By: Robb Pritchard, Cross country rally Correspondent
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar correspondent
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.
By: Pep Cifre, Rally Raid Reporter
Silk Way Rally, Russia
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.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar Correspondent
A record-setting eleven MINI ALL4 Racing cars will compete in the 36th Dakar edition spearheaded by 11-time champion Stéphane Peterhansel.
MINI ALL4 Racing the car for winners – Monster Energy X-raid Team successfully defends Dakar title! Four X-raid vehicles in the top 10 in the 2013 challenge.
On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014
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.
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.
Mini has the top three spots overall in the cat category at the 2014 Dakar Rally.
This year’s rally route is anticipated to be the toughest ever held in South America.
The scrutineering village has offered the crowds the chance to taste the atmosphere of the race and to be photographed with some of the race vehicles.