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Prodrive: Audi will "kill" competition in Dakar if FIA doesn't intervene

Audi will “kill” the competition in the Dakar Rally next year if the FIA doesn’t do something to balance its performance against petrol-powered cars, according to Prodrive’s chairman David Richards.

Mechanic dies on the last liaison of Dakar 2022

A mechanic of the PH Sport team has passed away following a road accident in the last liaison of the Dakar Rally from Bisha to Jeddah.

Loeb 'cannot do more' to catch Dakar leader Al-Attiyah

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he ‘cannot do more’ to beat Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah to a maiden Dakar Rally win as the event enters its final two days.

Al-Attyiah given belated FIA seat belt penalty, keeps Dakar lead

The Dakar Rally’s FIA stewards have imposed a five-minute penalty on event leader Nasser Al-Attiyah over 24 hours after a seat belt infringement occurred during Monday’s Stage 8.

Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8

The FIA has decided not to penalise Sebastien Loeb for losing a spare wheel during Monday's Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah felt “really lucky” to finish latest Dakar stage after mechanical scare

Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is “really lucky” to finish the Stage 8 and retain the lead of the Dakar Rally after suffering a mechanical scare with a broken rear differential.

Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles

Mattias Ekstrom claimed Audi’s second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Monday, while a troubled day for Nasser Al-Attiyah allowed Sebastien Loeb to close the gap further in the overall standings.

GCK unveils hydrogen prototype for 2024 Dakar Rally

Green Corp Konnection has showcased its new hydrogen prototype which it hopes to race in the 2024 Dakar Rally.

De Villiers: Death threats after Dakar bike crashes "upsetting"

Giniel de Villiers says it was “upsetting” to receive online abuse and death threats after he was involved in two separate incidents with motorcycle riders on the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah: 2022 regulations have made my life easier

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says the new regulations for the 2022 Dakar Rally have “made my life easier”, believing he now has a fair chance at a fourth career win.

FIA dismisses Sainz complaints about Audi Dakar disadvantage

The president of FIA’s cross-country commission Jutta Kleinschmidt has refuted Carlos Sainz’s suggestion that Audi’s electric car has been “penalised” in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Organisers have no plans to stop Dakar despite French minister comments

Dakar Rally director David Castera insists the organisation has no intention to cancel the 44th edition of the event despite comments from France's Foreign Minister.

French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion

France's Foreign Minister says the country is considering cancelling the 2022 Dakar Rally following a car explosion in the run-up to this year's event.

De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident

Giniel de Villiers has received a five-hour penalty in the Dakar Rally overall standings, leaving him out of the battle for victory after a second incident with a motorcyclist.

French anti-terror agency to investigate Dakar Rally blast

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the explosion that seriously injured a driver before the start of the Dakar Rally in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023

The World Rally Championship could return to Argentina next year after new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said talks to bring the championship back to South America are underway.

Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy

Audi has decided not to appeal against the roadbook for the opening stage of Dakar Rally after Carlos Sainz lost more than two hours searching for the correct route.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah fined for rules breach, gets suspended DSQ

Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has been hit with a €5,000 fine and a suspended disqualification for failing to connect the data logger to his Toyota during yesterday's second stage.

How the opening stage of Dakar 2022 unleashed chaos

The 2022 Dakar Rally began in earnest on Sunday with a tricky first stage in Saudi Arabia, but the roadbook again came under fire for a lack of clarity. Competitors and rally organiser ASO explain what happened.

New FIA president confident Hamilton won’t walk away from F1

Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem feels confident Lewis Hamilton will not walk away from Formula 1 after his controversial title defeat in Abu Dhabi last month.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi endured a disastrous day with its electric RS Q e-tron challenger.

Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain

The second and third stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally will no longer run to 'marathon' rules after heavy rain in Saudi Arabia.

Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash

Reigning Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel has effectively dropped out of contention for victory in 2022 after suffering heavy damage to his Audi on Sunday's opening stage.

Analysis: The technical challenge at the heart of Dakar 2022

The FIA and the ASO are facing one of the greatest challenges in the history of the Dakar Rally as they aim to balance cars built to T1+ and T1U regulations.

