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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...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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: 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 ...

Wed 08 Jan 2003
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...

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...

Thu 02 Jan 2003
Dakar: Mitsubishi bids for eighth victory

Dakar: Mitsubishi bids for eighth victory

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Ralliart Inc. will aim for an eighth outright and third successive success in the 2003 Dakar Rally (officially named the Telefonica Dakar and more commonly known as the 'Paris-Dakar'). The event will take place ...

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: 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...

Wed 15 Jan 2003
Dakar: Withdrawals after stages ten and eleven

Dakar: Withdrawals after stages ten and eleven

Motobikes: Stage 10 - Zilla - Sarir 129 Garcia Mochales 094 Ragot 127 Israel 075 Astori 125 Dollevoet 176 Rojon 142 Dantan 134 Medina 133 Cabibbo 104 Noble 047 Bigot 168 Szilvasi 058 Lafon-Lelievre 152 Bidal 139 ...

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...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
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 ...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Dakar: Day eight

Dakar: Day eight "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... AG MOTORS "Eric Alimi (KTM) N66 - "I'm 37 years old and I live in Perpignan. I'm married and I have a six...

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.

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.

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 ...

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...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage 16 Abu Rish - Sharm El Sheikh notes

Dakar: Stage 16 Abu Rish - Sharm El Sheikh notes

Stage 16: Abu Rish - Sharm El Sheikh Saturday 18th January 2003 Liaison: 413 km - Special stage: 365 km - Liaison: 50 km - Total: 828 km Penultimate stage of the rally : the longest of the event. Set up in the Sinai mountains which will be one...

Fri 03 Jan 2003
Dakar: Stage one Marseille to Narbonne notes

Dakar: Stage one Marseille to Narbonne notes

Stage 1 Wednesday 1 January 2003 Special 1 km - Liaison 264 km - Total 265 km Motobikes 20:15 - Cyril Despres (KTM n.7) clocked the fastest time of the Telefonica Dakar prologue based in Marseille's Parc Chanot on a 1km track in 1m39.89s. The...

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 ...

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 ...

Wed 31 Dec 2003
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...

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 ...

Wed 08 Jan 2003
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...

Wed 31 Dec 2003
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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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...

Wed 31 Dec 2003
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: 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...

Mon 20 Jan 2003
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 Truck final overall standings

Dakar Truck final overall standings

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