Category Archives: Dakar

Peugeot have assembled a Dakar dream team (again)

The Dakar Rally starts today and for the second year running Peugeot has assembled a dream team. They have the 2 most successful Dakar competitors of all time, the most successful WRC driver of all time, and the driver who used to hold that record. It’s worth noting 3 of them hit trouble last year and the 4th had his victory protested by rivals so the mega line-up is no guarantee of success.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah competed at the Olympics

Nasser Al-Attiyah, winner of the 2011 & 2014 Dakar Rally (and reigning WRC2 champion) competed last week in the Olympic Skeet Shooting. The Rio competition was Al-Attiyah’s 6th Olympic Games and he went into the games as a favourite having claimed bronze in London. His quest for another medal was unsuccessful, but Qatar’s most successful driver is also the country’s most prolific Olympian.

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Toby Price did something quite amazing this month

Not only did the reigning Dakar champion, Toby Price, win the Tatts Finke Desert Race for the 5th time, he did so after competing in both the car AND bike categories. This meant he had to complete the long stages in his buggy before flying back to start line and going through them again on his bike. He dominated the bike category and finished 2nd among the cars so actually got close to a stunning double victory.

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The 2016 Dakar Rally was a special sporting contest

Stephane Peterhansel has won the Dakar more than anybody else in history but this year found himself fighting for victory with Sebastien Loeb, the most successful rally driver the world has ever seen. The biggest name in the event claimed victory after fighting with the biggest name in the sport, and their battle was a straight fight in equal machinery. Fantastic.

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Dakar: Peugeot have created the ultimate rally dream team

This is fantastic – Peugeot has unveiled the team it will take to the Dakar Rally in 2016 and it’s one of the best driver line-ups in motorsport history. It’s the rally equivalent of the 1992 US Olympic Basketball team and it’s amazing how the careers of these legends have overlapped enough for them to race in the same team at the same time.

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Dakar: Some of the scariest footage of a rally crash you’ll ever see

Footage of the El Martillo Racing crash in the recent Dakar Rally resembles an aircraft accident. The surprise appearance of a flying car that catches fire amongst screaming onlookers is horrifying.

Thankfully the driver (Matt Campbell), co-driver (Luis Ramirez), and navigator (Nico Ambriz) all escaped serious injury.

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