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The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, races since 2009 have been held in South America.[1][2][3] The race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs typically making up about eighty percent of the participants.

Dakar Rally
Dakar Rally.jpg
CategoryRally raid
RegionEurope and Africa (1979–2007)
South America (2009–2019)
Arabian Peninsula (2020–)
Inaugural season1979
Drivers' championQatar Nasser Al-Attiyah (Cars)
Australia Toby Price (Bikes)
Russia Eduard Nikolaev (Trucks)
Argentina Nicolas Cavigliasso (Quads)
Chile Francisco "Chaleco" López (UTV)
Constructors' championToyota (Cars)
KTM (Bikes)
Peugeot (Cars)
Kamaz (Trucks)
Yamaha (ATV/Quads)
Can-Am (UTV)
Official websitewww.Dakar.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
Countries the rally has been through from 1979 to 2007 (orange countries were only travelled through in the 1992 race to Cape Town).
Countries through which the Dakar Rally has been from 2009 to 2018 since it was moved from the previous Paris-Dakar route due to security concerns. Cities included are major start/end points.
2011 Dakar Rally personal main prize (trucks T4)
Cars on display in 1993 in Paris
Toyota, 1993 in Paris
A support truck during the 2004 Dakar
Tracks through the desert

The race is an off-road endurance event. The terrain that the competitors traverse is much tougher than that used in conventional rallying, and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than modified on-road vehicles. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks, and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres (500–560 mi) per day.

HistoryEdit

The race originated in December 1977, a year after Thierry Sabine got lost in the Ténéré desert whilst competing in the Abidjan-Nice rally and decided that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally.[4] 182 vehicles took the start of the inaugural rally in Paris, with 74 surviving the 10,000-kilometre (6,200 mi) trip to the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Cyril Neveu holds the distinction of being the event's first winner, riding a Yamaha motorcycle. The event rapidly grew in popularity, with 216 vehicles taking the start in 1980 and 291 in 1981.[5] Neveu won the event for a second time in 1980, Hubert Auriol taking honours in 1981 for BMW. By this stage, the rally had already begun to attract the participation of famous names from elsewhere in motorsport, such as Henri Pescarolo and Jacky Ickx.

Now boasting 382 competitors, more than double the amount that took the start in 1979, Neveu won the event for a third time in 1982, this time riding a Honda motorcycle, while victory in the car class went to the Marreau brothers, driving a privately entered Renault 20, whose buccaneering exploits seemed to perfectly capture the spirit of the early years of the rally. Auriol captured his second bikes class victory in 1983, the first year that Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi competed in the rally, beginning an association that would last all the way until 2009.

At the behest of 1983 car class winner Jacky Ickx, Porsche entered the Dakar in 1984, with the total number of entries now at 427.[5] The German marque won the event at their first attempt courtesy of René Metge, who had previously won in the car category in 1981, whilst Ickx finished sixth. Gaston Rahier meanwhile continued BMW's success in the motorcycle category with back-to-back wins in 1984 and 1985, the year of Mitsubishi's first victory of 12 in the car category, Patrick Zaniroli taking the spoils. The 1986 event, won by Metge and Neveu, was marred by the death of event founder Sabine in a helicopter crash, his father Gilbert taking over organisation of the rally.

Peugeot and Citroën dominationEdit

The 1987 rally marked the start of an era of increased official factory participation in the car category, as French manufacturer Peugeot arrived and won the event with former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen. The 1987 event was also notable for a ferocious head-to-head duel between Neveu and Auriol in the motorcycle category, the former taking his fifth victory after Auriol was forced to drop out of the rally after breaking both ankles in a fall.[5] The 1988 event reached its zenith in terms of entry numbers, with 603 starters. Vatanen's title defence was derailed when his Peugeot was stolen from the service area at Bamako. Though it was later found, Vatanen was subsequently disqualified from the event, victory instead going to compatriot and teammate Juha Kankkunen.[5]

Peugeot and Vatanen returned to winning ways in 1989 and 1990, the latter marking Peugeot's final year of rally competition before switching to the World Sportscar Championship. Sister brand Citroën took Peugeot's place, Vatanen taking a third consecutive victory in 1991. The 1991 event also saw Stéphane Peterhansel take his first title in the motorcycle category with Yamaha, marking the beginning of an era of domination by the Frenchman.

