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Hero Motosports Team Rally Kick-Starts Its ‘Road To Dakar 2019’ Campaign With The Merzouga Rally 2018

Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport division of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., will begin its ‘Road to Dakar 2019’ campaign with the 2018 Merzouga Rally to be held in Morocco from 15th – 20th April 2018. This will be the Team’s first international rally of the year. The Hero MotoSports Team […]

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Dakar Rally 2019: Easy Rally will be new owner of three Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi

Good news: The former factory Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi – and parts of the former team – will be in new hands. The French “Easy Rally” team, based in the Village of Tossiat, will buy three of the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi and founded the team “Easy Rally Raid”. Next to the cars, the teams […]

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Dakar Rally likely to return to Algeria

Algerian authorities and organizers of the Dakar Rally are discussing the probable return of this famous race to Algeria, the President of the Algerian Federation of Motor-sports, Chihab Bahloul, said on Sunday. Bahloul was quoted as saying by TSA news web site that “the Algerian Ministry of Sports met with the rally organizers, and agreed […]

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Dakar 2019: Peru is back and Argentina could be leaving….

There is no doubt that this time of the year the one of the most productive in what can be considered “rumours” about the next edition of Dakar Rally.  We have already spoken about this many times, and the fact is that we can only be sure of what comes ahead when ASO reveals the plans for […]

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How to survive the Dakar Rally

 Giniel de Villiers tells Graham Scott – Autocar how Have you got the sand for the Dakar? It’s one of the most iconic sporting events in the world. It’s so locked into the public’s psyche that it doesn’t seem to matter that what was the Paris-Dakar is now the Dakar Rally – and it’s not […]

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Coma Announces Departure from Dakar Rally Sporting Director Role

Dakar Rally sporting director Marc Coma has announced he has opted to leave the role following the conclusion of this year’s edition of the event after three years in the job.The Spaniard was a twelve-time competitor of the event in the bikes class, and has five victories to his name, including his final two attacks […]

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Spanish Motorcyclist Laia Sanz Looks to Further Improve Her Stellar Resume

MADRID – Spanish female off-road motorcyclist Laia Sanz has a resume few can match, having crossed the finish line in all eight of her participations in the Dakar Rally (a women’s record) and even placed among the elite riders in recent years. Sanz said Thursday in Madrid during a visit to the headquarters of Agencia […]

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Sainz hints at retirement after 2018 Dakar triumph

Carlos Sainz says his second Dakar rally victory could mark a successful end to his racing career as he assesses his options with Peugeot preparing to leave the event. In one of the highest rate of attritions seen at recent Dakar rally events, Sainz avoided any potential terminal trouble to remain in the hunt over the opening stages before […]

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SOUTH AFRICANS STAR AT DAKAR

Spain’s Carlos Sainz took his second Dakar win and Peugeot’s swansong third win in a row, while Austrian Matthias Walkner won KTM’s 17th successive motorcycle race as the 2018 race came to an end in Argentina following a nerve wracking 120km final stage around Cordoba’s world rally roads. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers took the […]

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Dakar 2018: Sainz clinches Peugeot’s farewell victory

Rally legend Carlos Sainz has scored his second Dakar victory in the 2018 edition of the marathon. Two-time WRC champion Sainz had not finished any of the prior three Dakars he had contested as a Peugeot works driver, yet 2018 proved fourth time lucky for the Spaniard. Having survived a high-attrition opening leg in Peru, […]

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De Klerk & Schutte take TreasuryOne Amarok to Dakar rookie debut honours

South African duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte brought their locally built TreasuryOne Amarok home to victory in the rookie rankings of Dakar 2018 this afternoon. The Pretoria crew was ecstatic, albeit totally exhausted as they mounted the finishing ramp in Cordoba, Argentina in the incredible culmination of a five-year dream. Former track racer […]

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Dakar Rally 2018: Toyota´s Bernhard Ten Brinke ´Not the end that I imagined´

Editor: Neil Perkins Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team’s duo of Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, and Giniel de Villiers emerged relatively unscathed from a dramatic penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally between San Juan and Córdoba. They will head into the short final special stage in 2nd and 3rd places in the overall standings after Al-Attiyah […]

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SOUTH RACING CAN-AM TEAM’S VARELA TAKES COMFORTABLE SxS CATEGORY LEAD INTO FINAL DAKAR RALLY STAGE

CÓRDOBA (ARGENTINA): South Racing Can-Am Team’s Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin will take a lead of 53min 28sec into the final special stage of the Dakar Rally after finishing second on the 13th timed test between San Juan and Córdoba in Argentina. Varela began the stage first on the road and continued his duel with […]

