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Dakar 2022 – Al-Attiyah clinches fourth dakar title

Dakar 2022 – Al-Attiyah clinches fourth dakar title

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Dakar 2022 - Al-Attiyah clinches fourth dakar title

Dakar 2022 – The Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah won his fourth Dakar this Friday in Jeddah ahead of Sébastien Loeb (BRX Hunter). It gives Toyota its second success in the event.

Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed his fourth Dakar win in the 2022 edition of the marathon, as Audi’s new electric challenger proved ultra-competitive right away.

The three Audi RS Q e-trons were driven by an all-star line-up of two Dakar veterans Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz Sr along with DTM and World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom, and all three drivers picked up stage wins over the course of the two weeks in Saudi Arabia.

These stage wins, however, only came after Audi’s hopes at a strong overall result were thoroughly dashed as early as the first proper stage, a loop around Ha’il.

Peterhansel, Dakar’s most accomplished competitor of all-time with 14 wins, was the first to effectively drop out of the contest, sustaining damage to his left rear suspension and having to wait for an assistance truck.

And soon both Sainz and Ekstrom lost boatloads of time searching for a particular waypoint that caused widespread navigational chaos, which Sainz – who ended the day already two hours adrift – described as “crazy”.

But the Audis had proven fast already before their respective troubles, and by the end of the third stage the RS Q e-tron was a stage winner, with Sainz outpacing Toyota’s Henk Lategan by 38 seconds.

Both Ekstrom and Peterhansel then got on the board after the rest day, while Sainz subsequently added a second stage win of his own.

The events of the Ha’il stage had left Al-Attiyah and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb as the protagonists in the battle for overall victory, but Loeb’s hopes of a straight fight to Al-Attiyah took a blow two days later when he lost half an hour thanks to a failure that limited his Prodrive-built BRX Hunter buggy to a two-wheel drive.

The gap between Al-Attiyah and Loeb oscillated from then on, with Al-Attiyah suffering a broken rear differential scare on the eighth stage but ultimately having more than enough in hand to manage the situation.

Loeb started right behind Al-Attiyah on the final stage, and actually caught and overtook the Toyota – but Al-Attiyah only needed to follow in his wheeltracks for the rest of the stage, which he duly did to win the marathon by just under half an hour.

The Qatari’s victory is his second with Toyota, and his first since the marathon switched from South America to Saudi Arabia ahead of 2020.

For Loeb, meanwhile, it is his third Dakar podium in six attempts. He finished an hour clear of third-placed local hero Yazeed Al-Rajhi, who made it two Toyotas on the podium.

General classification: Cars Top 10

Pos Driver Co-driver Team Time/Gap
1 Nasser Al-Attiyah Matthieu Baumel Toyota Gazoo Racing 38:33:03
2 Sebastien Loeb Fabian Lurquin Bahrain Raid Xtreme +0:27:46
3 Yazeed Al Rajhi Michael Orr Overdrive Toyota +1:01:13
4 Orlando Terranova Daniel Oliveras Carreras Bahrain Raid Xtreme +1:27:23
5 Giniel De Villiers Dennis Murphy Toyota Gazoo Racing +1:41:48
6 Jakub Przygonski Timo Gottschalk X-Raid Mini JCW Team +1:53:06
7 Mathieu Serradori Loic Minaudier SRT Racing +2:32:05
8 Sebastian Halpern Bernardo Graue X-Raid Mini JCW Team +2:38:26
9 Mattias Ekstrom Emil Bergkvist Team Audi Sport +2:42:11
10 Vladimir Vasilyev Oleg Uperenko VRT Team +3:02:21

GasGas’s Sunderland wins Dakar Rally

GasGas’s Sunderland wins Dakar Rally

In the bikes’ class, the Dakar trophy returned to the KTM family after back-to-back Honda wins – albeit this time it wasn’t KTM itself but sister brand Gas Gas that brought home the trophy.

General classification: Bikes Top 10, Updated

Pos Rider Nat Team Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR GasGas Factory Racing 38:47:30
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI Monster Energy Honda +0:03:27
3 Matthias Walkner AUT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:06:47
4 Adrien Van Beveren FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team +0:18:41
5 Joan Barreda Bort ESP Monster Energy Honda +0:25:42
6 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo CHI Monster Energy Honda +0:38:06
7 Ricky Brabec USA Monster Energy Honda +0:46:04
8 Andrew Short USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team +0:46:08
9 Mason Klein USA Bas World KTM Racing +0:49:07
10 Toby Price AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0:49:20

In what was a close marathon typical for the class, Sam Sunderland made the crucial break in the penultimate stage, benefitting from others’ navigational woes to jump from fourth to first, leapfrogging Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha), Honda’s new recruit Pablo Quintanilla and Mathias Walkner (KTM).

The seven-minute lead established by Sunderland was subsequently enough for him to ease through the final stage and add a second Dakar win to his triumph with KTM back in 2017.

MotoGP convert Danilo Petrucci had an excellent first Dakar for KTM, albeit wasn’t in contention for much in the overall classification due to an early mechanical failure.

He suffered a few bruising falls over the course of the marathon, but also grabbed a headline-making stage win.

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January 15, 2022 at 01:38PM

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