For the 1992 event, the finish line moved to Cape Town, South Africa in a bid to combat a declining number of competitors, where GPS technology was used for the first time.[5] Auriol became the first person to win in multiple classes after taking Mitsubishi's second victory in the car class, while Peterhansel successfully defended his motorcycle category title. The 1993 rally entry list slumped to 153 competitors, around half of the preceding year's figure and around a quarter of that of 1988. The event was the last to be organised by Gilbert Sabine and the Amaury Sport Organisation took over the following year. With the finish line now back in its traditional location of Dakar, Bruno Saby won a third title for Mitsubishi and Peterhansel took a third straight success in the motorcycle category.

The 1994 event returned to Paris after reaching Dakar, resulting in a particularly grueling event. Pierre Lartigue took Citroën's second win in acrimonious circumstances, as Mitsubishi's leading drivers were forced to withdraw from exhaustion after traversing some particularly demanding sand dunes in the Mauritanian desert that the Citroen crews had opted to skip.[6] Peterhansel's did not compete due to a disagreement between Yamaha and the race organizers over the regulations. Edi Orioli claimed a third title in the bikes category.[5] The 1995 and 1996 events begin in the Spanish city of Granada, with Lartigue racking up wins for Citroen in both years. Peterhansel returned to take a fourth bikes category win in 1995, but lost to Orioli in 1996 because of refuelling problems.[5]

Mitsubishi in the ascendancyEdit

The 1997 rally ran exclusively in Africa for the first time, with the route running from Dakar to Agadez, Niger and back to Dakar. Citroen's withdrawal due to a rule change paved the way for Mitsubishi to take a fourth victory. Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka became the first non-European to win the event. Peterhansel equalled Neveu's record of five motorcycle category wins in 1997, before going one better in 1998, when the event returned to its traditional Paris-Dakar route. 1998, Dakar veteran Jean-Pierre Fontenay posted another win for Mitsubishi in the car class.

1999 started in Granada and a maiden success for erstwhile Formula One and sports car driver Jean-Louis Schlesser, who had been constructing his own buggies since 1992. With the help of Renault backing, Schlesser overcame the works Mitsubishi and Nissan crews to win, whilst Peterhansel's decision to switch to the car category allowed Richard Sainct to take BMW's first title in the bikes category since 1985. Schlesser and Sainct both successfully defended their titles in 2000, traversing the route from Dakar to the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

2001 was the final time that the rally used the familiar Paris-Dakar route, and was notable for Mitsubishi's Jutta Kleinschmidt, as she was the first woman to win the rally - albeit only after Schlesser was penalised one hour for unsportsmanlike conduct.[7] Fabrizio Meoni took the first Dakar win for Austrian manufacturer KTM, beginning a winning streak that has lasted until the present day. The 2002 began in the French town of Arras and long-time Dakar participant Hiroshi Masuoka won the event for Mitsubishi (Masouka had led for much of the previous year's rally.) The 2003 rally featured an unorthodox route from Marseille to Sharm El Sheikh. Masuoka defend his title after teammate and long-time leader Peterhansel was plagued by mechanical problems in the penultimate stage.[8] Sainct meanwhile took honours in the motorcycle category, the third title for both him and KTM.

Security concernsEdit

The mid-2000s saw the Dakar Rally reach the height of its popularity.[citation needed] The entry list by 2004 increased to 595, up from 358 in 2001, with a record 688 competitors starting in 2005.[5] Alongside Mitsubishi and Nissan, Volkswagen now boasted a full factory effort, while Schlesser's Ford-powered buggies and BMWs of the German X-raid team proved thorns in the side of the big budget works teams. The 2004 route was from Clermont-Ferrand to Dakar, and was the year Peterhansel emulated Hubert Auriol's feat of winning the rally on both two wheels and four. The Frenchman defended his title in 2005, when the rally began for the first time in Barcelona. In the bikes category, KTM continued their success with Nani Roma in 2004, who switched to the car category the following year, and Cyril Despres in 2005.

The 2006 event moved to Lisbon. Nissan pulled out having failed to provide effective opposition to Mitsubishi, who took a sixth consecutive victory, this time with former skiing champion Luc Alphand after Peterhansel committed a series of errors late in the rally.[9] Peterhansel made amends in 2007, however, taking his third title in the car category for Mitsubishi after a close contest with Alphand after the increasingly competitive Volkswagens retired with mechanical problems. In what would be the final African event of the Dakar, Despres took his second title in the bikes category, having conceded victory in 2006 to Marc Coma after suffering an injury.

