Dakar 2013 has its share of glory and problems both for the teams who took on the challenge and the ASO organizers. Yet in the end the final podium at Santiago's Palacio de la Moneda was a day of celebration.
Robby Gordon and Kellon Walch captured 8 podiums and 2 stage wins in the world's toughest off-road race.
Twelfth podium place for protagonist Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain as Dakar finishes.
Peterhansel now has 11 Dakar wins! Despres earns another title to make it five in total. Patronelli takes his second championship. New to the legend status was Nikolaev.
Toyota Imperial South Africa Team saw Duncan Vos and Rob Howie withdraw after yesterday's crash which damaged their roll cage.
Top billing for Yamaha while the Minis hit back on the 5th day of Dakar.
From Peru to Chile, the change of scenery and terrain saw the X-raid Mini team on the attack, along with Robby Gordon in his Hummer. It also was the first Bike stage win in 2013 for Yamaha; thanks to David Casteu.
Barreda bounces back, Al Attiyah on the charge on the fourth day in Peru. The first visit to Chile awaits the remaining competitors tomorrow as they cross the border.
The Riwald Dakar Team survived the toughest test of the opening week.
Another podium for Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain - Paulo Goncalves second in the 3rd stage on route from Pisco to Nazca.
On his Husqvaran by Speedbrain, Paulo Goncalves claimed the second spot on stage 3 of the Dakar Challenge. Joan Barreda broke a wheel and lost over thirty minutes.
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz second on stage two of Dakar rally and second overall after the Pisco loop on the first real test of the sand dunes.
The second stage in Dakar again saw Robby Gordon with more troubles; this time finding a way point during the loop around Pisco.
First stage-win for Stéphane Peterhansel how now takes the overall lead. Tough special stage represented a true navigation challenge for the competitors in Peru.
Barreda makes it two, but "Peter" makes it sixty!
Joan Barreda earns stage 2 of the Dakar challenge on his Husqvarna by Speedbrain. Matt Fish comleted the first real test of 2013 in third.
Stage 2 was a loop around Pisco in Peru, and the one where the Dakar 2013 competitors faced the sand dunes! After an 85 km liaison section, the 242 km special was their first test on the sea of sand.
Vasilliev and Gadasin took it easy so they could find their own tempo for their first time at Dakar.
Robby Gordon now has to make up a lost of time after being stuck in a sand dune on the opening day of Dakar 2013.
Peru, Chile, buggies: a burst of freshness to begin with. Stage 1 took the competitors from Lima to Pisco in Peru.