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CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF AS DE KLERK AND BERGMAN WIN DAKAR CHALLENGE

Consistency paid off for Hennie de Klerk and Achim Bergmann when they won the Dakar Challenge on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race this past weekend. De Klerk and former South African champion Bergmann, in the Treasury One/Atlas Copco VW Amarok, were the only Dakar Challenge entries to see out the distance on the […]

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MAXIMUM ATTACK FOR PEUGEOT AS THE PEUGEOT 3008DKR MAXI IS LAUNCHED

  Following 2 victories on the epic Dakar Rally in 2016 and 2017, Peugeot Sport reveals the successor to the Peugeot 3008DKR that conquered South America back in January: the racing version of Peugeot’s new SUV 3008 that was named as the 2017 ‘Car of the Year’.   The new Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi is – […]

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2018 DAKAR RALLY WILL START ITS 40TH EDITION IN PERU

On its 40th anniversary at world level and the 10th in South America, Peru has been officially presented as the venue and starting point of the 2018 Dakar Rally. The race will take place between 6th and 20th January, starting from the Peruvian capital Lima and later running through Bolivia and Argentina. Five years after […]

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Dakar could mandate 4WD turbo petrol cars from 2019

 The Dakar Rally could require its leading manufacturers to switch to four-wheel-drive entries with turbocharged petrol engines from 2019 onwards.A roadmap for the future of cross-country rallying was agreed in a late-2016 strategic meeting between the FIA and representatives from rally-raid’s leading manufacturers – X-Raid Mini, Peugeot and Toyota Overdrive. The new FIA ruleset would apply […]

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Peugeot impossible to beat even with clean run – de Villiers

By: Jamie Klein Motorsport.com Former Dakar Rally champion Giniel de Villiers believes Peugeot would have been impossible to beat in this year’s race even if he had enjoyed a clean run. The Toyota driver’s bid for a second Dakar crown was ruined early on as a fuel pump issue cost him over half an hour […]

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The Fiat Panda conquers the desert: the PanDakar is the queen of the world’s most famous rally-raid.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)Fiat brand played a starring role at the 2017 edition of the world’s toughest race, the Dakar, entering a car closely derived from the multiple award-winning Panda utility car. The car – which was named PanDakar – is a Fiat Panda 4×4 Cross fitted with a standard powerful yet efficient 132 kW […]

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An Epic Flawed

Dakar 2017 is over – Stephane Peterhansel trailed Sebastien Loeb home to secure his second win on the trot, his seventh in cars and his thirteenth career Dakar win in all.He beat Loeb by 5 minutes in a Peugeot 1-2-3 with Cyril Despres third, while Nani Roma ended fourth in his SA-built Toyota Hilux and […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Peterhansel crowned, Peugeot takes 1-2-3

By : Valentin Khorounzhiy Peugeot’s Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for the French manufacturer as he saw off WRC legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event. Peterhansel, nicknamed “Mr. Dakar” as the rally’s most successful competitor ever, now has seven wins in the car category to his six bike triumphs. […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Sunderland seals maiden bikes title

By: Jamie Klein   KTM rider Sam Sunderland has won the bikes category of the 2017 Dakar Rally, becoming the first Briton to take overall honours in any class of the legendary event.Sunderland, taking part in his fourth Dakar, took charge of the event on the fifth stage, his chances boosted by the two pre-event […]

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Battle lines are drawn

Peugeots, Giniel fight to the end Dakar 2017 may have been controversial over its epic two weeks as competitors struggled with navigation and the weather, which saw to it that a quarter of the race distance was canned, but the race is proving to be a brilliant fight as several intense battles are set to […]

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Dakar 2017: Loeb wins stage 11

Sebastien Loeb has won stage 11 by 00:01.31 from his Peugeot teammate, Stephane Peterhansel. Peterhansel however still leads the event in the overall standings and there may not be enough stage kilometres left for Loeb to try and reel in Peterhansel who is set for his 13th overall win on the Dakar. South Africa’s,  Giniel […]

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Peugeot boss more impressed with Elena than Loeb

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Peugeot Sport’s boss Bruno Famin says it’s the performance of Sebastien Loeb’s co-driver Daniel Elena, not the nine-time World Rally Champion driver, that has impressed him most on the Dakar so far this year. Loeb, in his second attempt at the event, currently leads the car category ahead of his two Dakar veteran […]

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Dakar 2017: Stage 11 shorts

  10:05 Third best time for De Villiers Giniel De Villiers has reached WP1 3’17 behind Sébastien Loeb who is on top form. The official Toyota driver holds a one minute lead over the Mini driven by Orlando Terranova, who in turn is two seconds ahead of the Peugeot driven by Cyril Despres. 09:42 Loeb […]

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Dakar: Joker or joke?