The 2008 event, due to depart Lisbon as per the previous two years, was cancelled on 4 January 2008 amid fears of terrorist attacks in Mauritania, causing serious doubts over the future of the rally. Chile and Argentina offered to host subsequent events,[10][11] an offer later accepted by the ASO.[12] The ASO also decided to establish the Dakar Series competition, whose first event was the 2008 Central Europe Rally, located in Hungary and Romania, which acted as a replacement for the cancelled 2008 edition of the Dakar.

South AmericaEdit

The 2009 event, the first held in South America with a respectable entry of 501, saw Volkswagen finally take its first win in the Dakar as a works entrant courtesy of Giniel de Villiers. Teammate and former WRC champion Carlos Sainz had been leading comfortably until crashing out,[13] but seized the opportunity to win the event in 2010. After a poor showing in 2009, Mitsubishi withdrew from the competition and left Volkswagen as the sole works entrant. The German marque duly won the race for a third time in 2011, this time with Nasser Al-Attiyah, before they withdrew to focus on their upcoming WRC entry and leaving the Dakar with no factory participants in the car class. In the bikes, Despres and Coma stretched KTM's incredible unbroken run of success. Both tied on three victories apiece after Coma's third win in 2011.

In the 2012 rally, the X-raid team came to the fore, now using Minis in lieu of BMWs. Peterhansel had joined the team in 2010 after Mitsubishi's departure, but had been unable to challenge the Volkswagen drivers. Following Volkswagen's withdrawal, Peterhansel was able to secure his fourth win in the car category and his tenth in total, his main opposition coming from within his own team. Peterhansel successfully defended his title in 2013 as the Damen Jefferies buggies of Sainz and Al-Attiyah failed to last the distance. Despres also racked up a further two wins for KTM in the bikes class in 2012 and 2013, bringing his tally to five, aided by Coma's absence due to injury in the latter year. Coma struck back on his return to the Dakar in 2014, taking a comfortable fourth title and a 13th in succession for KTM, whilst Nani Roma emulated Auriol and Peterhansel by taking his maiden title in the cars class a decade on from his victory on two wheels - albeit only after team orders by X-raid slowed down Peterhansel.[14]

Peugeot returned for the 2015 event with an all-new, diesel-powered, two-wheel drive contender, but failed to make an impact as X-raid's Minis once more dominated. Al-Attiyah won the event in his second year for the team, while Coma racked up a fifth title in the bikes after the defection of long-time rival Despres to the car class and Peugeot. Peugeot did however see success in 2016 with Peterhansel behind the wheel, racking up his 6th win in the car category, and again in 2017 and 2018 until Peugeot decide to officially leave the competition. In 2019 Toyota won for the first time with Nasser Al-Attiyah (in his third victory with three different manufacturers). The bike category saw the KTM works team rider, Australian Toby Price, take his first Dakar victory, winning his second title in 2019. Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner won the 2017 and 2018 edition also for the team from Mattighofen (18 overall victories as in 2019).

Vehicles and classesEdit

The five competitive groups in the Dakar are the motorcycles, quads, the cars class (which ranges from buggies to small SUVs), UTVs, and the trucks class. Many vehicle manufacturers use the rally's harsh environment as both a testing ground and an opportunity to show off their vehicles' durability—though, in fact, most vehicles are heavily modified or purpose-built.

MotorbikesEdit

As of 2011, the engine capacity limit for all motorbikes competing in the Dakar Rally is 450cc. Engines may be either single or twin cylinder. Riders are divided into two groups, "Elite" (Group 1) and Non-Elite (Group 2), with the latter subdivided into two further groups - the "Super Production" (Group 2.1) and "Marathon" (Group 2.2) classes. "Marathon" competitors are not permitted to change such key components as the engine (including the engine case, cylinders and cylinder heads), the frame, the forks or swinging arm, whereas those in the "Super Production" and "Elite" classes may replace these components.[15]

KTM has dominated the motorcycle class in recent years, although Honda, Yamaha, Sherco, Husqvarna, and Gas Gas also compete currently. BMW and Cagiva have also enjoyed success in the past.

QuadsEdit

Prior to 2009, Quads were a subdivision of the motorbike category, but they were granted their own separate classification in 2009 and are designated Group 3 in the current regulations. They are divided into two subgroups - Group 3.1, which features two-wheel drive quads with a single cylinder engine with a maximum capacity of 750cc, and Group 3.2, which permits four-wheel drive quads with a maximum engine capacity of 900cc, in either single or twin cylinder layout.[15]

Yamaha are unbeaten in the Quad category since 2009, with their main current opposition coming courtesy of Honda and Can-Am.

