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Dakar 2022 rules altered following Audi entry complaints

The ASO and the FIA have made a number of changes to the T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year.

Dakar chief responds to Loeb, Sainz after heavy criticism

Dakar Rally director David Castera has promised a more balanced 2022 event after this year’s rally-raid was heavily criticised by heavyweights Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Dakar Rally reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event
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Dakar Rally reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event

The Dakar Rally will be held entirely in Saudi Arabia for a third consecutive year in 2022, but organisers have promised a “80-85%” new route and a return to the Empty Quarter desert.

Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Loeb hits out at 'incompetent' Dakar speeding penalty

Sebastien Loeb has reacted furiously to the speeding penalty given to him after Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, saying "there is no room for incompetence or incompetents"

How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally organisers ASO explains how it managed to work within the strict confines of host country Saudi Arabia's coronavirus measures to ensure the running of the 2021 event

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar Plus

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

The nine-time World Rally champion is heading to the Dakar Rally with an all-new project, and is joining up with the team he often fought against in the WRC - Prodrive - in his quest to finally add the most famed rally raid of them all to his bulging CV

Dakar Rally reveals 2021 Saudi Arabia route

The Dakar Rally has released details of the route for the 2021 edition, featuring nearly 5,000 competitive kilometres divided into 12 stages that are "80-90% new"

Loeb conducts first test with Prodrive's Dakar machine

Sebastien Loeb has conducted his first test with Prodrive's new BRX T1 machine ahead of next year's Dakar Rally, believing he and the team "will do something quite good"

Palou "super lucky" to sign with Ganassi Racing for 2021 IndyCar season

Alex Palou says he's feels "super lucky" to sign with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2021 IndyCar Series after just one season in the category

Sainz blames McLaren's F1 upgrades for Eifel GP qualifying pace drop

Carlos Sainz Jr says McLaren has been left with much to understand about its upgrade package, after he blamed it for his disappointing performance in Eifel Grand Prix qualifying

Sainz "a little angry" about Perez's F1 situation after Racing Point exit

Carlos Sainz Jr says he has been left "a little angry" at the way Sergio Perez has had to make way at Racing Point for the incoming Sebastian Vettel

Juncadella named Mercedes reserve for Formula E Berlin finale

Daniel Juncadella will be the reserve driver for Mercedes-Benz EQ in the last six races of Formula E 2019-20 season in Berlin

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge Plus

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge

With a stunning success record in motorsport, Prodrive is targeting a new crown by entering the 2021 Dakar Rally. David Richards provides an update on the programme, how COVID has slowed its plans and its options on who sits behind the wheel of its new car

Dakar 2021 to run entirely in Saudi Arabia, but on "100% new" route

The ASO has announced the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is "100% new"

Gas pipeline construction shortens final Dakar 2020 stage running

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route

Dakar Rally: Double F1 champion Alonso drove first stage on tiptoes

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso drove "on tiptoes" on his first Dakar Rally stage, and plans to keep pacing himself until the event's traffic "jungle" clears up

Toyota WRC exile Meeke would "love to explore" Dakar Rally entry

World Rally Championship exile Kris Meeke says he would "love to explore" a Dakar Rally entry in the future, having attended the event as a back-up for Cyril Despres's co-driver

Five-time Dakar winner Despres joins Red Bull Off-Road for '20 rally

Five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres will enter the 2020 edition of the marathon as part of the Red Bull Off-Road outfit

Dakar director: F1 champion Alonso will win a stage on his debut

Dakar Rally director David Castera has predicted that double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will win a stage in his first attempt at the legendary rally raid next month

Why Alonso is already exceeding expectations in Dakar bid Plus

Why Alonso is already exceeding expectations in Dakar bid

How significant was Fernando Alonso's first cross-country rallying podium on a Saudi Arabian event last weekend? Very. The next leg of his post-F1 quest for versatile glory is going very well so far...

What Alonso learned from his best Dakar test yet Plus

What Alonso learned from his best Dakar test yet

Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso took on one of his biggest challenges yet in the five-day Dakar warm-up event, Rally Morocco. Alonso gives his thoughts on his progress in a "bittersweet" event, and whether he will contest the Dakar

Fernando Alonso finds dunes "shocking" as Dakar tests commence

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says climbing the Namibia dunes for the first time with the Toyota Hilux was "shocking", as his Dakar Rally preparation programme began in earnest

Toyota steps up Fernando Alonso's Dakar Rally preparation programme

Fernando Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing have unveiled the first stages of the preparation programe for the two-time Formula 1 world champion's planned Dakar Rally debut in 2020

Dakar Rally could expand beyond Saudi Arabia for 2021 edition

The Dakar Rally hopes to expand the event beyond Saudi Arabia and into other countries for 2021, according to the event's director David Castera

Dakar Rally switches to Saudi Arabia for 2020 in five-year deal

The Dakar Rally has confirmed that the 2020 edition will take place in Saudi Arabia, as previously reported by Autosport

The Dakar Rally is set to swap South America for Saudi Arabia

The Dakar rally is set to leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia, Autosport understands

Fernando Alonso will test Toyota's Dakar car in South Africa

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is testing Toyota's Dakar Rally Hilux in South Africa this week

Juncadella/Habsburg complete R-Motorsport Aston Martin DTM line-up

The R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad has completed its line-up for the 2019 DTM season by signing Dani Juncadella and Ferdinand Habsburg

Stephane Peterhansel suffered whiplash during Dakar Rally charge

Stephane Peterhansel was left 'seeing stars' and suffering whiplash after a nasty landing early on the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally

Sebastien Loeb's co-driver slams Dakar Rally roadbook 'stupidity'

