Volkswagen has won its third straight Dakar Rally with another treble.
The winner was Qatar skeetshooting gold medallist Nasser alAttiyah, followed by 2009 victor South African Giniel De Villiers and 2010 winner Carlos Sainz. The bike section was won by Spain’s Marc Coma on a KTM, the first back-to-back win since 2002. The quad race was won by Argentinian Alejandro Patronelli on a Yamaha, and the truck winner was Russian Vladimir Chagin in a Kamaz.
Date with Daytona
Sydney racer Daniel Erickson, 23, has been invited to drive in the Daytona 24-hour sports car race next week. He will co-drive a Primus Racing Crawford-Chevrolet in the 49th January 29-30 Florida classic race. NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice, US allrounder Scott Pruett and former F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell and Ricardo Zonta are also taking part. Erickson is the 2008 Australian Formula Ford champion.
First past the post
World, American and Australian supercross champion Chad Reed has scored his first win as an independent rider. His TwoTwo Motorsports team won a heat race in Phoenix last weekend and finished fourth in the main event. They are fifth in the AMA Supercross standings with 15 rounds to go. Ryan Villopoto leads the series.
World rally for girls
Two Australian women — Molly Taylor and Rebecca Smart — will debut in the World Rally Championship in March. Sydneysider Taylor, 22, won her place through the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout in Spain last year. Smart, 24, will be Taylor’s co-driver. She was second in last year’s Australian Rally Championship as her brother Ryan’s co-driver. The all-female team will compete in six WRC rounds.