For the 2017 rally the SSV category was added which is defined as four-wheel side-by-side vehicles with 1000 cc maximum displacement.[16]

CarsEdit

The car class is made up of vehicles weighing less than 3,500 kg (7,716 lb), which are subdivided into several categories. The T1 Group is made up of "Improved Cross-Country Vehicles", subdivided according to engine type (petrol or diesel) and drive type (two-wheel or four-wheel drive). The T2 Group is made up of "Cross-Country Series Production Vehicles", which are subdivided into petrol and diesel categories, while the T3 Group is for "Light Vehicles". There is also an "Open" category catering for vehicles conforming to SCORE regulations.[17]

Mini have been the most successful marque in the car category in recent years, thanks to the efforts of the non-factory X-raid team, with limited involvement currently coming from Toyota, Ford and Haval. Several constructors also produce bespoke buggies for the event, most notably SMG and Damen Jefferies.

Mitsubishi is historically the most successful manufacturer in the car class, with Volkswagen, Citroen, Peugeot and Porsche having all tasted success in the past with factory teams. Jean-Louis Schlesser has also won the event twice with his Renault-supported buggies. Factory teams from Nissan and SEAT have also won stages, as has BMW, courtesy of the X-raid team.

TrucksEdit

The Truck class (Group T4), first run as a separate category in 1980, is made up of vehicles weighing more than 3,500 kg (7,716 lb). Trucks participating in the competition are subdivided into "Series Production" trucks (T4.1) and "Modified" trucks (T4.2), whilst Group T4.3 (formerly known as T5) trucks are rally support trucks - meaning they travel from bivouac to bivouac to support the competition vehicles.[17] These were introduced to the rally in 1998. The truck event was not run in 1989 after it was decided the vehicles, by this stage with twin engines generating in excess of 1000 horsepower, were too dangerous following the death of a DAF crew member in an accident during the 1988 rally.[5]

Kamaz has dominated the truck category since the turn of the century, although it has come under increasing pressure from rivals such as Iveco, MAN, Renault, and Tatra, which enjoyed much success in the 1990s. Hino, DAF, Perlini, and Mercedes-Benz have also been among the winners in the past. In the 21st century Kamaz almost always won the truck class, winning fourteen out of eighteen times.

UTVsEdit

The UTVs class was introduced in 2017. Previously run under the car category as the T3 class, Side by Side (UTV) vehicles are now run under their own class in Dakar competition.