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DISAPPOINTMENT FOR TEN BRINKE/PÉRIN; ELATION FOR AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL ON STAGE 13 OF DAKAR 2018

CORDOBA, ARGENTINA – If ever there was a stage on the Dakar that proved what a fickle mistress this event can be, then Stage 13 was it for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. On the one hand, there was complete elation as Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel won their second stage on the trot. […]

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13TH DAY WREAKS DAKAR HAVOC

Friday may not have been the thirteenth of the month, but it was Dakar’s thirteenth day and it wreaked havoc with leading competitors across the board. Mr Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel crashed his Peugeot early in the day to tumble down the field from his second position; then Bernhard ten Brinke, who had hardly just inherited […]

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SA TEAM TAKES DAKAR ROOKIE LEAD

South African duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte brought the TreasuryOne Motorsport Amarok home 30th as they moved up to 29th overall in the car race on Thursday’s 12th stage of Dakar 2018 from Chilecito to San Juan, Argentina. Significantly however, de Klerk and Schutte have provisionally moved into the lead of the rookie […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL NOTCH UP THIRD STAGE WIN ON DAKAR 2018

SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA – Stage 12 saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Qatari driver, Nasser Al Attiyah, notch up his twelfth stage victory in the Dakar Rally. More importantly, this was his third win for 2018, and cements his third place in the general rankings. The winner of two previous Dakars, partnered on this event with […]

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THE NASSER & PETER SHOW

Dakar 2018’s twelfth and longest day turned out to be a car and truck stage only as the bike stage was canned due to adverse conditions on their route on Thursday. The car race between Chilecito to San Juan, Argentina however proved to be an intriguing one as the top ten continually changed position through […]

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Dakar cancels Stage 12 for bikes, quads

Dakar Rally organisers have cancelled Thursday’s 12th stage for both bikes and quads categories due to weather concerns.Due to run a distance of 723 km from Fiambala to San Juan, Thursday’s running was supposed to make up the second part of the marathon stage, where overnight assistance from teams is prohibited. However prevailing weather conditions had […]

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Dakar Rally: Peterhansel concedes defeat to Sainz with three stages left

Stephane Peterhansel has given up on taking a 14th Dakar Rally victory this year, conceding that Peugeot team-mate Carlos Sainz can’t be caught over the final three stages. Peterhansel looked set to add to his remarkable tally of Dakar wins at the end of the first week, sitting a comfortable 27 minutes clear of Sainz […]

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THE HOME RUN

South African Dakar rookies Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte had another positive day as Dakar trekked from Belén to Chilecito in Argentina as they brought their homegrown Ford V8-powered TreasuryOne Amarok home 29th among the cars on Monday to move up to 30th overall and second among the 5 rookie entries of the 17 […]

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STUNNING STAGE VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S TEN BRINKE ON STAGE 11 OF DAKAR 2018

CHILECITO, ARGENTINA – It was a stunning stage victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Bernhard ten Brinke (Netherlands) and French navigator Michel Périn on Stage 11 of Dakar 2018. The pair powered their South African-built and developed Toyota Hilux to a stage win, 04:35 ahead of Peugeot’s Cyril Despres; and 04:40 ahead of rally leader […]

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TIGHTENING THE GRIP

Dakar 2018 is entering the final straight and while there is still 1000km of racing still to come including an evil sting in the tail, it seems that the modern giants of the epic race through South America are set to extend their runs of success. None of them may have won on Wednesday’s eleventh […]

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PUNISHING ARGENTINEAN STAGE INTO BELÉN COSTS SOUTH RACING CAN-AMS VALUABLE TIME

BELÉN (ARGENTINA): The South Racing Can-Am Team endured a dramatic 10th special stage on the Dakar Rally and a very difficult competitive section, held in punishing heat, between Salta and Belén in Argentina. Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin began the day with an overall SxS category lead of 1hr 34min 31sec, but dropped 12 minutes […]

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THE DAKAR ROLLERCOASTER

They may have had their challenges over the past few days, but South African Dakar rookies Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte and the TreasuryOne Amarok enjoyed a positive Day 10 from Salta and Belén in Argentina on Tuesday to wind up 31st on the day as they moved up to a provisional 28th overall. […]

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MIXED RESULTS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON STAGE 10 OF DAKAR 2018

BELEN, ARGENTINA – It was a day of mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing, on Stage 10 of Dakar 2018. The stage consisted of 373 km of racing, split into two sections, with a massive 424 km liaison preceding the stage. It was a return to lower altitudes for the Dakar, but at the same […]

