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Ekström, Peterhansel and Sainz to debut electrified powertrain

Three motorsports legends to usher in new Dakar Rally era next January. The 2022 Dakar Rally will see three legends of motorsport – Mattias Ekström, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz – add an historic new chapter to their careers by driving the first hybrid car using an electrified powertrain at the world’s toughest rally. Here is […]

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Is Audi’s ’dream’ Dakar Rally team inspired by Stallone’s The Expendables?

 Audi becomes the first car manufacturer to battle for overall victory in the infamous Dakar Rally next year with an electrified powertrain, not only heralding an energy revolution in cross-country motorsport, but at the same time securing three illustrious driver teams for this ambitious project. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist (Sweden), Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (France) and Carlos […]

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Loeb names co-driver for Dakar Rally

Bahrain Raid Xtreme’s (BRX) Sebastien Loeb has announced Fabian Lurquin as his new co-driver for the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. Xavier de Soultrait – a starter of the Dakar on six occasions – was also in the frame for the seat. Loeb said that Lurquin’s experience of rally raid and his knowledge of […]

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Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

By: Sergio Lillo  A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally’s T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric’ entry next year. Audi Sport’s return to rally-raid caused some tension even before the German brand revealed the prototype with which it will make its Dakar debut in January 2022. After […]

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LOEB OPENS UP ON ELENA SPLIT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RED BULL CONTENT POOL WORDS BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON   THE WRC LEGEND ADMITTED THINGS WEREN’T AS SMOOTH AS NORMAL ON 2021 DAKAR BUT THAT WASN’T NECESSARILY ELENA’S FAULT Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb has opened up about his split with long-term co-driver Daniel Elena. The pair announced last week that they would be going […]

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Gemballa’s Porsche 911-Based ‘Sandbox’ Off-Roader Will Pack a 750-HP Flat-Six by Ruf

BY MÁTÉ PETRÁNY It’s inspired by the famous Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar racers from years AGO. Slightly beaten to the punch by Singer and Tuthill with their high-flying Safari-ready 911 ASC, young Marc Philipp Gemballa’s off-road supercar is still being developed under the name “Project Sandbox,” inspired by the iconic Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar. However, with its market launch […]

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Dakar Rally champion Toby Price awarded the Order of Australia

By: SBS Sport The two-time Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, “for service to motorsport, particularly to cross country motorcycle racing”. Price is the only Australian to have won the world’s most famous rally and was recognised as a leader in motorsport. “Honoured to be awarded the […]

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Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to “ego”

Shared from Autosport By Rachit Thukral, Sergio Lillo Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue. X-raid Mini driver Peterhansel clinched a record-extending 14th Dakar title on Friday, beating Al-Attiyah by just under 15 minutes […]

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FOURTEENTH WIN FOR MR. DAKAR

Peterhansel beats Attiyah, Benavides takes bikes Stephane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger’s Mini buggy has beaten Nasser Al Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel’s Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Hilux to win Dakar 2021 Saudi Arabia. French legend Peterhansel won just one stage as he led from day 1 to take his fourteenth Dakar victory, while Attiyah took […]

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Dakar Rally is heading to a sensational climax

Dakar 2021 is heading to a sensational climax following Thursday’s penultimate Day 11. KTM-mounted Briton Sam Sunderland came from a quarter-hour behind to set up a KTM versus Honda fight to the finish. He won the day to split Honda rivals Kevin Benavides in the overall standings. Nasser Al Attiyah’s Toyota made a couple of […]

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Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”

By: Maria Guidotti | motorsport.com Nasser Al-Attiyah believes buggy competitors at the Dakar Rally have an inherent advantage over his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad ahead of the showdown in his victory battle with Stephane Peterhansel. The three-time Dakar winner trimmed overall leader Peterhansel’s advantage by 49 seconds on Stage 10, finishing second to Yazeed Al […]

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 A bittersweet day for Honda

Focus Welcome to a different world. Over hundreds of thousands of years, geological processes fashion rocks into gargantuan sculptures with shapes that can be familiar or, on the contrary, rather psychedelic: a mushroom here, a mammoth there, over there a tulip, a pyramid or a Greek colony… In this surrealist landscape, the competitors’ main concern […]

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TOYOTA TAKES ANOTHER DAKAR STAGE

Al Rajhi beats race leaders, drama in bikes Dakar’s tenth stage was a day of contrasts. Yazeed Al Rajhi added another car stage win to Toyota’s 2021 collection ahead of Nasser Al Attiyah and overall leader Stephane Peterhansel, who maintained his 17-minute lead. It was far more dramatic in the motorcycles, however. Overall leader Jose […]

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DAKAR DAY 9 BREAKS HEARTS, BONES

Tough day shapes race as Peterhansel, Florimo take charge Many believed that Tuesday’s 465 km Dakar loop around Neom would have a hand in shaping the outcome of the 2021 race. It seems they were on the money. Overnight leaders Stephane Peterhansel and Jose Ignacio Cornejo Flormino both consolidated their advantages as Peterhansel and Kevin […]

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Al-Attiyah takes forty wins

Focus The city of the future has not yet emerged from the sand and rocks, but the region of Neom can already boast some impressive creations: those of its ancient geological formations. The canyons, cliffs and mountains of brown rock through which the riders and drivers wound during the second half of the special were […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]