List of winnersEdit

Cars, bikes and trucksEdit

Year Route Cars Bikes Trucks
Driver
Co-driver
Make & model Rider Make & model Driver
Co-drivers
Make & model
2019 Lima
Lima
  Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Matthieu Baumel
Toyota Hilux Dakar   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz 43509
2018 Lima
La Paz
Córdoba
  Carlos Sainz
  Lucas Cruz
Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi   Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally Replica   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz 4326
2017 Asunción
La Paz
Buenos Aires
  Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Peugeot 3008 DKR   Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz 4326
2016 Buenos Aires
Salta-
Rosario
  Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Peugeot 2008 DKR   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally   Gerard de Rooy
  Moises Torrallardona
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco PowerStar
2015 Buenos Aires
Iquique-
Buenos Aires
  Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Matthieu Baumel
Mini All 4 Racing   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Ayrat Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Dmitriy Svistunov
Kamaz
2014 Rosario-
Salta
Valparaíso
  Nani Roma
  Michel Périn
Mini All 4 Racing   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Igor Devyatkin
Kamaz
2013 Lima
Tucumán
Santiago
  Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Mini All 4 Racing   Cyril Despres KTM 450 Rally   Eduard Nikolaev
  Sergey Savostin
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz
2012 Mar del Plata
Arica
Lima
  Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Mini All 4 Racing   Cyril Despres KTM 450 Rally   Gerard de Rooy
  Tom Colsoul
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco PowerStar
2011 Buenos Aires–
Arica–
Buenos Aires
  Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Timo Gottschalk
Volkswagen Race Touareg 3   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Vladimir Chagin
  Sergey Savostin
  Ildar Shaysultanov
Kamaz
2010 Buenos Aires–
Antofagasta
Buenos Aires
  Carlos Sainz
  Lucas Cruz
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Cyril Despres KTM 690 Rally   Vladimir Chagin
  Sergey Savostin
  Eduard Nikolaev
Kamaz
2009 Buenos Aires–
Valparaiso–
Buenos Aires
  Giniel de Villiers
  Dirk von Zitzewitz
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Marc Coma KTM 690 Rally   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz
2008 Not Held
2007 LisbonDakar   Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Cyril Despres KTM 690 Rally   Hans Stacey
  Charly Gotlib
  Bernard der Kinderen
MAN TGA
2006 Lisbon–Dakar   Luc Alphand
  Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Marc Coma KTM LC4 660R   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz
2005 Barcelona–Dakar   Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Cyril Despres KTM LC4 660R   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz
2004 Clermont-Ferrand
Dakar
  Stéphane Peterhansel
  Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Nani Roma KTM LC4 660R   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz
2003 Marseille
Sharm el Sheikh
  Hiroshi Masuoka
  Andreas Schulz
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Richard Sainct KTM LC4 660R   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz
2002 ArrasMadrid
Dakar
  Hiroshi Masuoka
  Pascal Maimon
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC8 950R   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz
2001 Paris–Dakar   Jutta Kleinschmidt
  Andreas Schulz
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC4 660R   Karel Loprais
  Josef Kalina
  Petr Hamerla
Tatra 815
2000 Dakar–Cairo   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Henri Magne
Buggy Schlesser   Richard Sainct BMW F650RR   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz
1999 Granada–Dakar   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Philippe Monnet
Buggy Schlesser   Richard Sainct BMW F650RR   Karel Loprais
  Radomir Stachura
  Josef Kalina
Tatra 815
1998 Paris–Granada–
Dakar
  Jean-Pierre Fontenay
  Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE850T   Karel Loprais
  Radomir Stachura
  Jan Cermak
Tatra 815
1997 Dakar–Agades
Dakar
  Kenjiro Shinozuka
  Henri Magne
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE850T   Peter Reif
  Johann Deinhofer
Hino
1996 Granada–Dakar   Pierre Lartigue
  Michel Périn
Citroën ZX   Edi Orioli Yamaha YZE850T   Viktor Moskovskikh
  Anatoli Kouzmine
  Nail Bagavetdinov
Kamaz
1995 Granada–Dakar   Pierre Lartigue
  Michel Périn
Citroën ZX   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE850T   Karel Loprais
  Radomir Stachura
  Tomas Tomecek
Tatra 815
1994 Paris–Dakar–Paris   Pierre Lartigue
  Michel Périn
Citroën ZX   Edi Orioli Cagiva Elefant 900   Karel Loprais
  Radomir Stachura
  Josef Kalina
Tatra 815
1993 Paris–Dakar   Bruno Saby
  Dominique Serieys
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE850T   Francesco Perlini
  Giorgio Albiero
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini
1992 Paris–Sirte
Cape Town
  Hubert Auriol
  Philippe Monnet
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE850T   Francesco Perlini
  Giorgio Albiero
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini
1991 Paris–Tripoli
Dakar
  Ari Vatanen
  Bruno Berglund
Citroën ZX   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE750T   Jacques Houssat
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Danilo Bottaro
Perlini
1990 Paris–Tripoli–
Dakar
  Ari Vatanen
  Bruno Berglund
Peugeot 405 T16   Edi Orioli Cagiva Elefant 900   Giorgio Villa
  Giorgio Delfino
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini
1989 Paris–Tunis–Dakar   Ari Vatanen
  Bruno Berglund
Peugeot 405 T16   Gilles Lalay Honda NXR800V Not held
1988 Paris–Alger–Dakar   Juha Kankkunen
  Juha Piironen
Peugeot 205 T16   Edi Orioli Honda NXR800V   Karel Loprais
  Radomir Stachura
  Tomas Muck
Tatra 815
1987 Paris-Alger–Dakar   Ari Vatanen
  Bernard Giroux
Peugeot 205 T16   Cyril Neveu Honda NXR750V   Jan de Rooy
  Yvo Geusens
  Theo van de Rijt
DAF
1986 Paris-Alger–Dakar   René Metge
  Dominique Lemoyne
Porsche 959   Cyril Neveu Honda NXR750V   Giacomo Vismara
  Giulio Minelli
Mercedes-Benz
1985 Paris-Alger–Dakar   Patrick Zaniroli
  Jean Da Silva
Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution   Gaston Rahier BMW R80G/S   Karl-Friedrich Capito
  Jost Capito
  Klaus Schweikarl
Mercedes-Benz 1936 AK
1984 Paris-Alger–Dakar   René Metge
  Dominique Lemoyne
Porsche 911 (953)   Gaston Rahier BMW R80G/S   Pierre Laleu
  Daniel Durce
  Patrick Venturini
Mercedes-Benz 1936 AK
1983 Paris-Alger–Dakar   Jacky Ickx
  Claude Brasseur
Mercedes 280 GE   Hubert Auriol BMW R80G/S   Georges Groine
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Bernard Malferiol
Mercedes-Benz 1936 AK
1982 Paris-Alger–Dakar   Claude Marreau
  Bernard Marreau
Renault 20   Cyril Neveu Honda XR550   Georges Groine
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Bernard Malferiol
Mercedes-Benz U 1700L
1981 Paris–Dakar   René Metge
  Bernard Giroux
Range Rover   Hubert Auriol BMW R80G/S   Adrien Villette
  Henri Gabrelle
  Alain Voillereau
ALM/ACMAT
1980 Paris–Dakar   Freddy Kottulinsky
  Gerd Löffelmann
Volkswagen Iltis   Cyril Neveu Yamaha XT500   Zohra Ataouat
  Hadj Daou Boukrif
  Mahiedine Kaloua
Sonacome
1979 Paris–Dakar   Alain Génestier
  Joseph Terbiaut
  Jean Lemordant
Range Rover   Cyril Neveu Yamaha XT500   Jean-François Dunac
  Jean-Pierre Chapel
  François Beau
Pinzgauer

