• DAKAR: X-raid pushes for Peterhansel penalty

    Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel's 2016 Dakar Rally status remains uncertain after the X-raid team appealed a stewards' decision to reject a protest it had lodged against the Peugeot driver. Mini squad X-raid, which has won the event for the past four years, argued that Peterhansel had refueled illegally in a neutral zone on stage eight on Monday. Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin rejected X-raid's argument...

  • DAKAR: Sainz leads after shortened stage

    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Carlos Sainz has moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally, with victory on the shortened ninth stage around Belen. After becoming the first non-Peugeot driver to win a leg of the rally on Monday, Mini's Nasser Al-Attiyah maintained that pace early on Tuesday. The Qatari led by 10 seconds at the first control point, but his closest challenge came from Leeroy Poulter in a Toyota rather than any of th...

  • WRC: Hyundai denies team status controversy

    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Hyundai World Rally Championship team principal Michel Nandan has warned against creating a team status controversy over the decision to put forward Dani Sordo as its "nominated driver" for 2016. FIA regulations stipulate that each registered WRC manufacturer must give the name of one driver who will tackle at least 10 of the 14 rounds. Hyundai went with Sordo over Thierry Neuville, who finished ...

  • Loeb: Dakar hopes 'finished' after crash

    Monday, 11 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb says his quest to win the Dakar Rally on debut is "finished after rolling during the eighth stage. The nine-time WRC champion started Monday's running at the top of the standings, but finished it in eighth place after losing more than one hour. DAILY REPORT: Al-Attiyah wins for Mini, Loeb crashes and loses lead Loeb, who had led at the end of five of the first seven days of competi...

  • DAKAR: Al-Attiyah wins stage, Loeb loses hour

    Monday, 11 January 2016

    Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed Mini's first stage victory of the 2016 Dakar Rally, as Sebastien Loeb lost one hour and the lead after rolling. With competitors getting their first proper taste of Dakar dunes as the event entered its second week , Al-Attiyah was the dominant force between Salta and Belen. He was more than one minute faster than Loeb through to the first control point, and two minutes c...

  • DAKAR: Loeb retakes lead, Sainz wins

    Saturday, 09 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb retook the lead of the Dakar Rally on Saturday, while his Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz claimed stage honors. The Uyuni-Salta stage was split into two parts, with the cars crossing the border from Bolivia to Argentina through a neutral section in the middle. At the start of the neutral section Loeb enjoyed a lead of more than two minutes over Sainz, with overnight rally leader Step...

  • DAKAR: Loeb loses lead to Peterhansel

    Friday, 08 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel took the lead of the Dakar Rally from Sebastien Loeb on Friday, winning stage six and outpacing the World Rally legend by more than eight minutes. Loeb carried a 7m48s lead into the Uyuni stage, but after matching Peugeot team-mate Peterhansel through the early waypoints, he started losing time shortly before the halfway mark. Loeb appeared to be limiting the damage to less t...

  • DAKAR: Loeb's lead grows with another win

    Thursday, 07 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb extended his lead in the Dakar Rally to nearly eight minutes with another stage victory on Thursday. The nine-time World Rally champion beat Peugeot teammate and fellow WRC legend Carlos Sainz by 22 seconds to win the Jujuy-Uyuni stage, but crucially for the overall standings he outpaced Stephane Peterhansel by three minutes through the 200-mile test. Loeb enjoyed an advantage over...

  • DAKAR: Peterhansel fastest as Loeb keeps lead

    Wednesday, 06 January 2016

    Stephane Peterhansel led a Peugeot lockout of the top three places on stage four of the Dakar Rally, while Sebastien Loeb retained his lead in the overall standings. Dakar legend Peterhansel made a flying start to the 266-mile Juy Juy stage, passing the first checkpoint more than one minute faster than Loeb and 2015 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, who were tied on the same time at that point. While Al-...

  • DAKAR: Loeb extends lead with second stage win

    Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb extended his Dakar Rally lead by claiming a second consecutive stage win on the run from Termas de Rio Hondo to Jujuy on Tuesday. The stage was again shortened due to heavy rain, with the timed section beginning after what should have been checkpoint one, reducing it from 195 miles to 120, and the truck section abandoned when part of the course collapsed. Loeb repeated his Monday f...

  • Loeb wanted 2016 WRC return

    Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb has revealed he intended to return to the World Rally Championship in 2016 before Citroen "closed the door." Prior to being dropped by the marque with which he won his nine WRC titles, Loeb was looking at a third and final World Touring Car Championship season with the chance of some parallel development work readying Citroen's all-new C3 WRC for 2017. He also wanted to contest som...

  • DAKAR: Loeb takes lead on stage two

    Monday, 04 January 2016

    Sebastien Loeb took the lead of his first Dakar Rally by winning the first full stage of the 2016 event on Monday. After Sunday's stage was canceled due to poor weather, continued heavy rain meant the competitive element of Monday's run from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Rio Hondo was reduced from the planned 317 miles to 240. Loeb was quickest through every checkpoint and won the stage by 2m23s ...

  • First full Dakar Rally stage canceled

    Sunday, 03 January 2016

    The first full stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally has been canceled due to heavy rain that has flooded parts of the stage from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz. Event organizers were expecting poor weather on Sunday, but the storms that hit the area of the stage were heavier than expected. While the stage start was delayed several times in the hope of conditions improving, it was eventually declared that t...

  • Spectators hit in Dakar opener crash

    Saturday, 02 January 2016

    The Dakar Rally's Prologue was halted by an accident involving four spectators on Saturday evening. The bystanders were struck by the X-raid Mini of Chinese Dakar debutant Guo Meiling when it went off the road just past the halfway point. Organisers neutralized the rest of the stage while emergency crews attended the scene. An ASO statement said: "The organizers immediately deployed all resources...

  • Ten Brinke sets Dakar Rally Prologue pace

    Saturday, 02 January 2016

    Dutch driver Bernhard Ten Brinke took a surprise early Dakar Rally lead by topping the event's new Prologue stage on Saturday. The primary purpose of the seven-mile test near Buenos Aires was to set the starting order for when the proper stages begin on Sunday, although the Prologue times still count towards the overall result. Ten Brinke upstaged the bigger names to set a time of 6m08s in his Ov...

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