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AL ATTIYAH TAKES ANOTHER DAKAR STAGE

Toyota’s Nasser slashes the gap to leader Peterhansel South African Gazoo Racing Toyota Hilux star, Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah and Belgian co-driver Matthieu Baumel stormed to Attiyah’s 40th-ever and the duo’s fifth Dakar car day win of 2021. They beat Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz and Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger’s Mini buggies on Monday’s […]

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THE DAKAR BITES BACK

Al Rajhi, Brabec win on a tough day in the desert Several leading competitors found Sunday’s seventh Dakar 2021 stage tough going as Saudi home hero Yazeed Al Rajhi and Dirk von Zitzewitz’s SA-built Toyota Hilux took the car and Ricky Brabec took the bike wins. Al Rajhi benefited overall leaders Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard […]

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 The African passes away

Hubert Auriol won the Dakar three times, first on a motorbike (1981 and 1983) and then in a car (1992), and served as race director for almost a decade. He inspired generations of riders and drivers and has been an integral part of the rally throughout its history. The recent updates on the health of […]

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Verstappen plans to ‘destroy’ Perez at Red Bull

Max Verstappen has pledged to “destroy” his new Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez – just as his intention would be with any team-mate. The Dutchman has always been eager to put the advice of his father, Jos, into practice and there is no disputing that ultimately getting the measure of his team-mate is exactly what he […]

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Dakar 2021, Stage 7: Al-Rajhi wins, Peterhansel extends lead

Shared from motorsport.com By: Rachit Thukral Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi overcame the X-raid Mini of Stephane Peterhansel to claim a maiden stage win in the Dakar Rally on Sunday. Peterhansel led much of the 453km Stage 7 between Ha’il and Sakaki, the first part of the two-day marathon stage where crews have to do […]

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Dakar stage six shortened after navigation issues

WORDS BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON PHOTOGRAPHY BY RED BULL CONTENT POOL Friday’s sixth stage of the Dakar Rally has been shortened and the start time pushed back by the event organizers, the ASO. The decision comes after a ‘significant number’ of crews struggled with navigation during stage five, most notably defending Dakar winner Carlos Sainz who lost […]

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  A NEW LOOK TO THE 2021 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will again demonstrate its flair for innovation. Following on the success of the double-header at the end of the 2020 COVID shortened season and cramming four events into three months to produce a credible championship motivated the SACCS to introduce a fresh look to the 2021 season. In […]

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Loeb stranded in stage after broken suspension arm

By:  Sergio Lillo Shared from motorsport.com Sebastien Loeb’s hopes of a strong finish on his return to the Dakar Rally received a major blow on Friday when he broke a suspension arm on his Prodrive-built BRX1 contender. Having already been hit by a series of issues in the opening five stages of the rally, including […]

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Red Bull Place Alexander Albon and Liam Lawson in the DTM Series in 2021

By Paul Hensby Alexander Albon will race in the DTM Series in 2021 alongside his reserve driver role with Red Bull Racing, with the Anglo-Thai driver being joined in the championship by Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson. Twenty-four-year-old Albon, who lost his Red Bull seat to Sergio Pérez for the 2021 Formula 1 season after a lacklustre 2020 season, will race in DTM in […]

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GREENSMITH HEADS YOUTHFUL M-SPORT FORD LINE-UP

Gus Greensmith fronts a youthful M-Sport Ford squad in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship as he tackles his first full season in a Fiesta World Rally Car. The 24-year-old Briton is joined by Teemu Suninen and Adrien Fourmaux, who will share a second Fiesta. Suninen’s schedule is yet to be finalised but the 26-year-old […]

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GINIEL BEATS BARAGWANATH TO DAKAR WIN

De Villiers takes 17th Dakar stage, but Lategan crashes out South African drivers and cars, Giniel de Villiers’ Gazoo Racing Toyota Hilux and Brian Baragwanath and Taye Perry in a Century CR6 Corvette stole the show on a bittersweet Dakar Day 5 on Thursday, while Kevin Benavides took another controversial bike victory for Honda. The […]

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THIRD CONSECUTIVE STAGE WIN FOR AL-ATTIYAH/BAUMEL AS THEY TRIUMPH ON STAGE 4

Hat trick of stage wins for Al-Attiyah/Baumel 3rd on stage for Lategan/Cummings Lategan/Cummings move into Top 5 overall RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Stage 4 of Dakar 2021 saw TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel record their third consecutive stage win, when they brought their Toyota Hilux home in the fastest time on […]