 Wild Dakar Day 10 another shambles Dakar organisers promised that today’s long opening ‘trial’ section would challenge crews. It did far more than that as a chaotic special stage saw the leaderboard frantically changing as leading competitors lost their way and lesser known riders and drivers popped up on top of the time sheets. But […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 10: Loeb wins, Peterhansel collides with biker

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy, Peugeot’s Sebastien Loeb provisionally took victory in the 10th stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as rival Stephane Peterhansel made contact with a competitor from the bike category.But with Peterhansel expected to be given back time for stopping to assist the biker after the incident, the reigning champion could yet be given […]

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Dakar 2017 shorts stage 10

  11:57 Despres still leads at CP1 Cyril Despres could not have hoped for a better start to the special. Peugeot’s number three has reached CP1 with a lead of 5’42 over the astonishing Peruvian Nicolás Fuchs. Yazeed Al Rajhi currently lies in third place. 11:29 Peterhansel trails by 11’55 Following his collision with Simon […]

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Dakar Rally 2017: The stage is set for the grand finale

The 9,000km of the 2017 Dakar Rally is coming to a close with the Buenos Aires finish line now just three days away. With racing suspended on Wednesday due to raging thunderstorms and landslides we get back underway tomorrow as the Dakar convoy heads south through Argentina. Dakar competitors were given the chance to recharge […]

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Dakar Rally: Sam Sunderland keeps grip on motorcycle class as car category sees Sebastien Loeb rise

SAM Sunderland has tightened his grip on the overall lead of the motorcycle class as the Dakar Rally raced back into Argentina. The British KTM rider finished third on Stage 8 but still put three minutes into his chief rival in the overall standings, Pablo Quintanilla. Sebastien Loeb has raced into the lead of the […]

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Dakar Rally 2017: Stage 9 cancelled due to landslide on preceding stage

THE 2017 running of the Dakar Rally is turning into a survival of the fittest for the event’s stages as much as its competitors.Organisers have confirmed the cancellation of Stage 9 from Salta to Chilecito, the second stage to be cancelled so far on this year’s event.Persistent rain, much needed by drought-stricken Bolivia, has plagued […]

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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST TV SHOW HAS JUST BEGUN

2017 DAKAR RALLY Stage 8 After I wrote my Dakar report before the start of the event I decided rather not to publish it – for the simple reason that I did not predict the outcome in an acceptable, South African way. There was no reason for my predictions other than being based on experience, […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 7: Peterhansel and Loeb edge clear of rivals

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Motorsport.com Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel topped the seventh stage of the race, gaining 48 seconds on teammate and nearest rival Sebastien Loeb.The La Paz – Uyuni test that awaited competitors on Monday was revamped and reduced in length after torrential rain had hit Bolivia and made the original route nonviable.Reigning champion […]

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Dakar 2017: American Ricky Brabec breaks through with Stage 7 win

On an interesting day in bikes where overall race leader Sam Sunderland stopped 38 km into the new stage route for Stage 7, La Paz to Uyuni, American Ricky Brabec has captured his first stage win in this year’s Dakar Rally. Brabec, on his No. 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda, closed to 18 seconds of […]

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De Villiers: Inaccurate roadbook behind Dakar navigation “lottery”

Toyota’s Giniel de Villiers says inaccuracies in the Dakar Rally roadbook have been behind much of the navigation woes encountered by teams in the 2017 race. The roadbook, which maps out the route for competitors, is handed out to participating teams by the organisers in the evening prior to the day of the relevant stage. […]

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Loeb credits navigation gains for Dakar 2017 victory bid

Valentin Khorounzhiy Sebastien Loeb says the work he and co-driver Daniel Elena have done since their Dakar Rally debut in 2016 has allowed them to run at the sharp end through the tougher stages of this year’s event.Loeb picked up a second stage win on this year’s Dakar in Friday’s Tupiza-Oruro stage, as he saw off Nani Roma […]

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Dakar sixth stage canceled due to extreme weather

 © Reuters. Dakar Rally – 2017 Paraguay-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally – 39th Dakar Edition – Fifth stage from Tupiza to Oruro, Bolivia   (Reuters) – The sixth stage of the Dakar Rally was canceled on Saturday due to extreme weather conditions in Bolivia, with competitors heading for a rest day in La Paz before resuming the […]

