DAKAR 2018

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THE 40TH edi­tion of the Dakar rally has come to close in Ar­gentina, with French driver Car­los Sainz at the top of the ta­bles in the cars clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Driv­ing for Team Peu­geot To­tal in a 3008DKR Maxi Buggy, this is Sainz’s sec­ond Dakar win. Peu­geot had an­nounced that they would re­tire from Dakar par­tic­i­pa­tion af­ter this year’s event, so the vic­tory comes as a bit­ter­sweet farewell from the world’s most gru­elling motorsport event. Sainz fin­ished 43 min­utes ahead of sec­ond-placed Nasser Al-At­tiyah (Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing). Stephane Peter­hansel, pop­u­larly known as Mr Dakar for 14 Dakar vic­to­ries in var­i­ous cat­e­gories, fin­ished in fourth place in the cars cat­e­gory, af­ter suf­fer­ing a crash in the sev­enth stage. In the bikes cat­e­gory, Matthias Walkner (Red Bull KTM) fin­ished in first, al­most 17 min­utes ahead of Kevin Be­na­vides. This is the first time an Aus­trian rider is pi­lot­ing an Aus­trian ma­chine to first place in the Dakar.






1. Red Bull KTM rider Matthias Walkner made

his­tory with his vic­tory on the Aus­trian ma­chine. 2. Truck win­ners get a good perch for pho­tos on top of their mosntrous Ka­maz. 3. Ig­na­cio

Casale, Quad win­ner, also won the class in the

2014 Dakar. 4. 55-year old Sainz wins the Dakar

af­ter eight long years

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