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VWsweeps Dakar

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.

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