Dakar Rally 2022              

This Week In Motorsport

After the dust of the 44th Edition of the Dakar Rally settles, we take a look at what transpired at the worlds hardest rally race!

 

Bikes

British hero Sam Sunderland, made history by giving Gas Gas their first Dakar win aboard his 450 Rally Factory Replica. This is his second win after taking victory in 2017.

Pablo Quintanilla took second place for HRC Honda, and Matthias Walkner will represent KTM on the bottom step of the podium.

 

Quads

Alexandre Giroud made France proud, as he took the top spot becoming the first Frenchman to do so. 25 years after his father Daniel, became the first quad rider to comnplete the Dakar

Argentine, Francisco Moreno took the number 2 spot, followed closely by Polish rider Kamil Wiśniewski.

 

Cars

Nasser Al-Attiyah managed to secure his 4th Dakar Rally title, the Qatari had a considerable lead over the rest of the field. Sébastien Loeb came in second position in his Bahrain Raid Xtreme (Specially made vehicle for the Dakar) , followed by Yazeed Al-Rajhi who completed the podium.

 

Trucks

In the brute force category, Dmitry Sotnikov took P1 with more than a minute to spare, followed by fellow Russian Anton Shibalov. Closing off the top 3 was another Russian Eduard Nikolaev, giving Trucks a Russian 1,2,3.

 

SSVs

After generating quite a lead, Gerard Farrés narrowly lost to American, Austin Jones due to an electrical problem on the final stage. Lithuanian, Rokas Baciuska finished in a very respectable P3 for the rally.

 

Local driver, Henk Lategan won the final stage, making it his second stage win in his career! Henk came home with the fastest time of the day ahead of fellow South African Brian Baragwanath, who finished the stage in third place for Century Racing.

Other notable South African Giniel de Villiers ended the Dakar in a well-deserved 5th position.

 

The Toyota Gazoo Racing Team performed superbly, with the South African Team taking home a 1st position (Al-Attiyah) and a 5th (De Villiers)

 

Congratulations to all who participated, we look forward to being entertained again in next year’s Dakar!

 

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