French legend Stéphane Peterhansel kept main rival Nasser Al-Attiyah in sight on Stage 12 in Saudi Arabia to wrap up a record 14th Dakar Rally victory on Friday – 30 years after his first one – as Russian Dmitry Sotnikov earned his maiden truck crown and Chilean Chaleco Lopez a second title.
Nasser Al-Attiyah took a small chunk out of 13-time champion Stéphane Peterhansel’s now 17-minute lead in the final days of the Dakar Rally. And in the bike class Sam Sunderland continues to chase the leading duo.
In today’s Dakar Rally action, Stéphane Peterhansel extended his car lead to over 17 minutes in Saudi Arabia but two-time bike champion Toby Price is out of the running after crashing in the first half of Stage 9.
Toby Price kept within touching distance of Dakar Rally glory after his makeshift repair – using cable ties to fix his back wheel – held on a marathon stage eight. And in the car class, Nasser Al-Attiyah took a fifth stage victory to close the gap on Stéphane Peterhansel.
Three-time Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah held his nerve on Monday’s Stage Two to claw back time on rivals Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz in the car standings as Russian Dmitry Sotnikov extended his truck lead.