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Sun 05 Jan 2003
Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage three report

Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage three report

Stage 3: Castellon-Valencia (Link 65km / SS 10km) KTM Gauloises preserve 100% record. In the bikes KTM Gauloises preserved their 100% record thanks to Frenchman Cyril Despres who won the last European special just 2/10ths of a second ahead of ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Masuoka, Sainct, Tchaguine repeat as Dakar winnersHeadline

Masuoka, Sainct, Tchaguine repeat as Dakar winners

Mitsubishi driver Hiroshi Masuoka has taken his second victory in the Dakar rally. The Japanese raid specialist covered the 19 days (one rest day, one boat crossing) to cover the 17 stage event in 49 hours, eight minutes and 52 seconds. Masuoka...

Thu 02 Jan 2003
Dakar: Vicus van Deventer and Bombardier ready for third title

Dakar: Vicus van Deventer and Bombardier ready for third title

Vicus and Bombardier ready for third title in Dakar. Today (Wednesday, 1 January 2003), South Africa's Vicus van Deventer finds himself lining up amongst the 2003 Telefonica Dakar race competitors, in Parc Chone, Marseille in the south of France.

Mon 13 Jan 2003
Dakar: Van Deventer, Bombardier retire from rally

Dakar: Van Deventer, Bombardier retire from rally

Second South African to retire in two days Disaster struck for Vicus van Deventer, South Africa's hope in the quad class of the 25th Dakar race was forced to retire and did not start the stage this morning. After an unfortunate incident in ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar: Volkswagen final report

Dakar: Volkswagen final report

Volkswagen celebrate class victory in Dakar debut. The Volkswagen works team achieved remarkable success in the Rallye Telefónica Dakar, their debut in cross-country rallying. After 19 tough stages the very first competitive outing of the ...

Dakar: Cars Super Production class final standings

Dakar: Cars Super Production class final standings

<pre> Petrol-engined 4x4 Super Production cross-country cars Pos.Dos. Name Time Variation Penalty 1. 200 Masuoka Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Motor Sports ...

Dakar: Bombardier stage 16 report

Dakar: Bombardier stage 16 report

Bombardier pass Dakar test. Tested by some of the worst conditions the world has to offer and helped on by the organizers, the competitors in the 2003 Telefonica Dakar race had to be content with starting off at 01:00 today, in order to ...

Sat 18 Jan 2003
Dakar: BMW X-raid realize first Diesel stage win

Dakar: BMW X-raid realize first Diesel stage win

X-raid realize first Stage-Win of a Diesel at Dakar Rally. With cheering and applause X-raid pilot Luc Alphand was welcomed by his team at the stage finish in Luxor today. Four stages before the final of Dakar 2003, the French on BMW X5 with his...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar: Motobike Production class final standings

Dakar: Motobike Production class final standings

<pre> 251 - 400 cc Pos.Dos. Name Time Variation Penalty 1. 071 Tarricone Honda Max Motors Rally 73:37:51 20:13:19 + 400 cc Pos.Dos.

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage seven marathon Ghadames to Ghat notes

Dakar: Stage seven marathon Ghadames to Ghat notes

Stage 7 - First Marathon Special Wednesday 8th January 2003 Liaison: 5 km - Special stage: 584 km - Liaison: 102 km - Total: 691 km 09:17 - The first marathon stage of this 25th edition. On the first 300kms, fast and various tracks will take...

Thu 02 Jan 2003
Dakar: Starts in Marseille, finishes in Sharm El Sheikh

Dakar: Starts in Marseille, finishes in Sharm El Sheikh

STAGE 1: MARSEILLE - NARBONNE Wednesday 1st January 2003 Prologue: 1 km - Liaison: 290 km - Total: 291 km Route within Parc Chanot on 2 parallel tracks. The night prologue is an event in itself, where people and machines give of their best on a...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage six report

Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage six report

In the bikes, as was widely anticipated, the special victory went to Alfie Cox who started 5th this morning. The South African caught team mate Cyril Despres just before the refuelling CP at 144 km but the short and rapid special didn't allow them...

Wed 08 Jan 2003
Dakar: Cars stage four Tunis to Tozeur

Dakar: Cars stage four Tunis to Tozeur

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 206 Peterhansel ...

Dakar: Volkswagen stage five report

Dakar: Volkswagen stage five report

Huge leap forward for Volkswagen. On the first 'real' desert stage of the Rallye Telefónica Dakar Volkswagen made a huge leap forward. As already during the prologue and on the third stage, Stéphane Henrard and Bobby Willis once again achieved...

Dakar: Day five

Dakar: Day five "My Dakar" quotes

MY DAKAR Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... Benoit Juif (Peugeot) n.321 - "Our relationship is excellent. Especially because we only knew each other...

Sat 18 Jan 2003
Dakar: Volkswagen Rally Team readies for first challenge

Dakar: Volkswagen Rally Team readies for first challenge

Dress rehearsal in the desert -- Towering up to 100 metres, the Erg Chebbi sand dunes lie 50 kilometres south-east of Erfoud in Morocco. For seven days, this imposing Sahara landscape provides the Volkswagen Rally Team a testing area to prepare...

Thu 16 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage 13 Siwa - Dakhla notes

Dakar: Stage 13 Siwa - Dakhla notes

Wednesday 15th January 2003 Stage 13 Siwa to Dakhla notes of the day. Special stage was 569 km with two liaisons, the first one at 47 km and the final one into Dakhla at 41 km making the total for the day of 657 km. This stage is the complete ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar Motobikes final overall standings

Dakar Motobikes final overall standings

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 003 Sainct KTM ...