Sebastien Loeb's long-time co-driver Daniel Elena says he is so incensed by the inaccurate roadbook on the 2019 Dakar Rally he would be prepared to quit the event

Toyota has plan if ex-F1 driver Alonso wants Dakar Rally attempt

Autosport can reveal that over the last two months Toyota has been planning for the eventuality that two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will decide to contest the Dakar Rally

Sainz labels 2019 Dakar Rally roadbook 'a disaster' after accident

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr called the roadbook of the 2019 edition "a disaster" after his costly accident on the third stage

Dakar frontrunner Al-Attiyah has discussed potential test with Alonso

Dakar Rally frontrunner Nasser Al-Attiyah says he has spoken with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso about the possibility of testing his Toyota Hilux in Qatar in February

Toyota has to win the 2019 Dakar Rally, says team manager

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

Sainz has concerns over X-raid Mini's Dakar Rally reliability

Carlos Sainz Sr says the Mini X-raid team's lack of Dakar Rally experience with its current buggy leaves him with reliability concerns ahead of the 2019 event

Sainz Sr joins Mini X-raid to enter 2019 Dakar after Peugeot's exit

Carlos Sainz Sr will enter the 2019 Dakar to defend his title after signing with the X-raid Mini squad alongside Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, Autosport has learned

Peru agrees to host Dakar Rally, ending doubt over 2019 event

The Peruvian government has announced the country will host the Dakar Rally after all in 2019, ending doubt about next year's running of the event

2019 Dakar Rally in jeopardy amid Peru financial concerns

The fate of the 2019 Dakar Rally appears to be hanging in the balance, with sole host country Peru reportedly threatening to pull out over financial concerns

Carlos Sainz Sr in 2019 Dakar Rally talks with Toyota and Mini

Carlos Sainz Sr is in talks with both the Toyota and X-raid Mini teams about a 2019 Dakar deal following Peugeot's withdrawal from cross-country rallying

Dakar organisers begins talks about return to Africa for 2020

Dakar Rally director Etienne Lavigne has revealed his team has started exploring the possibility of moving the rally raid back to the African continent for 2020

Dakar Rally 2019 route will be entirely in Peru

The Dakar Rally will take place in only one country for the first time in its history next season, with Peru the sole host nation for the 2019 event

Dakar Rally 2019 route delayed as Chile pulls out

The presentation of the 2019 Dakar Rally route, scheduled for Monday, was postponed by organiser ASO after the last-minute withdrawal of Chile from the event

Dunlop feared returning to WEC LMP1 this season was too risky

Dunlop says the reason it abandoned plans to return to the World Endurance Championship's top division was because it took too long for LMP1 privateers to prepare their new cars

Mercedes completes 2018 DTM line-up with Daniel Juncadella

Mercedes has completed its 2018 DTM line-up by recalling Daniel Juncadella to the series

Carlos Sainz would've had 'bad taste' without Peugeot Dakar win

Carlos Sainz admits his cross-country rally stint with Peugeot would have ended with a "bad taste" if he failed to score a Dakar win for himself

Carlos Sainz Jr took 'revenge' on his dad during 2018 Dakar victory

Dakar winner Carlos Sainz believes his son, Formula 1 racer Carlos Jr, took "revenge" on him this month for all the advice he has given him during his single-seater career

Dakar Rally: Peterhansel concedes defeat to Sainz with three stages left

Stephane Peterhansel has given up on taking a 14th Dakar Rally victory this year, conceding that Peugeot team-mate Carlos Sainz can't be caught over the final three stages

Dakar Rally leader Sainz has penalty for quad incident overturned

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has had his 10-minute penalty rescinded, after Peugeot presented new evidence regarding his earlier run-in with quad bike rider Kees Koolen

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz gets 10-minute penalty

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has been penalised for an alleged collision with quad racer Kees Koolen

Monday's Dakar Rally stage cancelled due to bad weather

The organisers of the 2018 Dakar Rally have cancelled Monday's stage due to poor weather conditions

Peterhansel was 'probably too fast' in crash that cost Dakar lead

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel was left "pissed off" after the accident that took him out of the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally but admitted he was "probably going too fast"

Sebastien Loeb explains incident that ended his last Dakar Rally

Sebastien Loeb has explained the incident that ended what he believes will be his last ever Dakar Rally and left co-driver Daniel Elena injured

Carlos Sainz: 2018 Dakar Rally route is 'too much'

Carlos Sainz says the Peruvian leg that opened the 2018 Dakar Rally has been "too much" for amateur drivers, amid a host of early retirements from the gruelling event

Nani Roma sustains head and neck injuries in Dakar Rally crash

X-raid Mini driver Nani Roma has sustained head and neck injuries in a crash at the end of the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally

Peugeot: Dakar Rally map rule changes for 2018 'unsportsmanlike'

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin says Dakar Rally rule changes banning maps in the cars are "unsportsmanlike" and a ploy to derail the pre-event favourite

Peugeot's Carlos Sainz Sr says 2018 Dakar could mark end of career

Carlos Sainz Sr has admitted the 2018 Dakar Rally could mark the end of his professional career, but insists he will not think about the future until after the event

Stefano Coletti joins Campos for 2017 Formula 2 opening round

Stefano Coletti has signed with Campos for the opening round of the new FIA Formula 2 championship in Bahrain

Miguel Molina lands Ferrari GT drive after Audi DTM exit

Former Audi DTM driver Miguel Molina will drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series in 2017

GP2 ace Raffaele Marciello makes GT switch with Blancpain move

GP2 frontrunner Raffaele Marciello will switch to GT racing in 2017, driving for Mercedes in the Blancpain GT Series