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Wed 31 Dec 2003
Dakar: Scrutineering day two notes

Dakar: Scrutineering day two notes

"I can't wait for the real start" were Sainct's very first words. The three time rally winner (1999, 2000 and 2003) will be one of the favourites again but the fight should be very harsh with KTM official team mates Cyril Despres (n°2), Joan ...

Dakar: Scrutineering day one notes

Dakar: Scrutineering day one notes

In 26 years of existence, rarely a day of scrutineering had attracted as many people. Looking at the thousands that made the short trip from Clermont and the area to the Grande Halle, one can only consider Auvergne as a land of rallyraid fanatics.

Dakar: KTM preview

Dakar: KTM preview

KTM goes round again It starts again. The legendary Dakar rally is about to begin. The toughest test for the bikes and their riders. In its 26th edition the rally returns to its classical route: taking off in the middle of France ...

Michel Point will not run Dakar 2004

Michel Point will not run Dakar 2004

The race has not started, yet the first difficulties Dec. 29 - With three days to go before the prologue in Clermont-Ferrand and the real start of the 2004 Telefonica Dakar rally, the first competitors have started massing on the parking lot of...

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, ...

Dakar: Mitsubishi driver line-up

Dakar: Mitsubishi driver line-up

Mitsubishi Motors announces 2004 Dakar line-up Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), one of the most successful manufacturers in the history of the Dakar Rally, has secured a formidable line-up for its assault on the 2004 event. Four official ...

Dakar: Mitsubishi preview

Dakar: Mitsubishi preview

Mitsubishi aims for ninth Dakar title The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Team, on behalf of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, is aiming for a record-breaking ninth victory and fourth consecutive win in the 2004 Telefónica Dakar Rally, which...

Dakar: Michelin preview

Dakar: Michelin preview

Michelin Desert and Bib Mousse -- a winning combination Twenty-five years after its creation in 1979, specialists of the Dakar Rally still cite the desert itself as being their principal adversary on this unique event, and what all the entrants...

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 ...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
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: Cars production class final standings

Dakar: Cars production class final standings

<pre> Petrol-engined production cross-country cars Pos.Dos. Name Time Variation Penalty 1. 220 Strugo Mercedes Groine Developpement 61:43:12 ...

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...

Dakar: Motobike Super Production class final standings

Dakar: Motobike Super Production class final standings

<pre> 0 - 250 cc Pos.Dos. Name Time Variation Penalty 1. 055 Barbezant KTM Siemens KTM 107:11:22 53:46:50 13:14:00 251 - 400 cc Pos.Dos.

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.

Dakar: Withdrawals after stages 14 to 17

Dakar: Withdrawals after stages 14 to 17

Cars: Stage 16 - Abu Rish - Sharm El Sheik 334 - Abla / Chedly 228 - Loubet / Debron 227 - Orioli / Dominella Truck: Stage 16 - Abu Rish - Sharm El Sheik 401 - Vismara / Panseri / Sangalli -aso- ...

Dakar Truck final overall standings

Dakar Truck final overall standings

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 407 Tchaguine Kamaz ...

Dakar Cars final overall standings

Dakar Cars final overall standings

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 200 Masuoka ...

Dakar Motobikes final overall standings

Dakar Motobikes final overall standings

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

Dakar: BMW final report

Dakar: BMW final report

Category-win and successful hardness test for X-raid Team. "You are already winner when you manage to finish this rally, all the more we are happy that in the end we could win the diesel-category of four-wheeled vehicles", was the first remark...

Dakar: Nissan final report

Dakar: Nissan final report

Ari Vatanen gives Nissan a 4th stage win... For the final event in this 25th edition of the Dakar, 61 cars took the start this morning, for a 34 km loop around the Sharm el Sheikh region. To finish this long journey on a high-note, the four-time...

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: 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 ...

Dakar: Mitsubishi final report

Dakar: Mitsubishi final report

Masuoka triumphs & claims record-breaking eighth Dakar victory for Mitsubishi. Dominant one-two-three for Mitsubishi Motors; Third consecutive victory for the Japanese manufacturer; Fifth one-two-three for Mitsubishi Motors; Mitsubishi drivers...

Dakar: Final winners' quotes

Dakar: Final winners' quotes

MOTOBIKES: Richard Sainct (KTM - n.7) 1st overall "Even if it's the third time, it's a very emotional moment. I have as much pleasure as the first time. Today I'm more than satisfied. It'll take some days to realise but it's a great day. These...

Dakar: Truck stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Dakar: Truck stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 412 Kabirov Kamaz ...

Dakar: Cars stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Dakar: Cars stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 204 Vatanen Nissan...

Dakar: Motobikes stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Dakar: Motobikes stage 17 Sharm El Sheikh - Sharm El Sheikh

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 016 Lundmark KTM ...

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...

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 ...

Dakar: South Africa drivers stage 16 report

Dakar: South Africa drivers stage 16 report

Dakar has a sting in its tail. A long liaison starting at dawn took the teams into the Sinai Peninsula. The final long special of this years Dakar was set on the Sinai Massif, running through sand, green valleys and difficult rocky passes. A ...

Dakar Truck overall standings after stage 16

Dakar Truck overall standings after stage 16

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 407 Tchaguine Kamaz ...

Dakar Cars overall standings after stage 16

Dakar Cars overall standings after stage 16

Pos Number Driver Manufacturer Team Time Diff Penalties --- ------ --------------- --------------- ------------------------- ---------- ---------- -------------- 1. 200 Masuoka ...

Dakar Motobikes overall standings after stage 16

Dakar Motobikes overall standings after stage 16

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

Dakar: Nissan stage 16 report

Dakar: Nissan stage 16 report

A day full of changes... Leaving the bivouac in the early hours of the morning (at 2 am...), the competitors reached the starting point of the special stage after 413 kilometres of liaison. It has to be said that this last stage, the longest of...