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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH / BAUMEL TAKES THE LEAD IN PERU

The Dakar Rally is known for the twists and turns it dishes up every year, and Stage 3 of the 2019 event delivered its fair share. On the positive side, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel drove a near-perfect stage to post the second-fastest time on the day, and take […]

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Big players fall away on mountainous third stage of 2019 Dakar Rally

The gruelling route of the 2019 Dakar Rally showed its teeth on stage three as it removed race leaders from the contest. A heady mix of dunes, mountain plateaus and roadbook confusion was too much to take for some of rally-raids biggest names as leaderboards across all categories suffered a major shakeup. Carlos SainzIn the car class […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 3: Peterhansel fastest, disaster for Sainz, Al-Attiyah takes lead

By: Jamie Klein Stephane Peterhansel secured his first stage win of the 2019 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, while the victory hopes of his X-raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz were practically dashed.Recovering from dropping 20 minutes on Tuesday after making a ‘rookie error’, 13-time Dakar champion Peterhansel took command of Wednesday’s 331km San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa stage virtually from […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 3: De Soultrait wins as leaders suffer

By: Jamie Klein Yamaha rider Xavier de Soultrait scored his first career Dakar Rally stage win on Wednesday, as several big names hitting trouble prompted a reshuffle of the overall leaderboard. Overnight leader Joan Barreda was forced out of the rally altogether as the Honda rider became stuck 143km into the 331km San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa stage.Not […]

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Al-Attiyah confirms Alonso wants Dakar Toyota test

By: Sergio Lillo Co-author: Charles Bradley  Dakar Rally star Nasser Al-Attiyah has confirmed that he has spoken with Fernando Alonso about the possibility of the Spaniard testing his Toyota Hilux in Qatar in February. Alonso suggested in a recent video recording with Spanish TV presenter and rally-raid competitor Jesus Calleja that he would like to test the […]

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Dakar Rally 2019: Toby Price’s hopes of repeating 2016 result hinge on wrist injury

Former Dakar Rally champion Toby Price has admitted his hopes of repeating his 2016 heroics rely on how his fractured wrist holds up over the coming days.The Australian was feeling pain in the right wrist following the short Stage One of the Dakar Rally in Peru on Tuesday and received treatment on it, despite defiant […]

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Sparks fly on sensational second stage at 2019 Dakar Rally

After Monday’s quick taste of the dunes, things got serious on stage two of the 2019 Dakar Rally with a race route of 350 kilometres laid out for the competitors. The challenging route created drama all the way as former winners were caught out by the shifting sands and newcomers pounced to take advantage of any slip […]

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Peugeot to the fore, but Giniel leads overall

Just when most thought the Peugeot Dakar era was over following the factory team’s exit, French rally legend Sebastien Loeb driving a privately entered 2017 3008 DKR racer, delivered a crushing performance to win Tuesday’s second stage from the squabbling pack of Nani Roma’s Mini, Bernard Ten Brinke and Giniel de Villiers’ Toyotas and the […]

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EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON STAGE 2 SEES TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ TAKE THE LEAD OF DAKAR 2019

– Stage 2 brought major excitement early in the Dakar, thanks to a ding-dong battle amongst the leaders. In the end, however, it was Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot) who posted the fastest time, some 8 seconds faster than MINI’s Nani Roma. However, the biggest gains were made by Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von […]

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Walkner gives KTM their first stage win

Matthias Walkner, KTM, has won the second motorcycling stage by grabbing victory from the hands of Ricky Brabec in the last kilometres of the special, beating the American by 22 seconds after having ridden the entire special in the Honda rider’s wake. The title holder has thus sent out a strong message to his rivals. […]

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Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb set the pace through the second stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru.

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Loeb, contesting the race in a PH Sport-run 2017-spec Peugeot 3008 DKR, gradually pulled clear over the 342 timed kilometres on the run between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona – only to nearly lose the stage win in the final stretch. Ending up a mere eight seconds quicker than X-raid Mini driver […]

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De Villiers takes the lead

There is only one way to predict who the winner of the annual Dakar Rally Raid will be, and that is to wait until the fact lady finally sings. The second stage today between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona the included a 342 special showed that the Dakar is one of those events that […]

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SOLID START TO DAKAR 2019 FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA

– It was a fantastic start to Dakar 2019, when Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s three-Toyota Hilux team tackled the opening stage of the race on Monday, January 7th. Former race winners Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel set the pace from the start, winning the opening stage by just shy of two minutes over […]