Dakar organiser issues warning alert after Jeddah car explosion

The organiser of the Dakar Rally has issued a warning statement on the opening day of the marathon following a road car explosion in Jeddah that injured a competitor.

Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah tops Prologue as Audi makes strong start

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah topped Saturday’s Prologue for the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi’s electric RS Q e-tron challenger made a strong start to its competitive debut with Carlos Sainz Sr.

Toyota's Al-Attiyah sees himself as Dakar Rally 2022 favourite

Toyota’s star driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says 2022 is the “right time” to add a fourth Dakar Rally victory to his CV after coming close to the top prize in the previous two Saudi Arabia events.

Petrucci cleared to race in Dakar after false positive COVID test

MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci has received medical approval to contest the 2022 Dakar Rally after an initial COVID-19 PCR test returned a positive result.

Dakar drivers having to adapt driving style for new 2022 cars

One-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma says competitors are having to “rebalance” their driving styles to adapt to faster but less agile T1+ cars for 2022.

Rebellion retires from 2022 Dakar Rally on shakedown after fire engulfs car

Rebellion has been forced to retire its #251 entry from the Dakar Rally after the DXX RD Limited prototype suddenly caught fire during the shakedown.

Prodrive to use biofuel in Dakar 2022

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, managed by Prodrive, will use a fuel with sustainable components in its new BRX T1+ in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Alonso under investigation for F1 yellow-flag infringement in Turkey

Fernando Alonso has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix for allegedly not slowing for double waved yellows in qualifying.

Sainz: Winning Dakar "has to be the goal" in first year with Audi

Carlos Sainz says he has to target victory in the 2022 Dakar Rally after joining forces with Audi, but is aware of the "gigantic challenge" the German manufacturer faces with a complex electric powertrain.

Audi's Dakar prototype completes two-week Morocco test

The new Audi RS Q e-tron has completed two weeks of testing in Morocco ahead of its debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

Toyota reveals revised Hilux 4x4 ahead of 2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing has showcased the first images of its revamped GR DKR Hilux T1+ that will compete against new cars from Audi and Prodrive in the Dakar Rally next year.

Prodrive completes shakedown with new Dakar Rally contender

The Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team shook down its new and wider BRX Hunter T1 contender for the first time this month in the UK.

Audi reveals electric-powered Dakar challenger

Audi Sport has officially revealed the RS Q e-tron challenger in its full guise ahead of the marque's debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The FIA and ASO have announced a new Cross-Country World Championship for 2022, which will have the Dakar Rally as its main event.

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar 2022 entry

Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car.

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.

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro

Bereaved Garcia crying with "emotion and rage" after Daytona 24 win

Daytona 24 Hours class winner Antonio Garcia says he was left crying from "emotion and rage" after personal bereavements and missing the victory celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test

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 are not changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue

Loeb's eventful Dakar ends in retirement after Stage 8 stoppage

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday's eighth stage

Dakar Rally stewards explain Loeb penalty after critical comments

Dakar Rally stewards have explained why Sebastien Loeb was handed a five-minute penalty for speeding in a controlled speed zone on Wednesday's Stage 4 of the 2021 event

Sainz "fed up" with further Dakar Rally navigation frustration

Carlos Sainz Sr says he's "fed up" with this year's Dakar Rally roadbook after getting lost for the second time in three days

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"

Toyota welcomes Dakar speed limit to prevent Mini "running away"

Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year's Dakar Rally, believing it should prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from "running away" on the event's faster stages

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

Big challenge to do Dakar without warm-up events - Meeke

World Rally Championship race winner Kris Meeke says participating in the 2021 Dakar Rally without previous rally raid experience will be "a big challenge"

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar Rally test

World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, with whom he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally

Loeb: Prodrive not entering Dakar Rally to be behind Toyota, X-raid

Sebastien Loeb says the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team is entering the Dakar Rally expecting to be competitive against established outfits like Toyota and X-raid Mini

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

Sainz "very angry" as McLaren F1 car issue dents Bahrain GP hopes

Carlos Sainz Jr says he feels "very angry" that both his qualifying and race hopes at the Bahrain Grand Prix have been wrecked by a car failure

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"