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Dakar Rally 2020: Sainz seals victory, Alonso finishes 13th on debut

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever

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

Peterhansel wins Dakar stage 11, Sainz holds healthy lead

Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz Sr retains a healthy lead ahead of the marathon's finale

Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping stage 10, which was suspended before the halfway point

Alonso's car suffers damage after double rollover in Dakar stage 10

Fernando Alonso's Toyota Hilux has been damaged in a double rollover during the 10th stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally

Dakar stewards issue warning over forbidden navigation aids

The Dakar Rally stewards have issued a "public warning" to Mini crew Vladimir Vasilyev and Vitaly Yevtyekhov over the alleged use of "forbidden roadbook annotations" during the 2020 event

Dakar Rally 2020: Peterhansel wins stage nine, Sainz's lead slashed

X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel recorded his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah closed in on rally leader Carlos Sainz Sr

Alonso has already 'exceeded all personal goals' in Dakar debut

Fernando Alonso says he has already "exceeded all kinds of personal goals" for his first Dakar Rally, after taking second place in the eighth stage of the marathon

Serradori edges Alonso to Dakar stage eight win, Sainz holds lead

Mathieu Serradori edged Fernando Alonso to top the eighth stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, amid a low-key showing for the marathon's leading contenders

Dakar 2020: Carlos Sainz extends overall lead with stage seven win

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has picked up his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally to further extend his advantage at the top of the general classification

Dakar 2020: Peterhansel takes Mini's fourth consecutive stage win

Stephane Peterhansel scored X-raid Mini's fourth consecutive Dakar Rally 2020 stage win with victory on the sixth test, while Carlos Sainz heads into the rest day as the marathon's leader

Carlos Sainz Sr wins another stage to extend 2020 Dakar Rally lead

Carlos Sainz became the first repeat stage winner of this year's Dakar Rally as he beat Nasser Al-Attiyah to extend his advantage overall to just under six minutes

Dakar 2020: Peterhansel wins stage four, Alonso loses more time

Stephane Peterhansel became the fourth different driver to top a stage in the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah halved the gap to leader Carlos Sainz

Fernando Alonso: I can challenge for magical Dakar Rally stage win

Fernando Alonso believes he could challenge for a "magical" maiden stage win on his Dakar Rally debut following a strong third day of competition

Carlos Sainz Sr takes 2020 Dakar Rally lead, Mini dominates again

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken the lead of the 2020 Dakar Rally after topping the third stage on Tuesday

Dakar 2020: Toyota's Alonso blames crash on "zero visibility" in dust

Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has blamed "zero visibility" caused by dust for his Dakar Rally crash, which cost him over two hours repairing his Toyota Hilux

Dakar Rally 2020: Mini's Terranova takes lead, Alonso hits trouble

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

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

Dakar Rally: Alonso 11th, Mini driver Zala in surprise early lead

Mini driver Vaidotas Zala claimed a shock maiden stage win on the first test of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso placed 11th

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

Fernando Alonso targets no 'stupid mistakes' on Dakar Rally debut

Toyota's Fernando Alonso says finishing is the priority on his Dakar Rally debut and that he needs to avoid any 'stupid mistakes' in the event that begins this weekend

Dakar Rally cracks down on potential cheating ahead of 2020 event

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have taken measures to crack down on illegal navigational aids and practices ahead of the 2020 edition of the marathon

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

Red Bull launches Dakar-based junior programme for 2020

Red Bull will field a host of young drivers in the 2020 Dakar Rally as part of its motorsport junior programme's expansion to rally raids

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...

