The draw for this weekend's Race Of Champions at Miami's Marlins Park (Saturday January 21 and Sunday January 22) has thrown up some mouth-watering matches as some of the world's greatest drivers bid for the title of ‘Champion of Champions'. The draw for the group stages took place today at Marlins Park with the help of AutoNation's Marc Cannon and Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Desert Racers, Manufacturers honored at SCORE Fete
BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos 'Apdaly' Lopez, Frank DeAngelo and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2016 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.
Dakar: Sunderland wins his first, Peterhansel wins 13th
Peugeot team dominates car division
There was no containing the outpouring of emotion at the finish line of the 2017 Dakar Rally. All off-road racers making it to the end of this year's edition have stood up extreme weather and terrain on an unprecedented scale. With this being widely regarded as the toughest Dakar ever to be held in South America it should be no surprise that the teams rich in experience came out on top.
The last long drive, the last sand dunes – and the last chance to make an impression at Dakar Rally 2017. Friday saw competitors cover 759 kilometers from San Juan to Rio Cuarto in Argentina. With Saturday’s final stage only 64km long, there shouldn’t be much room for any major upset before the finish in Buenos Aires. But Sebastien Loeb sent a strong message to his French rival nonetheless.
Joan Barreda obtained his third stage victory this year following a time penalty received by Michael Metge, but this change in the situation still leaves Sam Sunderland untroubled and more than ever leader of the bike category. Stephane Peterhansel also picked up his third stage win since the start and regained the lead in the general standings.
Heavy rains and an overflowed river meant yet another route modification at Dakar Rally 2017. Tuesday’s leg was eventually divided in two parts with a 176-kilometer liaison at the border between Bolivia and Argentina. Taking the vehicles through streams and dunes, the second half of this year’s marathon stage climbed up to 4,400m of altitude and saw the French battle in the car category intensify.
On the road to Uyuni, Ricky Brabec has won his first special on the Dakar at the end of a 174 kilometer sprint ridden at a devilish pace. In the car race, Stephane Peterhansel did justice to his rank of general standings leader thanks to a narrow victory over his team-mate Sebastien Loeb.
Sam Sunderland demonstrated his navigational skills to win in Oruro, taking advantage of his rivals' problems, on a special that was shortened to 219 kilometers due to poor weather. As for Sebastien Loeb, he picked up his second victory this year in the car category at the end of a very risky stage
Dakar Day 4: Price has bad fall, Despres wins stage
Despres now leads General Standings
The fourth stage has been fatal to the ambitions of the title holder Toby Price, who suffered a high speed fall. His team-mate Matthias Walkner deputized ably by grabbing victory from the hands of Joan Barreda, the race leader. In the car race, Cyril Despres won the stage and now leads the general standings.
In Bikes, Joan Barreda delivered a high-level performance on the tricky route leading to San Salvador de Jujuy and won his first special stage of the year with a huge lead over his rivals, perhaps a decisive step towards his first triumph on the Dakar. As for Stephane Peterhansel, he is aiming for a 13th win overall and picked up his first victory of the year in taking advantage of the problems suffered by the rally's first leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Toby Price took advantage of the 275-km long special to let his speed do the talking and pick up a very convincing win in San Miguel de Tucuman. With a lead of more than three minutes over his nearest pursuers, the winner in 2016 has a solid advantage in the general standings. Sebastien Loeb left his mark on the car category by dominating the second stage from start to finish. The Frenchman kept his most fierce rival Nasser Al-Attiyah at bay and picked up his first stage victory of the year as well as the lead in the general standings.
Nasser Al-Attiyah did not wait long to demonstrate that he made the right choice on swapping Mini for the Toyota which he already is mastering. The Qatari struck from the start to win his 26th stage on the Dakar, but ended up doing overtime on the link stage, along which he had to be towed following a fire on his pick-up. Xavier de Soultrait was the quickest biker but could lose the benefit of this first stage victory to Juan Pedrero due to a penalty he is likely to receive for speeding.
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