Dakar Rally Stage 8 - San Juan de Marcona to Pisco
Al-Attiyah extends lead while Price pushes through pain The Dakar Rally continued to throw up surprises on Stage 8 as many heavyweights on the leaderboard struggled in 40°C heat on the sand dunes of the 360km special stage to Pisco. Peugeot privateer Sebastien Loeb catapulted his way up the rankings in the car category after a supreme show of strength saw the Frenchman win his fourth stage of 2019.
Every little bit helps for Brabec and Peterhansel The first loop of stage 7 of the 2019 Dakar Rally had plenty of competitors going around in circles as they tried to find their way back to the bivouac in San Juan de Marcona. With over 300 kilometers of desert racing against the clock there were further fluctuations in the leaderboards by the time the dust had settled.
Dakar Rally Stage 6 - Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona
Loeb secures 2nd straight stage victory The Rest Day at the 2019 Dakar Rally is already a distant memory with over 800 kilometers covered today. The sixth stage of the world’s toughest race got the second and final week of this Dakar underway. The dunes of Peru’s Tanaka region were in unforgiving mood as some high-profile racers saw their chances of success severely dented.
With easy win in sights, Andretti teammates self destruct Italian Jerome D'Ambrosio, who is now a Belgian citizen held, off Robin Frijns to win the 2nd round of the Formula E season in Marrakesh, Morocco. However, that was after the two Andretti BMW drivers of Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims made contact battling for the lead while running 1-2 and comfortably ahead of third place D'Ambrosio. The contact put leader da Costa out of the race and Sims dropped back to 4th.
Loeb secures stage five victory The stage five of Dakar Rally returned to Arequipa with 197km of liaison followed by 517km of racing. The rally teams went all out for stage 5 shaking up the rankings as Loeb puts in an impressive lead over Al-Attiyah and KTM continues to dominate the bikes.
Al-Attiyah nabs another stage win, stretching overall lead The marathon stage four of the Dakar Rally kicked off today from Arequipa to Tacna with 663km of liaison followed by 405km of racing. The battle of the cars heats up between Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel, while Walkner’s fate is shrouded in doubt after an injury. Here’s all you need to know:
Dakar Rally Stage 3 - San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa
Dunes claim Sainz's suspension, title hopes The third stage of the Dakar Rally from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa, Peru, kicked off with a 467km liaison and a 331km special. Today's stage proved ruthless as navigational errors and foggy conditions plagued the race. Defending champion Carlos Sainz of X-Raid Mini JCW Team suffered a blow as a navigational error led the team into a dune hole that resulted in significant suspension damage only 38km into the stage. The Spaniard's hopes were diminished in reclaiming the title, after losing almost 5 hours in repairs to the left suspension.
Dakar Rally Stage 2 - Pisco to San Juan de Marcona
Sparks fly as Sebastien Loeb wins sensational second stage After Monday’s quick taste of the dunes, things got serious on stage two of the 2019 Dakar Rally with a race route of 350 kilometers laid out for the competitors. The challenging route created drama all the way as former winners were caught out by the shifting sands and newcomers pounced to take advantage of any slip ups.
two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the win In the car category, two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing SA) took the win, beating reigning champion Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW Team) by almost two minutes. In third, Jakub Przygonski (Orlen X-Raid Team). Al-Attiyah said: “The stage was tricky, not easy. There was a good line from the bikes and we didn’t push a lot. The last 10km, we caught Carlos and tried to stay behind him until the finish. Today was not a short stage, full sand, it wasn't easy. And tomorrow will be similar.”
Two weeks of sand Jan 6th-17th The Dakar rally has had a near magical way of tearing at your emotions for a long time. Each year, the drivers and their teams face an extraordinary challenge, combining varied, extreme difficulties. For the 2019 event, the traditional set-up has once again been overhauled, and is sure to be one of the most challenging programs we have ever seen.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM documentary Thirty years ago, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport wrote the first chapter of a long and extremely successful motor racing story with the entry of a works team in the DTM. Since then, the most successful brand in the history of the series has enjoyed many spectacular victories, set new records and experienced moments of high emotion.
Da Costa gives Andretti BMW team first Formula E win
Holds off late charge from Jean Eric Vergne Felix da Costa held off a late charge from Jean Eric Vergne to win the Season 5 opening Formula E race in Saudi Arabia. It was the first Formula E win for the Andretti BMW team but it was Vergne and his teammate Andre Lotterer driving for the DS Techeetah team who had the fastest cars on track but lost the race due to drive-thru penalties. Jerome d'Ambrosio rounded out the podium for the Mahindra team.
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