Dakar Rally 2022: Star performers from the first week of action in Saudi Arabia

The 2022 Dakar Rally convoy clocked up more than 2,000km of racing over perilous terrain before arriving at the Rest Day. As competitors took a well earned day off from the track, the mechanics got busy tuning up the race vehicles for a second week of intense off-road action. Tomorrow they depart from Riyadh with a further 2,000km to navigate, spread across six desert stages. Before the action gets back underway we’ve picked out some star performers and rounded up the latest results. Here is all you need to know:

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First Female Drivers From Saudi Arabia to Compete in Dakar Rally

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia | 15 December 2021: Two female drivers from Saudi Arabia will make history next month when they compete on the Dakar Rally for the first time. Dania Akeel and Mashael AlObaidan are set to tackle one of the most challenging rally events in world, as they navigate 9,000km across deserts and mountains in their home country.

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VIDEO: Friesacher pilots RB8 along Jeddah Waterfront in Saudi Arabia (F1)

Patrick Friesacher gave F1 fans a glimpse of what they can expect at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix when he powered the title-winning RB8 car along the Jeddah Waterfront in front of thousands of onlookers for Red Bull Racing’s latest Showrun.

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