Quads and UTVsEdit

Year Route Quads UTV's
Rider Make & model Driver
Co-drivers
Make & model
2019 Lima
Lima
  Nicolas Cavigliasso Yamaha Raptor 700R   Francisco "Chaleco" López
  Alvaro Quintanilla
Can-Am
2018 Lima
La Paz
Córdoba
  Ignacio Casale Yamaha Raptor 700   Reinaldo Varela
  Gustavo Gugelmin
Can-Am
2017 Asunción
La Paz
Buenos Aires
  Sergey Karyakin Yamaha Raptor 700   Leandro Torres
  Lourival Roldan
Polaris RZR 1000 XP
2016 Buenos Aires
Salta-
Rosario
  Marcos Patronelli Yamaha Not held
2015 Buenos Aires
Iquique-
Buenos Aires
  Rafał Sonik Yamaha
2014 Rosario-
Salta
Valparaíso
  Ignacio Casale Yamaha
2013 Lima
Tucumán
Santiago
  Marcos Patronelli Yamaha
2012 Mar del Plata
Arica
Lima
  Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha Raptor 700
2011 Buenos Aires–
Arica–
Buenos Aires
  Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha
2010 Buenos Aires–
Antofagasta
Buenos Aires
  Marcos Patronelli Yamaha
2009 Buenos Aires–
Valparaiso–
Buenos Aires
  Josef Macháček Yamaha

Source:[18]