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DAKAR BARES ITS TEETH

If it had not already delivered an incredible set of twists, turns and controversies so far, Dakar 2018 really showed its fangs on Tuesday to quite literally once again turn the race on its head. The drama started on Monday, when despite the day’s stage being cancelled, there was enough controversy to make world headlines […]

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Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Walkner takes shock lead as rivals crumble

Matthias Walkner has become the favourite to win the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bike class after topping Stage 10, which saw Adrien van Beveren crash and four other contenders for overall victory get badly lost. While the day started with six riders within less than 10 minutes of the overall leader, Walkner now holds a […]

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Rider involved in Sainz Dakar incident threatens criminal action

The quad rider involved in Carlos Sainz’s Dakar Rally controversy has threatened criminal action against the Peugeot driver. Dakar leader Sainz received a 10-minute penalty for what he saw as a near-miss with Kees Koolen’s quad on the La Paz-Uyuni stage. Koolen is adamant Sainz hit him and the penalty is too lenient. “I’m a […]

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STILL CHASING THE DAKAR DREAM

While Dakar 2018’s ninth racing stage to Salta was cancelled due to adverse weather and flooding in the Andes on Monday, the convoy crossed into Argentina to finally allow contact with the TreasuryOne team since they lost communication when the race left La Paz on Saturday. Family, friends and fans had been left in the […]

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Sainz ‘Upset’ by Stewards Decision to Penalise him for Quad ‘Collision’

Carlos Sainz Sr. has hit out at the decision to penalise him ten minutes after stewards deemed that he had hit quad rider Kees Koolen during Saturday’s sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard insists no contact was made, and his avoiding action during the stage actually prevented a collision, but following an investigation, […]

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LEGENDARY TOUGHNESS OF TOYOTA HILUX SEES ALL THREE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA CREWS SAFELY THROUGH MARATHON STAGE

TUPIZA, BOLIVIA – After two of the longest stages on Dakar 2018, all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crews arrived safely at the flooded bivouac outside the Bolivian town of Tupiza. With the technical crews setting up on the roadside, there was relief all round as the crews arrived one after the other. Bear in […]

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THE GREAT ESCAPE

 TreasuryOne Motorsport duo, Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte bounced back from a most challenging Dakar 2018 Marathon Stage to move back up to 32nd position overall following a most positive run from Uyuni to Tupiza in the Bolivian Andes on Sunday. The duo was subjected to their toughest challenge of their first Dakar on […]

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2018 Dakar Dazzles

The Dakar Rally’s eighth day of 2017 produced some top drawer cross country racing as the various leaders in the car and bike categories spent the day fighting it out for stage honours on a run through the Bolivian Andes from Uyuni to Tupizia. The stage that ran at high altitude – between 3500 and […]

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2018 Dakar Rally: Stage 9 cancelled

The SS of stage 9 of the #Dakar2018 is cancelled due to the weather conditions. “The situation is complicated on the bivouac and along the route of the special, there is a risk of flooding and thunderstorm”, Marc Coma says. “We’re going to lose a day, but the race has a good dynamics. We don’t […]

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Peterhansel ‘Still Smiling’ Despite Losing Dakar Lead After Hitting Rock

Stephane Peterhansel revealed he did not see the rock that has derailed his chances of claiming a fourteenth Dakar Rally victory, but he still remains upbeat and third overall, one hour, twenty minutes and forty-six seconds off of Peugeot Sport team-mate and new leader Carlos Sainz Sr.   The Frenchman had been more than twenty-seven […]

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EXCITEMENT FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS MARATHON DAY SHUFFLES THE ORDER

“The marathon stages are always a nervous time – not just for us, but for everyone competing on the Dakar. Making it to the halfway mark without problems eases the pressure a little.” Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA UYUNI, BOLIVIA – Stage 7 of Dakar 2018 served as the so-called Marathon Stage […]

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SAINZ TOPS SENSATIONAL DAKAR DAY

Dakar 2018 was turned on its head on Saturday to bring a new look to the leaderboard as the race pulled into the Bolivian Andes town of Uyuni. Mr Dakar, as they call him, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel may have gone into the day’s stage with over an hour’s advantage over Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz, but […]

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SOUTH RACING CAN-AM MAVERICK X3s HOLD FIRST, SECOND AND SEVENTH IN SxS CATEGORY AT DAKAR REST DAY

LA PAZ (BOLIVIA): The South Racing Can-Am Team has overcome a mountain of hurdles and some of the toughest terrain that South America could throw at it to bring all three Maverick X3s safely to the Dakar Rally rest day in La Paz. There are still eight stages to run across Bolivia and north-western Argentina […]