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Early leader Al-Attiyah ‘clear favourite’ at Dakar – Sainz

By: Andrew van Leeuwen Co-author: Sergio Lillo Carlos Sainz says early Dakar leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has emerged as a ‘clear favourite’ from the first 84 competitive kilometres of this year’s event.Al-Attiyah made light work of the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar, running second through the dunes behind Sainz before catching the Spaniard’s Mini Buggy with around […]

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Collectors’ day

Focus… Pisco is not only the city that has given its name to Pisco Sour, a cocktail that is the pride of the country as well as a source of many arguments and discussions with their Chilean neighbours about just who invented it. Since 2012 and the first visit of the Dakar, it has been […]

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Dakar 2019, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah sets initial pace

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa driver Nasser Al-Attiyah topped the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru. The Qatari completed the dune-populated 84km timed stage near Pisco, which came after a lengthy road section that started at Peruvian capital Lima, in 1h1m41s. Al-Attiyah, a two-time Dakar winner whose most recent triumph […]

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FIM wants Dakar to be part of Cross-Country series

The new president of the FIM, the global motorcycling governing body, wants the Dakar Rally to become part of the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship from 2020. Jorge Viegas, who was elected last year to succeed Vito Ippolito as FIM President, has travelled to the Peruvian capital of Lima to hold talks with Dakar organising body ASO, […]

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Lima 2019 mascot visits Games ambassador at Dakar Rally

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games mascot will accompany Games ambassador and rally driver Nicolas Fuchs Sierlecki on his attempt to complete the Dakar Rally. Lima 2019 say the mascot, Milco, travelled to Pachacamac, 40 kilometres southeast of Lima, to meet Sierlecki and assess the car before the race in Peru. It is said the […]

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The high-speed action is now underway at the 2019 Dakar Rally

The high-speed action is now underway at the 2019 Dakar Rally. Following Sunday evening’s start podium in Lima, racing has commenced at the 41st edition of the world’s toughest race. There was a party atmosphere in Magdalena del Mar as all 334 vehicles and 541 competitors that will race the Dakar were waved off by thousands of […]

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 D-1: the heavyweights step into the ring

541 competitors and 334 vehicles —137 motorbikes, 26 quads, 130 cars (including 30 S×S) and 41 trucks— were cleared to start the 41st edition of the Dakar at the end of the technical and administrative scrutineering. Before the start of the race, the drivers, riders and crews will get a big send-off from the fans during the podium ceremony in Lima. The celebration […]

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Broken but not beaten, Price’s sights on second Dakar crown

The 41st edition of the Dakar Rally – an instalment that organisers promise “unparalleled intensity” – gets underway in Peru on Monday morning, with Australian off-road motorcyclist Toby Price determined to claim a second Dakar win.Less than a month ago, Price broke a bone in his right wrist. In a more conventional sport, the Gold […]

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Toyota “must achieve” first Dakar win in 2019

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has to capitalise on the opportunity to claim a milestone first Dakar win for the Japanese marque in 2019, says team manager Glyn Hall. Toyota Hilux cars finished as best of the rest behind the dominant Peugeots in the past two editions of the Dakar, with Gazoo drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah […]

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Dakar 2019: Everything up in the air for the car race

The car category boasts the greatest field since 2015, with 130 vehicles —including about 30 S×S— expected to take the start in Lima on 7 January.  The X-Raid Team was dealt the best hand following the reshuffling of the elite deck since last January, with star signings such as 13-time Dakar champion Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos […]

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Dakar — All systems go!

Peru’s dune epic starts Monday This Dakar preview is brought to you by Husqvarna Motorcycles SA, Shameer Variawa Racing and Red Lined Motoring Adventures.It’s all systems go for Dakar 2019 as crews gather in Lima in final preparation for the epic ten-day race through the dunes of Peru starting Monday 7 January 2019 with an […]

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Down Syndrome competitor Lucas Barron to make Dakar Rally history

Lucas Barron will make history on Sunday when he lines up on the Dakar Rally starting line in Peru, becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to take part in the grueling race. The 25-year-old, who will be co-pilot for his father Jacques, will tackle the world’s most demanding rally: a 5,000-km, 10-day marathon, 70 […]

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Loeb will approach Dakar 2019 with “humility”