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Dakar 2021, Stage 4: Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel to win

 DAKAR / STAGE REPORT By: Rachit Thukral Here is how motorsport.com saw today;s stage four action on the duel in the deset. Toyota star Nasser Al-Attiyah scored his third consecutive stage victory of Dakar 2021 on Wednesday, narrowly beating overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of X-raid Mini. Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel and their teammates Henk Lategan and Carlos Sainz made […]

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 Barreda and Al-Attiyah claim victories with a capital V

Focus Somewhat counterintuitively, Dakar stages can sometimes be long and fast at the same time, especially when it comes to transition stages in which the link section makes up much of the course without detracting from the excitement of the race. A big part of the stage took place on tracks, not tarmacs —a thoughtful […]

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2021 TOYOTA 1000 DESERT RACE POSTPONED

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) and Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) in consultation with their stakeholders have announced that the 2021 Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR 1000) has been called off. SACCS announced, following a recent virtual meeting, that the decision to postpone the 2021 TDR 1000 had been taken due to the uncertainty […]

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Price and Al-Attiyah, a sure bet

Focus Altitude has very little effect on the temperature in Saudi Arabia. The riders and crews competed for most of the 403-km special at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level, but the vast plateaux that stretched out to the horizon did not provoke vertigo like the mountains can. However, the wind that continues to gust […]

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ATTIYAH, LATEGAN IN DAKAR TOYOTA 1-2

Nasser wins as Dakar delivers a new star in Henk A new Dakar star was born in the Arabian desert dunes, when South African rookie Henk Lategan delivered a masterful performance to follow teammate Nasser Al Attiyah home to a crushing Toyota Gazoo Hilux 1-2 around Wadi Ad-Dawasir Tuesday. There was drama again on two […]

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MIXED RESULTS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING AS AL-ATTIYAH/BAUMEL WIN STAGE 2 OF DAKAR 2021

Stage 2 of Dakar 2021 brought mixed results for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, with Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel winning the 477 km-long test; while Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro lost significant time due to navigational challenges. Overall, Al-Attiyah/Baumel are now in third place overall, and they trail rally leader, Stephane Peterhansel (MINI), by 9min […]

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Doctor says MotoGP team boss Fausto Gresini’s condition ‘serious’ but ‘stable’

MotoGP Peter McLaren MotoGP team owner Fausto Gresini no longer in a pharmacological coma but remains sedated and connected to a mechanical respirator. Dr Nicola Cilloni of the Alberto Pizzardi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Bologna has provided the latest update on the condition of MotoGP team boss Fausto Gresini. Following a Covid-19 diagnosis and […]

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Dakar 2021, Stage 2: Al-Attiyah fastest, Peterhansel leads

 DAKAR / STAGE REPORT By: Rachit Thukral This is how motorsport.com saw stage2 Nasser Al-Attiyah put Toyota on top in the second stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Monday, as Stephane Peterhansel eclipsed X-raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz to take the overall lead. Three-time event winner Sainz started first on the road in the 457km test from […]

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NASSER WINS, BRANCH, BARAGWANATH STAR

SA cars and crews keep on starring on Dakar Day 2 Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Al Attiyah came from behind to deliver an ultimately crushing Dakar Day 2 victory aboard his proudly South African Hilux. He beat Mini buggy duo Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz to the win on the long and sandy run from […]

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Lewis Hamilton contract: Mercedes man has four demands to sign new deal

By Nick Sutherland Lewis Hamilton has certainly had a busy few months. The 35-year-old claimed his fourth-consecutive F1 Drivers’ Championship in 2020 and was selected as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December. Hamilton’s biggest accomplishment of recent times, though, is being awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honours List. One […]

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Michael Schumacher’s devastating message ahead of birthday: ‘I’m not good enough’

By JOEL DAY The German motorsport legend is 52 today and continues to recover from his tragic skiing accident in 2013. While descending the Combe de Saulire in the French Alps, Schumacher suffered a brain injury that has since left him debilitated. He was skiing with his son and Haas driver, Mick, when crossing an off-piste area of […]

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Sainz wins opening Dakar stage

By RACER staff | Here is hw The Racer saw the first stage action. The MINI JCW Buggy team flexed its muscles on the opening special stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, as reigning champion Carlos Sainz and teammate Stephane Peterhansel finished 1-2 in the 277km run from the start in Jeddah to Bisha. […]

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DAKAR DEALS LEADERS A BLOODY NOSE