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Stage Five turns into a wet and wild ride at the 2017 Dakar Rally

Today’s offroad action came thick and fast on a shortened Stage Five at the 2017 Dakar Rally as torrential rain added to the hazards out on the course. With the previous stage claiming the high-profile retirements of Carlos Sainz (ESP) and Toby Price (AUS) it was up to those championship hopefuls still in the race […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 5: Sunderland takes lead as rivals get lost

Sam Sunderland has taken the lead of the Dakar Rally bikes contest after several of his rivals got lost during Friday’s fifth stage of the South American event. The first stage of the rally to be run entirely on Bolivian soil, Friday’s Tupiza-Oruro test was originally supposed to be 447km, but was eventually halted after 219km due […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 5: Loeb fastest, Peterhansel moves to the lead

Sebastien Loeb took his second stage win of the 2017 Dakar Rally, as Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel took the lead in the overall classification. Despite the timed section being cut virtually in half, both Peterhansel and Loeb managed to make up enough time on the third Peugeot of Cyril Despres to leapfrog their teammate in […]

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Chris Atkinson: “I can’t wait to get started!”

Chris Atkinson is looking forward to his first full rallycross season after being confirmed as one of Subaru Rally Team USA‘s drivers for the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross campaign.The Australian joined the team midway through last season, driving the team’s new car in Atlantic City. After spending more time with the team during the […]

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CONSOLIDATION ON STAGE 4 OF DAKAR 2017 FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA

TUPIZA, BOLIVIA – The first three stages of Dakar 2017 brought a mix of emotions for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. First came an opening stage win for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (#301), which filled the team with pride and confidence. Stage two brought a second-place finish, but then disaster struck. Stage three saw Al-Attiyah/Baumel […]

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Dakar 2017, Stage 4: Barreda keeps lead, Price crashes out

By: Jamie Klein, Motorsport.com Joan Barreda has kept the lead of the Dakar Rally bikes contest after Thursday’s stage, as defending champion Toby Price was forced to retire after a late crash.he fourth stage of the South American event took the riders across the Bolivian border from Jujuy to Tupiza, with the timed section comprising […]

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Slovakian motorcyclist survives lightning strike in Dakar rally

PRAGUE, January 5. /TASS/. Slovakian motorcyclist Ivan Jakes has miraculously survived a lightning strike while riding his motorbike in the Dakar rally in South America, Slovakian radio reported on Thursday. The incident occurred during the rally’s third stage near the Argentinian city of San Salvador de Jujuy. The motorcyclist managed to put down one of […]

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Al-Attiyah retires from Dakar

By: Charlen Raymond Wheels 24 Argentina – Following the gutting news of Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Nasser Al-Attiyah’s suspension failure during the third stage of the 2017 Dakar rally, the team has announced that the Qatari has been forced to retire from this year’s event. The damage suffered by Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel’s Toyota […]

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Momentum shifts as the Dakar climbs to the clouds on day three

Three days into the 2017 Dakar Rally and the first real navigation challenges of the contest have caused major shifts in the formative leaderboards. With waypoints proving difficult to locate in the thin air of northern Argentina we’ve seen crews and their machines pushed to breaking point as the world’s toughest endurance race lives up […]

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Barreda breaks the bank

Joan Barreda delivered a high-level performance on the tricky route leading to San Salvador de Jujuy and won his first special stage of the year with a huge lead over his rivals, perhaps a decisive step towards his first triumph on the Dakar… Focus Today brought a change of scenery and the first portions of […]

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Sainz is complaining “too much”, say Toyota drivers

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy The lead drivers of Toyota’s Dakar Rally contingent have dismissed Carlos Sainz’s suggestions that Peugeot had been treated unfairly by rule changes. The 2017 Dakar rulebook has seen Peugeot lose 1mm of air restrictor size for its diesel turbo-engined 3008DKR car, whereas Toyota was allowed a bigger restrictor for the petrol engine […]

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AL-ATTIYAH, DE VILLIERS AND ROMA HOLD SECOND, FOURTH AND FIFTH PLACES FOR TOYOTA AFTER SECOND DAKAR STAGE

SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN (ARGENTINA) – Tuesday, January 3: Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa and Overdrive Racing maintained three positions inside the top five after the punishing heat of the second 275km special stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally between Resistencia and San Miguel de Tucumán in Argentina on Tuesday.After hot, humid and muddy conditions […]