Fernando Alonso takes maiden rally-raid podium ahead of Dakar 2020

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso achieved his first podium finish in cross-country rallying in the third of his Dakar Rally preparatory outings with Toyota

Alonso will compete in 2020 Dakar Rally with Toyota

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has confirmed he will compete in January's Dakar Rally with Toyota Gazoo Racing

Carlos Sainz Sr: Mini improvements boost Dakar third win hopes

Carlos Sainz Sr says improvements to the front end of Mini's Dakar Rally challenger have left him confident about his chances of fighting for a third win next year

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

Alonso: Morocco Rally decisive in final Dakar call with Toyota

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says this week's Morocco Rally will give him a "concrete" idea of whether he wishes to continue with plans to contest the Dakar Rally

Alonso rolled, hit bird on "nightmare" first rally raid with Toyota

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso's Dakar Rally preparation began with a roll during his first competitive rally-raid event with Toyota in South Africa last weekend, finishing 16th overall

Coma to act as Alonso's Dakar Rally co-driver at Toyota in 2020

Dakar Rally icon Marc Coma will serve as Fernando Alonso's co-driver at Toyota Gazoo Racing when the two-time Formula 1 champion takes on the legendary event

Why Alonso must heed Loeb's Dakar failures Plus

Why Alonso must heed Loeb's Dakar failures

Fernando Alonso is edging closer to a Dakar debut, but he should take heed of the lessons rallying legend Sebastien Loeb has learned through several near-misses, despite his promising performances at the event

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

The route for the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia has been revealed

The route for the 2020 Dakar Rally, the first edition of the rally-raid to be held in Saudi Arabia, has been revealed

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

Why Fernando Alonso's new non-F1 challenges are getting wilder

Fernando Alonso has hinted at contesting an off-road event to achieve "something that has no precedent" and insisted he is not just having "fun" in his post-Formula 1 challenges

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

Video: Fernando Alonso's first Dakar Rally car test with Toyota

Fernando Alonso got his first taste of Dakar Rally machinery this week in a test with Toyota in South Africa

Dakar-winning Toyota 'feels incredible' says Alonso after testing

Fernando Alonso says the Dakar Rally-winning Toyota Hilux he's sampling in South Africa this week "feels incredible" after his maiden run in the car

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

Why Loeb cannot be allowed to give up on Dakar Plus

Why Loeb cannot be allowed to give up on Dakar

Sebastien Loeb has been the fastest man on the Dakar Rally since he first appeared on the legendary event, but he's still not won it after four dramatic attempts. That story cannot end here

Al-Attiyah: 2019 Dakar Rally win should prompt more Toyota backing

Nasser Al-Attiyah believes his 2019 Dakar Rally success will prompt Toyota to increase its backing of the Gazoo Racing South Africa team in the future

Nasser Al-Attiyah claims Toyota's first Dakar Rally victory

Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed a milestone first Dakar Rally win for Toyota in the 2019 edition of the race

Peterhansel's co-driver escapes serious injury in Dakar exit

Stephane Peterhansel's co-driver David Castera has been cleared of fractures to his spine after the crash that ended the X-raid Mini pair's 2019 Dakar Rally on Wednesday

Nasser Al-Attiyah closes on first Toyota win in 2019 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2019 marathon, edging ever closer to a milestone first victory for Toyota

Dakar Rally: Peterhansel crashes out of penultimate 2019 stage

Stephane Peterhansel has retired from the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally after the 13-time champion crashed on the penultimate stage

Dakar 2019: Loeb wins another stage, Al-Attiyah extends overall lead

Sebastien Loeb scored his fourth stage win of the 2019 Dakar Rally on Tuesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah stretched his lead in the overall standings to 46 minutes

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

Dakar Rally 2019: Al-Attiyah leads, Peterhansel heads stricken Loeb

X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel headed the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, reclaiming second place overall thanks to a technical issue for Sebastien Loeb

Peterhansel: Dakar hopes slipping away after another stupid mistake

Stephane Peterhansel says his hopes of a 14th Dakar Rally victory are "slipping away" after losing more than 20 minutes on Sunday's sixth stage

Dakar Rally 2019: Sebastien Loeb fastest as Nasser Al-Attiyah leads

Sebastien Loeb picked up his third stage win of the 2019 Dakar Rally as the event resumed on Sunday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage at the front

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

Dakar Rally 2019: Loeb wins gruelling stage, Al-Attiyah extends lead

PH Sport Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb dominated the gruelling fifth stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, as leader Nasser Al-Attiyah pulled away from Stephane Peterhansel

Dakar Rally 2019: Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah extends lead

Dakar Rally 2019 leader Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his advantage over the chasing pack by topping the event's fourth stage, running from Arequipa to Tacna

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