Mon 13 Jan 2003
Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage nine report

Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage nine report

In the bikes there was more drama today with favourite Nani Roma crashing out at high speed early in the stage. The special finally went to Richard Sainct with Meoni second at 1'44, De Azevedo 3rd at 5'04, Despres 4th at 7'33 and Brucy 5th at ...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar Truck overall standings after stage six

Dakar Truck overall standings after stage six

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 409 De Rooy Daf ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar: Bombardier final report

Dakar: Bombardier final report

Bombardier very strong in Dakar. A few competitors live to tell the story, while many more need to digest the pain of not being able to finish the 2003 Telefonica Dakar that ended in Sharm El Sheik in Eastern Egypt today, after what felt like an...

Sat 11 Jan 2003
Shinozuka still serious condition; Cox, Roma injured (update 2003-01-10)Headline

Shinozuka still serious condition; Cox, Roma injured (update 2003-01-10)

Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka and Frenchman co-driver Thierry Delli-Zotti were seriously injured during stage eight of the Dakar Rally today. Shinozuka was driving the No. 201 Nissan in the T2/3 Super Production class. The team Nissan XX car...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar: Mitsubishi stage six report

Dakar: Mitsubishi stage six report

Peterhansel reclaims the lead Mitsubishi one-two; Fontenay loses time in the sand Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution / Montero Evolution driver Stéphane Peterhansel has reclaimed the lead of the 2003 Telefónica Dakar Rally. The Frenchman dominated ...

Wed 31 Dec 2003
Dakar: BMW X-raid preview

Dakar: BMW X-raid preview

High goals for the 2004 Dakar Rally set by X-raid The X-raid team on the hardest rally in the world. A start signal on 1. January 2004, the finishing flag on 18. January 2004 - between these dates lie over 11,000 kilometres of gravel tracks, ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar: Gauloises Racing final report

Dakar: Gauloises Racing final report

As expected, in the bikes overall victory today went to Richard Sainct, 07'18 ahead of Cyril Despres with Fabrizio Meoni 3rd at 37'30. The all blue podium was complimented by the 4th place of Gauloises KTM's water carrier Jean Brucy (at ...

Peterhansel's comfortable Dakar lead fades awayHeadline

Peterhansel's comfortable Dakar lead fades away

At the end of fifteen stages, Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel was in the comfortable position of holding an almost 26 minute lead over Hiroshi Masuoka. The battling top two Mitsubishis have dominated the overall cars competition from the opening...

Mon 13 Jan 2003
Dakar: Nissan stage ten report

Dakar: Nissan stage ten report

Towards Egypt. It is with great sadness that the organisers of the Dakar announced the death of Bruno Cauvy, co-driver of car number 280 (Toyota). The organisers and the whole Dakar family express their sincerest condoleances to his family and...

Wed 08 Jan 2003
Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage four report

Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage four report

In the bikes, Spaniard Nani Roma win the special in convincing fashion, 0'16 ahead of De Azevedo and Richard Sainct at 0'18. Overall Richard Sainct holds on to the overall lead ahead of team mate Cyril Despres with Nani Roma third on the V-twin.

Thu 02 Jan 2003
Dakar: South African competitors preview

Dakar: South African competitors preview

SA teams ready for 25th Dakar. Marseille in the South of France saw a new era evolve yesterday, at the start of the 25th Dakar race, when the technical scrutineering of the competing vehicles was conducted together with the exhibition of ...

Fri 10 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage nine Sabha to Zilla notes

Dakar: Stage nine Sabha to Zilla notes

Stage 9 Friday 10 January 2003 Liaison 6 km - Special 567 km - Liaison 12 km - Total 585 km O9:34 - A transition special with a first easy half. Hard soil on the first 300kms. The landscape then becomes mountainous while entering the vulcanic...

Sun 05 Jan 2003
Dakar: Vicus van Deventer, Bombardier stage three report

Dakar: Vicus van Deventer, Bombardier stage three report

Bombardier quad riders in the 2003 Telefonica Dakar Rally are in an excellent position with South Africa's Vicus van Deventer on the DHL DS 650 Baja Bombardier leading the onslaught and the attack on the current leader, Josef Machacek of ...

Thu 15 May 2003
Dakar: 2003 Telef?nica - tentative line-up

Dakar: 2003 Telef?nica - tentative line-up

The 2003 Telefónica - Dakar that will set off from the Bouches du Rhône region on the 1st of January has near to 500 vehicles entered : 342 race vehicles (165 motorcycles, 128 cars and 49 trucks) and 147 assistance vehicles (73 cars and 74 ...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage six El Borma to Ghadames notes

Dakar: Stage six El Borma to Ghadames notes

Stage 6 Tuesday 7 January 2003 Liaison: 13 km - Special stage: 228 km - Liaison: 37 km - Total: 278 km O9:36 - The finish line in Ghadames, Libya will be the scene of the first moment of truth on the Dakar. Completely off-road, the special ...

Wed 08 Jan 2003
Dakar: Motobikes stage five Tozeur to El Borma

Dakar: Motobikes stage five Tozeur to El Borma

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 003 Sainct KTM ...

Thu 16 Jan 2003
Dakar: Day 14

Dakar: Day 14 "My Dakar" quotes

MY DAKAR Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... SIEMENS KTM "Gerard Barbezant (KTM) - Fra - n°55 - "We stayed all night at the border between Lybia and...

Fri 10 Jan 2003
Dakar: Jean-Louis Schlesser interview

Dakar: Jean-Louis Schlesser interview

Jean-Louis Schlesser at the bivouac at Sahba. Jean-Louis Schlesser talks about his disappointment at having to retire from the Dakar so early on in the race, his hopes for his team mate Servia and his thoughts on the future. Jean-Louis...