

TVS Racing, the racing division of TVS Motor Company, will become the first Indian automotive brand to participate in the legendary Dakar Rally, after an association with French motorcycle manufacturer Sherco for the event. Under the banner of Sherco TVS Rally Factory team, French riders Alain Dulcos and Fabien Planet will ride the two machines […]

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Toyota tweaks Giniel’s Hilux for Dakar

Toyota South Africa says it has made some important changes to its racing Hilux ahead of the 2015 Dakar Rally that starts in January.”We are very pleased with the latest evolution of our proven Toyota Hilux Dakar bakkie,” said Team Principal Glyn Hall. “This is the third generation of the vehicle which came third in […]

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TOYOTA IMPERIAL SOUTH AFRICA DAKAR TEAM READY FOR 2015 DAKAR RALLY

For motorsport enthusiasts the month of January is synonymous with only one thing: The Dakar Rally. The 2015 race promises to live up to the legend created by the 35 previous editions of what has become one of our planet’s most iconic motorsport events. As in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Imperial Toyota South Africa […]

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Ricardo Leal dos Santos in the Dakar with the new Nissan V8

The BAMP project, headed by Dos Santos the Portuguese pilot, partners up with the South African manufacturer of the Nissan V8 cross country rally car, Red-Lined Motorsport, to develop a top competition race car for the Dakar Rally The new Nissan returns to off road competition in the Dakar Rally with the new V8 Navara […]

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Nasser Al-Attiyah to drive a MINI in Dakar Rally

2011 Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) will start the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) in a MINI ALL4 Racing, built  by the German-based X-raid GmbH. It will be the eleventh Dakar start for the 43-year-old Olympic bronze medallist in skeet shooting.   The addition of Al-Attiyah makes it a total of nine MINI ALL4 […]

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‘Marathon’ Dakar route unveiled as Peugeot return

 The 2015 Dakar Rally starts in Buenos Aires on January 7, the gruelling three-week test of man and machine taking in Chile’s Atacama desert and Bolivia’s salt flats before a finish back in the Argentine capital.The seventh edition to be held in South America and unveiled in Paris on Wednesday, marks the return of Peugeot, […]

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Overdrive, Hallspeed join forces to run 10 Toyota Hiluxes in grueling Dakar Rally

Belgium’s Overdrive Racing and Hallspeed of South Africa have joined forces and will send a 100-strong team of personnel to January’s punishing Dakar Rally.The entire operation — one of the largest ever to represent a team on the rally — will field 10 Toyota Hiluxes in the world’s toughest cross-country bonanza that starts in Buenos […]

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The 2008 DKR clocks up testing kilometres in France

As the countdown to the 2015 Dakar Rally begins to accelerate, the Peugeot-Total squad is continuing to develop the fearsome 2008 DKR at a frenetic pace with its three star drivers, including Cyril Despres, who is getting to grips with competing on four wheels for the first time. From 7am, Team Peugeot-Total is in action. […]

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Stars hit the stage!

With less than one week to go until registration for the Desafío Inca closes, the drivers and riders who’ve already signed up will make up a star-studded field for the third and last leg of the 2014 Dakar Series. The start list features big names such as Spain’s Nani Roma and Chile’s Ignacio Casale (winners […]

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Died in a crash while driving a quad, says Marathonrally.com

Russian international athlete and Kamaz Master Dakar-participant Ilgizar Mardeev died in an accident while riding a quad bike on Sunday. A farewell ceremony for Ilgizar Mardeev took place on Monday at team’s production shop, reported the magazine TATAR-INFORM.   According to Marathonrally.com, Ilgizar Mardeev began his career in 1975 as a miller at General Designer’s Department […]

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Darryl Curtis – A new Dakar representative in Southern Africa

Darryl Curtis has recently been appointed by A.S.O. as its Dakar representative for the riders coming from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, from now on, to the Dakar 2016. His role will be to bring and share his experience of the Dakar to the riders community, and help the future candidates to […]

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Four MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles to make the trip to Hungary

Following the sensational one-two-three-four they celebrated about a month ago in the Baja Aragon, the Monster Energy X-raid Team and Team X-raid now are going to contest the Hungarian Baja. The Trebur based team travels to the Hungarian city Pápa, located about an hour from Lake Balaton, with four MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles. The Monster […]

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KTM 450 Rally: Take it to the limit

As the Dakar gets ever nearer, KTM keeps pushing the limits with its main weapon: The 450 Rally. No other manufacturer has been more successful in the Dakar Rally than KTM. The Austrian factory has won the last 13 editions. However, KTM is not resting on its laurels. In recent years, the Dakar changed radically when […]