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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso

X-raid Mini driver Orlando Terranova leads the 2020 Dakar Rally after the second stage, in which star debutant Fernando Alonso has already lost over two hours due to damage.

Ten things to watch for in the 2020 Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally officially opens the third chapter of its illustrious history this weekend as the legendary off-road event takes place in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Valentin Khorounzhiy and Jamie Klein are your guides to the 2020 edition.

Morocco Rally: De Villiers wins, Alonso 27th

Giniel de Villiers has won the 2019 edition of the Morocco Rally, after Carlos Sainz’s bid to topple the Toyota driver faltered in the final stage on Wednesday.

Morocco Rally: Sainz tops Stage 4, de Villiers takes lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the penultimate stage of the Morocco Rally on Tuesday, as Giniel de Villiers took advantage of Nasser Al-Attiyah’s troubles to surge into the overall lead.

Sainz blames "disaster" Dakar roadbook for accident

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz has branded the roadbook of the 2019 edition “a disaster” after his costly accident on the third stage.

Toyota "must achieve" first Dakar win in 2019

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has to capitalise on the opportunity to claim a milestone first Dakar win for the Japanese marque in 2019, says team manager Glyn Hall.

Dakar 2018: Sainz clinches Peugeot's farewell victory

Rally legend Carlos Sainz has scored his second Dakar victory in the 2018 edition of the marathon.

Dakar 2018, Stage 13: Sainz on verge of win, Peterhansel crashes

Carlos Sainz edged closer to his second Dakar Rally victory on the penultimate stage, but his Peugeot team is set to miss out on a one-two finish following a crash for Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar 2018, Stage 12: Al-Attiyah quickest, Sainz closing on win

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Peugeot rival Stephane Peterhansel to top the longest timed special of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Carlos Sainz edged closer to overall victory.

Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Peterhansel wins, passes Al-Attiyah

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel topped the 10th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally marathon, overhauling Nasser Al-Attiyah for second place behind Carlos Sainz in the general classification.

Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Sainz inherits large lead

Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally from Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel, becoming the first driver to claim back-to-back stage wins in the event's car category.

Toyota drivers say "unfair" inflation rule benefits Peugeot

Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers have both blamed a regulation prohibiting them for using an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system for their tough fourth day on the Dakar.

Toyota: Early Dakar stages key to beating Peugeot

Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Glyn Hall believes his outfit will stand a good chance of toppling Peugeot in the 2018 Dakar Rally if it can keep up with the French marque during the opening leg in Peru.

Peugeot impossible to beat even with clean run – de Villiers

Former Dakar Rally champion Giniel de Villiers believes Peugeot would have been impossible to beat in this year’s race even if he had enjoyed a clean run.

De Villiers: Inaccurate roadbook behind Dakar navigation "lottery"

Toyota's Giniel de Villiers says inaccuracies in the Dakar Rally roadbook have been behind much of the navigation woes encountered by teams in the 2017 race.

Toyota drivers expect more Dakar frontrunner dramas

Toyota Dakar Rally drivers Giniel de Villiers and Nani Roma reckon the car class will see more frontrunners run into serious trouble in the next few stages.

Toyota's horror day a reminder of Dakar's “cruel” nature

Toyota's Dakar frontrunner Giniel de Villiers says the Japanese marque's woes on Wednesday, when its lead cars all suffered major issues, has served as a reminder of the rally's “cruel” nature.

Dakar 2017, Stage 3: Peterhansel wins amid disaster for Toyota

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel took his first stage win in the 2017 edition on Wednesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah hit trouble.

Sainz is complaining "too much", say Toyota drivers

The lead drivers of Toyota's Dakar Rally contingent have dismissed Carlos Sainz's suggestions that Peugeot had been treated unfairly by rule changes.

Dakar 2017 won't be like "easy" previous editions - de Villiers

Toyota's Giniel de Villiers believes Dakar 2017 will be a return to the rally-raid event's roots, as the South African criticised the routes of past editions for being “too easy”.

Toyota drivers bullish about chances of toppling Peugeot

Toyota duo Giniel de Villiers and Nasser Al-Attiyah are optimistic the Japanese marque can give Peugeot a tougher fight for victory in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Toyota "needs" turbo engine to fight Peugeot, Mini - de Villiers

Giniel de Villiers believes Toyota will need turbo power in order to be able to fight for future Dakar Rally wins against Peugeot and Mini.

Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing finish gruelling Dakar Rally

De Villiers, Poulter and Vasilyev reach Rosario in third, fifth and eighth overall,

De Villiers hits out at stage suspension: "Heat was no problem"

Leading Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers has questioned the Dakar Rally officials' decision to cut short Stage 9, suggesting the temperatures encountered were nothing out of the ordinary.