Giniel de Villiers took the final stage win on Saturday, but Carlos Sainz Sr. is celebrating after clinching overall victory.
Nasser Al-Attiyah won the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally which saw Stephane Peterhansel drop back to fourth and Federico Villagra retire from second place in the Trucks category.
Nasser Al-Attiyah took his third stage win of the 2018 Rally Dakar with victory on stage 12 to cement his third place. In the Trucks Eduard Nikolaev retakes the lead from Federico Villagra, but only by one second with two days left to run.
Toyota’s Bernhard Ten Brinke won stage 11 of the 2018 Dakar as Carlos Sainz increased his lead when the controversial 10 minute penalty was rescinded. In Bikes Barrera pulls out due to injury and Nikolaev loses his Trucks lead.
Stephane Peterhansel took a second stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally, while the Adrien van Beveren/Kevin Benavides battle at the top of the bikes class closed up to just twenty-two seconds.
Carlos Sainz Sr. is the new leader of the 2018 Dakar Rally after Stephane Peterhansel lost a huge chunk of time fixing a broken suspension mid-stage.
Carlos Sainz Sr. took his first stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally to close the gap on Stephane Peterhansel, while Kevin Benavides is the new leader in the bikes class.
Stephane Peterhansel now has a large lead heading into Thursday’s sixth Dakar Rally stage, while Adrien van Beveren saw his lead cut in the bikes class.
Peugeot Sebastien Loeb took his first stage win of this year event which moves him up to second place in the standings behind Stephane Peterhansel. Team-mate and former leader Cyril Despres retired with suspension damage. Sam Sunderland’s bid to retain last year’s bike crown ended after he was airlifted to hospital with a back injury.
Cyril Despres took the cars class honours in Sunday’s second stage of the Dakar Rally, while Joan Barreda did likewise in the bikes class.
Nasser Al-Attiyah gave Toyota the opening stage victory on Saturday, while Sam Sunderland started his defend of the bikes title with the fastest time in his class.
Stephane Peterhansel withstood last minute pressure from Team-mate Sébastien Loeb to win the 2017 Dakar Rally. Sam Sunderland became the first ever British competitor to win the Dakar by taking victory in the Bikes category.
Stephane Peterhansel retakes the lead of the 2017 Dakar Rally from team-mate Sébastien Loeb after having his times re-adjusted after stopping to help a fallen competitor. Sam Sunderland’s comfortable lead in the bikes becomes even more comfortable after the withdrawal of his closest challenger.
Sébastien Loeb set the fastest time of stage 8 and overtook team-mate Stephane Peterhansel to reclaim the overall lead of the Dakar Rally, whiles Sam Sunderland increases his lead in the Bikes.
Stephane Peterhansel was fastest in stage three of the Dakar Rally in a Peugeot 1-2-3 but it was a nightmare day for Toyota, who saw all three factory drivers hit trouble.