Motorsport in Peru: Al-Attiyah takes overall victory at Dakar rally


    Nasser Al-Attiyah has topped for the third Time to the king of the Dakar rally. The 48-year-old Pilot from Qatar, it was not catch up with co-driver Matthieu Baumel at the last stage on the Thursday of the competition. Al-Attiyah won the gruelling off-road adventure through Peru for the third Time after 2011 and 2015, and gave Toyota the first win as a manufacturer.

    The driver from Qatar was started with a comfortable lead of more than 51 minutes in the final period. In the end, Al-Attiyah more than 46 minutes ahead of Second-placed Nani Roma (Mini) was from Spain. Third-party when 41. Edition of the Dakar, Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, who went together with his co-driver Daniel Elena for the private Team PH Sport at the Start. Thus, the nine-time world rally champion celebrated his fourth participation at the classic that has always challenged people’s lives, not the longed-for Triumph.

    The tenth stage after 112 kilometres of the special stage from Pisco back in the capital, Lima, the Spanish last year secured winner Carlos Sainz, Hessen, Mini X-Raid Team overall. The South African Giniel de Villiers took third place with his German co-pilot Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota) and ninth place in the overall standings. Ten years ago, the Duo had won the adventure by Sand and desert.

    The Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, with 13 record winners since 2009, with South America leading the Dakar rally, had to retire after the penultimate stage, as his co-driver David Castera in an accident with the Mini had injured.