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Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules aren't changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s.

Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”
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Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”

Nasser Al-Attiyah believes buggy competitors at the Dakar Rally have an inherent advantage over his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad ahead of the showdown in his victory battle with Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar reveals ‘green bivouac’ plans for 2024

Dakar Rally organisers have presented plans for a cleaner future for the event focused on installing a ‘green bivouac’ and introducing an alternative energy category.

Peterhansel "really lucky" to finish stage after double issue Dakar
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Peterhansel "really lucky" to finish stage after double issue

Stephane Peterhansel says he considers himself “really lucky” to have finished second in the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally after being hamstrung by two different technical issues.

Loeb focuses on development work after eight-hour stranding

Sebastien Loeb has switched focus to development running and supporting Bahrain Raid Xtreme teammate Nani Roma after his Dakar Rally was wrecked by an eight-hour stop with broken suspension.

Dakar organisers 'not making roadbook difficult on purpose'

Dakar Rally director David Castera has responded to criticism from competitors about this year’s roadbook and insists the alterations haven’t been made to “make things difficult on purpose”.

Loeb: Dakar 2021 "a race of co-drivers, not drivers"

Sebastien Loeb believes the navigational challenges posed to the crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally has taken the emphasis away from the drivers and made it a “race of co-drivers.”

Peterhansel: High average speed making Dakar "dangerous"

Stephane Peterhansel says the Dakar Rally has become “kind of dangerous” in 2021 due to high average speeds witnessed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia.

Sainz explains huge time loss after Dakar navigation error Dakar
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Sainz explains huge time loss after Dakar navigation error

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr lost over half an hour on the third stage of the 2021 event due to a navigation problem having got “stuck on a point”.

Al-Attiyah targets “two key stages” to secure Dakar win

Nasser Al-Attiyah is focusing on the fifth and sixth stages of the Dakar Rally which he feels will be vital to his victory hopes after a second successive stage win.

Loeb explains nightmare start to 2021 Dakar Rally

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has revealed how a series of navigational errors and punctures left him 24 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz after the opening stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Sainz: COVID "doubles pressure" on 2021 Dakar Rally

Rally legend Carlos Sainz says there is “double the pressure” on competitors in the Dakar Rally due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

De Rooy’s verdict on Dakar 2019: “We had some back luck…”

The 2019 Dakar closed with an emotional picture for the heavyweight stars of the Truck division: a hug between the victorious Russian Eduard Nikolav (Kamaz) and the defeated Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Iveco).

Villagra: Dakar 2019 positive despite setbacks

Federico Villagra says his 2019 Dakar campaign has been "positive" despite all the issues the Argentine has experienced during the event.

Why running a top Dakar truck team is "a full-time job" chats to Petronas De Rooy Iveco team manager Henk van Leuven in the Pisco bivouac at the Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2019: Why reliability is everything

Among the 20,000 spare parts carried by the eight service trucks of the Petronas De Rooy Iveco Team during the Dakar there is no spare engine, as changing engines mid-race is forbidden,

Van den Heuvel talks Dakar "support role"

Newcomer Maurik van den Heuvel has the toughest job in the Petronas De Rooy Team in the 2019 Dakar Rally - keeping everybody in the team happy!

Dakar 2019: How trucks prepare for a marathon stage

We discover how the trucks get set for the marathon stage with Corné Van Drunen, the chief mechanic of the Petronas De Rooy Iveco Team.