Dramatic first day turns Dakar order on its head The first proper day of racing at Dakar 2021 proved a true test of mettle on Sunday. Most competitors who qualified well on Saturday, ran into significant navigational issues, almost from the get go. That handed the advantage to those who had been patient — or […]

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SIX SA CARS IN DAKAR PROLOGUE TOP EIGHT

Attiyah pips Baragwanath, Lategan 6th. Branch 4th in bikes South African cars and crews starred, as against all odds, Dakar 2021 came under starters orders earlier today. 286 cars, bikes, trucks and other contraptions hit the road in anger in Saturday’s Prologue, to determine their starting order for Sunday’s opening stage. It was a great […]

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Toyota: Dakar speed limit will stop X-raid “running away”

By: Jamie Klein Co-author: Sergio Lillo  motorsport.com Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year’s Dakar Rally, and believes this will prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from “running away” on the event’s faster stages. Revised FIA Cross Country regulations for 2021 restrict competitors in the T1 (which includes Toyota, X-raid and Prodrive’s […]

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SOUTH RACING CAN-AM TEAM ENTERS SIX MAVERICK X3S IN 12-STRONG SOUTH RACING T4 CHALLENGE AT DAKAR RALLY  

The South Racing Can-Am Team will be aiming to secure victory and further podium success in the SSV T4 category at the 2021 Dakar Rally, starting in the Saudi Arabian coastal city of Jeddah on January 2nd (Saturday). The Germany-based preparations company has entered six cars under the South Racing Can-Am Team banner, four under the […]

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Qatar’s al-Attiyah focussed on fourth Dakar title

Last year, Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah had a forgettable Dakar Rally. The then defending champion suffered as many as a dozen punctures as the event headed to Saudi Arabia for the first time. Despite the setbacks, the Qatari star finished runner-up behind Spaniard Carlos Sainz by a little over six minutes in his Toyota, numbered 300. […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING PRIMED FOR ACTION IN JEDDAH, AS DAKAR 2021 NEARS

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has successfully cleared all the hurdles for access to Dakar 2021, and the team is primed for action, starting with the short prologue on January 2nd. The prologue will be used to determine the starting positions, but at only 11km in length, it isn’t likely to play a major role in the […]

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OGIER: NEXT SEASON 100% MY LAST IN WRC

BY DAVID EVANS, World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier has told DirtFish next season will absolutely, definitely, 100% be his last year at rallying’s top flight. Seven championships in and with a solid shot at title number eight, DirtFish put it to him that a record-equaling ninth crown could be a reason to extend that Toyota Gazoo […]

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Vettel “learned a lot about myself” during worst season in F1 with Ferrari

By Lewis Larkam Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he “learned a lot about myself” both on and off track when he endured his worst season in F1 in 2020. Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he “learned a lot about myself” both on and off track when he endured his worst season in Formula 1 […]

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Dakar Classic To Feature at the 2021 Dakar Rally

By Sports Car Digest Inaugural edition of the Dakar Classic in 2021. The Dakar Rally is acknowledged as one of the greatest rally raids in the world. It depicts the ultimate human and sporting experience, taking place over a duration of 10 -15 days over several thousand kilometers of some of the most challenging, hostile, […]

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MILLENER SEES “OPEN GOAL” WITH MONZA’S WRC POTENTIAL

BY DAVID EVANS, DIRTFISH SENIOR STAFF WRITER M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener has urged the World Rally Championship to learn from and embrace the Monza Rally round that concluded the 2020 season earlier this month. Millener, who was among those to highlight the benefits Monza could offer before the round was confirmed as part of the […]

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THE INSIDE STORY OF KRISTOFFERSSON’S 2020 TITLE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS MEDIA WORDS BY DOMINIK WILDE You’d be forgiven for thinking that Johan Kristoffersson hadn’t been away from World Rallycross for a year. The 2017 and 2018 champion followed Volkswagen out the door following his second title triumph, spending a year rallying and circuit racing, but in 2020 he picked up […]

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Schumacher is at Haas to prepare for Ferrari seat – Binotto

By Chris Medland | Mick Schumacher has the chance to race for Haas in 2021 because Ferrari believes he has the potential to represent the Scuderia in future, according to team principal Mattia Binotto. Haas has signed Schumacher and fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin as its 2021 driver line-up. The German secured the Formula 2 championship shortly […]

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NGOs denounce holding Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia despite repression

Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and other associated NGOs on Tuesday criticized the decision to hold the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia for a second consecutive year, despite ongoing repression, including the recent jailing of a woman’s rights activist. “A year later, the repression orchestrated by the Saudi […]