Sebastien Loeb says he will approach his first Dakar as a privateer with humility and patience when the marathon event starts in Lima on Sunday January 6. Loeb is tackling this year’s Dakar in a PH Sport-run two-year-old Peugeot 3008DKR following the French manufacturer’s withdrawal from cross-country rallying after its 2018 victory. Besides the age of his equipment, the other […]

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Sainz has reliability concerns over Mini Dakar buggy

Carlos Sainz Sr says the X-raid Mini team’s lack of Dakar Rally experience with its current buggy leaves him with reliability concerns ahead of the 2019 event. Sainz won last year’s edition of the rally with Peugeot, but the manufacturer’s withdrawal from cross-country rallying means he will defend his title with X-raid The squad has Dakar […]

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Martin Prokop joins forces with Tomas Ourednicek for Dakar 2019

When during Stage 10 of the 2018 edition of Dakar Rally, Czech Republic’s Tomáš Ouředníček gave a rope to his compatriot Martin Prokop pulling out Prokop’s Ford and thus saving his race, certainly neither of them knew that in a few months Ouředníček would receive a rope from Prokop. “We agreed to set out as […]

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Dakar Rally Race: Passion outweighs danger for off-road racers

Hundreds are getting ready for a race with few comparisons. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles will soon go off-road for a 9,000 kilometer trek across Peru.   One racer explained his obsession to CGTN’s Michelle Begue. 34-year-old Christian Cajica has been riding motorcycles since he was eight-years-old. “My passion for motorcycles began at home. […]

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MAZ presented a new truck for the Dakar rally

Minsk Automobile Factory (MAZ) presents its first racing truck with more than 960 “horses” available. After a series of tests, the MAZ-SPORTauto team plans to use it to race several international rally raids. The racingtruck MAZ-6440RR took the best from three trucks of available from the range of the Belarus manufacturer  The chassis came from […]

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Former Footbal Manager André Villas-Boas joins forces with South Racing for Can-Am rally programme in 2018

● Villas-Boas to drive a Maverick X3 in select CNTT events and Morocco’s Merzouga Rally  ● Ruben Faria to drive second Maverick X3  Esteemed former Premier League soccer manager André Villas-Boas has reached an agreement with South Racing to tackle select rounds of his native Portuguese National Championship of Cross-Country Rallies (CNTT) and Morocco’s Merzouga […]

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Rallying legend suggests Alonso tries the Dakar rally…

Carlos Sainz Sr, rallying legend and father of new McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr has called out for Fernando Alonso to take on motorsport’s toughest challenge, the Dakar rally.The race, which has taken place in South America since 2009 in seen as one of the most brutal events in motorsport, and only the hardest drivers dare to take it […]

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Dakar 2019: Laia Sanz confirms her participation after recovering from illness

The Spanish Rider Laia Sanz confirmed recently that she will be at the start of the Dakar Rally in Lima on January 66th after her full recovery from a very serious health problem.  Laia suffered a double infection of virus and bacteria.  The problems started on the spring of 2018, when the doctors detected one […]

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Dakar Rally should return to some Latin countries: Spanish racer Roma

  Spanish racer Joan Roma, best known as Nani, urged organisers to consider returning the Dakar Rally to countries in Latin America such as Argentina and Chile, as the upcoming edition is to be held in Peru.During an event by organisers held here, Nani, who won the 2004 Dakar Rally riding a motorcycle and the […]

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DAKAR BECKONS. OR IS THAT PERU?

Epic 2019 race a true test of the dunes While some argue they should call it the Peru, Dakar 2019 is limbering up for a ten-day jaunt around the South American desert territory with cars, bikes, trucks, quads and side-by-side buggies vying for top honours in the various classes. There will also once again be […]

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KENNY’S DAKAR LEAP OF FAITH

Husqvarna SA star Gilbert set for Peru As far as racing dreams go, there can be little bigger than racing the Dakar and that is exactly what former triple overall SA Cross Country Motorcycle champion Kenny Gilbert has set out to do. Gilbert ended second in this year’s SA championship by all of a single […]

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Robby Gordon Returning To Dakar Rally

Three years after his last appearance, the most successful American driver in Dakar Rally history is making his return. Robby Gordon is preparing to take on the Minis and Toyotas in his quest to win edition 41. Gordon is also entering two other cars under his team banner for his countrymen Blade Hilderland and Cole […]