Dakar

The Dakar mourns Paulo Gonçalves

Stage 7 was marked by a crash that claimed the life of Paulo Gonçalves, who was taking part in his 13th Dakar. The victories of Kevin Benavides (motorbikes) and Carlos Sainz (cars) take second place, leaving the center stage to a memorial to Team Hero’s Portuguese rider to be held during the daily briefing with all competitors present.

Dakar: Al-Attiyah penalised for Sainz interference

Three-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was handed a three-minute post-stage penalty on Tuesday’s competitive running, elevating Fernando Alonso to fourth place on the day. Al-Attiyah was punished by the event’s commissioners around 20:00 local time on Tuesday. They ruled that he ‘disturbed’ Carlos Sainz for several kilometers after the second neutralized zone of today’s stage.

Dakar: Day 3

Each day has seen a new winner and new boss on the Dakar. The third stage smiled upon the impressive Ricky Brabec and Carlos Sainz, who were both victorious on the stage and leaders in the bike and car category general standings respectively by the time the stage returned to Neom.

Dakar: Day 2

The second stage in Saudi Arabia smiled on the continent where the Dakar Rally came into being. Ross Branch won in the bike category to give Botswana its first victory on the rally, whilst Giniel de Villers gave South Africa reason to cheer with the 15th stage victory of his career.

Dakar: Day 1

Maps can be deceiving at first sight. What seemed an essentially coastal course turned out to be a surprising hodgepodge of terrains for competitors in the first stage of the Dakar. Even the last two winners of the Dakar, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz, along with defending SSV champion “Chaleco” López, were blindsided by the rocky sectors near the end of the stage, leading to punctures that cost them several minutes apiece. The competitors only really felt the coastal wind on the liaison taking them to Al Wajh. The first to arrive will enjoy the refreshing breeze, but chilling winds […]

Dakar legend Coma to serve as Alonso’s co-driver

Dakar Rally icon Marc Coma will serve as Fernando Alonso’s co-driver at Toyota Gazoo Racing as the two-time Formula 1 champion gears up for an assault on the legendary rally-raid. Coma, 42, won the Dakar title on two wheels five times for KTM between 2006 and 2015 in a career that spanned the event’s African and South American eras and stood down from active competition following his final title.