PodiumEdit

CarsEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Driver Car Driver Car Driver Car
1979   Alain Génestier Range Rover V8   Claude Marreau Renault 4 Sinpar   Cesare Giraudo Fiat Campagnola
1980   Freddy Kottulinsky Volkswagen Iltis   Patrick Zaniroli Volkswagen Iltis   Claude Marreau Renault 4 Sinpar
1981   René Metge Range Rover V8   Hervé Cotel Buggy Cotel   Jean-Claude Briavoine Lada Niva
1982   Claude Marreau Renault 20 Turbo   Jean-Claude Briavoine Lada Niva   Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Mercedes 280 GE
1983   Jacky Ickx Mercedes 280 GE   André Trossat Lada Niva   Pierre Lartigue Range Rover V8
1984   René Metge Porsche 911   Patrick Zaniroli Range Rover V8   Andrew Cowan Mitsubishi Pajero
1985   Patrick Zaniroli Mitsubishi Pajero   Andrew Cowan Mitsubishi Pajero   Pierre Fougerouse Toyota FJ 60
1986   René Metge Porsche 959   Jacky Ickx Porsche 959   Pascal Rigal Mitsubishi Pajero
1987   Ari Vatanen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   Patrick Zaniroli Range Rover V8   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero
1988   Juha Kankkunen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero   Patrick Tambay Range Rover V8
1989   Ari Vatanen Peugeot 405 Turbo 16   Jacky Ickx Peugeot 405 Turbo 16   Patrick Tambay Mitsubishi Pajero
1990   Ari Vatanen Peugeot 405 Turbo 16   Björn Waldegård Peugeot 405 Turbo 16   Alain Ambrosino Peugeot 405 Turbo 16
1991   Ari Vatanen Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Pierre Lartigue Peugeot 405 Turbo 16   Jean Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero
1992   Hubert Auriol Mitsubishi Pajero   Erwin Weber Mitsubishi Pajero   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero
1993   Bruno Saby Mitsubishi Pajero   Pierre Lartigue Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Hubert Auriol Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid
1994   Pierre Lartigue Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Hubert Auriol Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Philippe Wambergue Buggy Bourgo
1995   Pierre Lartigue Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Bruno Saby Mitsubishi Pajero   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero
1996   Pierre Lartigue Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Philippe Wambergue Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid   Jean Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero
1997   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero   Jean-Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero   Bruno Saby Mitsubishi Pajero
1998   Jean-Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero   Bruno Saby Mitsubishi Pajero
1999   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser   Miguel Prieto Mitsubishi Pajero   Jutta Kleinschmidt Mitsubishi Pajero
2000   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser   Stéphane Peterhansel Mega Desert   Jean-Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero
2001   Jutta Kleinschmidt Mitsubishi Pajero   Hiroshi Masuoka Mitsubishi Pajero   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser
2002   Hiroshi Masuoka Mitsubishi Pajero   Jutta Kleinschmidt Mitsubishi Pajero   Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Pajero
2003   Hiroshi Masuoka Mitsubishi Pajero   Jean-Pierre Fontenay Mitsubishi Pajero   Stéphane Peterhansel Mitsubishi Pajero
2004   Stéphane Peterhansel Mitsubishi Pajero   Hiroshi Masuoka Mitsubishi Pajero   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser
2005   Stéphane Peterhansel Mitsubishi Pajero   Luc Alphand Mitsubishi Pajero   Jutta Kleinschmidt Volkswagen Race Touareg 2
2006   Luc Alphand Mitsubishi Pajero   Giniel de Villiers Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Nani Roma Mitsubishi Pajero
2007   Stéphane Peterhansel Mitsubishi Pajero   Luc Alphand Mitsubishi Pajero   Jean-Louis Schlesser Buggy Schlesser
2008 Rally not held
2009   Giniel de Villiers Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Mark Miller Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Robby Gordon Hummer H3
2010   Carlos Sainz Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Nasser Al-Attiyah Volkswagen Race Touareg 2   Mark Miller Volkswagen Race Touareg 2
2011   Nasser Al-Attiyah Volkswagen Race Touareg 3   Giniel de Villiers Volkswagen Race Touareg 3   Carlos Sainz Volkswagen Race Touareg 3
2012   Stéphane Peterhansel Mini All4 Racing   Nani Roma Mini All4 Racing   Giniel de Villiers Toyota Hilux Dakar
2013   Stéphane Peterhansel Mini All4 Racing   Giniel de Villiers Toyota Hilux Dakar   Leonid Novitskiy Mini All4 Racing
2014   Nani Roma Mini All4 Racing   Stéphane Peterhansel Mini All4 Racing   Nasser Al-Attiyah Mini All4 Racing
2015   Nasser Al-Attiyah Mini All4 Racing   Giniel de Villiers Toyota Hilux Dakar   Krzysztof Hołowczyc Mini All4 Racing
2016   Stéphane Peterhansel Peugeot 2008 DKR   Nasser Al-Attiyah Mini All4 Racing   Giniel de Villiers Toyota Hilux Dakar
2017   Stéphane Peterhansel Peugeot 3008 DKR   Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 3008 DKR   Cyril Despres Peugeot 3008 DKR
2018   Carlos Sainz Peugeot 3008 DKR   Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Hilux Dakar   Giniel de Villiers Toyota Hilux Dakar
2019   Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Hilux Dakar   Nani Roma Mini All4 Racing   Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 3008 DKR

BikesEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Driver Bike Driver Bike Driver Bike
1979   Cyril Neveu Yamaha XT 500   Gilles Comte Yamaha XT 500   Philippe Vassard Honda XL 250
1980   Cyril Neveu Yamaha XT 500   Michel Merel Yamaha XT 500   Jean-Noël Pineau Yamaha XT 500
1981   Hubert Auriol BMW R80 G/S   Serge Bacou Yamaha XT 500   Michel Merel Yamaha XT 500
1982   Cyril Neveu Honda XR 550   Philippe Vassard Honda XR 550   Grégoire Verhaeghe Barigo 500
1983   Hubert Auriol BMW R80 G/S   Patrick Drobecq Honda XR 600   Marc Joineau Suzuki DR 500
1984   Gaston Rahier BMW R80 G/S   Hubert Auriol BMW R80 G/S   Philippe Vassard Honda XLR 600
1985   Gaston Rahier BMW R80 G/S   Jean-Claude Olivier Yamaha 660 Proto   Franco Picco Yamaha 600 XT
1986   Cyril Neveu Honda NXR 780   Gilles Lalay Honda NXR 780   Andrea Balestrieri Honda XL 600
1987   Cyril Neveu Honda NXR 750   Edi Orioli Honda XL 600   Gaston Rahier BMW R80 GS
1988   Edi Orioli Honda NXR 800V   Franco Picco Yamaha YZE 750   Gilles Lalay Honda NXR 750
1989   Gilles Lalay Honda NXR 800V   Franco Picco Yamaha YZE 750   Marc Morales Honda NXR 750
1990   Edi Orioli Cagiva Elefant 900   Carlos Mas Yamaha YZE 750   Alessandro De Petri Cagiva Elefant 900
1991   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 750T   Gilles Lalay Yamaha YZE 750T   Thierry Magnaldi Yamaha YZE 750T
1992   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 850T   Danny LaPorte Cagiva Elefant 900   Jordi Arcarons Cagiva Elefant 900
1993   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 850T   Thierry Charbonnier Yamaha YZE 850T   Jordi Arcarons Yamaha YZE 850T
1994   Edi Orioli Cagiva Elefant 900   Jordi Arcarons Cagiva Elefant 900   Fabrizio Meoni Honda EXP-2
1995   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 850T   Jordi Arcarons Cagiva Elefant 900   Edi Orioli Cagiva Elefant 900
1996   Edi Orioli Yamaha YZE 850T   Jordi Arcarons KTM LC4   Carlos Sotelo KTM LC4
1997   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 850T   Oscar Gallardo Cagiva Elefant 900   David Castera Yamaha YZE 850T
1998   Stéphane Peterhansel Yamaha YZE 850T   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC4   Andy Haydon KTM LC4
1999   Richard Sainct BMW F650 RR   Thierry Magnaldi KTM LC4   Alfie Cox KTM LC4
2000   Richard Sainct BMW F650 RR   Oscar Gallardo BMW F650 RR   Jimmy Lewis BMW R900 GS
2001   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC4 660R   Jordi Arcarons KTM LC4 660R   Carlo de Gavardo KTM LC4 660R
2002   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC8 950R   Alfie Cox KTM LC4 660R   Richard Sainct KTM LC4 660R
2003   Richard Sainct KTM LC4 660R   Cyril Despres KTM LC4 660R   Fabrizio Meoni KTM LC8 950R
2004   Nani Roma KTM LC4 660R   Richard Sainct KTM LC4 660R   Cyril Despres KTM LC4 660R
2005   Cyril Despres KTM LC4 660R   Marc Coma KTM LC4 660R   Alfie Cox KTM LC4 660R
2006   Marc Coma KTM LC4 660R   Cyril Despres KTM LC4 660R   Giovanni Sala KTM LC4 660R
2007   Cyril Despres KTM 690 Rally   David Casteu KTM 690 Rally   Chris Blais KTM 660 Rally
2008 Rally not held
2009   Marc Coma KTM 690 Rally   Cyril Despres KTM 690 Rally   David Frétigné Yamaha WR 450
2010   Cyril Despres KTM 690 Rally   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM 690 Rally   Francisco López Aprilia RXV 450
2011   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Cyril Despres KTM 450 Rally   Hélder Rodrigues Yamaha WR 450F
2012   Cyril Despres KTM 450 Rally   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Hélder Rodrigues Yamaha WR 450F
2013   Cyril Despres KTM 450 Rally   Ruben Faria KTM 450 Rally   Francisco López KTM 450 Rally
2014   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Jordi Viladoms KTM 450 Rally   Olivier Pain Yamaha WR 450F
2015   Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally   Paulo Gonçalves Honda CRF 450   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally
2016   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally   Štefan Svitko KTM 450 Rally   Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna FR 450
2017   Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally   Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally   Gerard Farrés KTM 450 Rally
2018   Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally   Kevin Benavides Honda CRF 450   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally
2019   Toby Price KTM 450 Rally   Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally   Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally

TrucksEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Truck Crew Truck Crew Truck
1979   Jean-François Dunac
  Jean-Pierre Chapel
  François Beau
Pinzgauer   Daniel Petit
  Françis Mare
UNIC   Alain Mekki
  Jean Neault
UNIC
1980   Zohra Ataouat
  Hadj Daou Boukrif
  Mahiedine Kaloua
Sonacome   Bernard Heu
  Daniel Delobel
  Gilbert Versino
MAN   Mokran Bouzid
  Daid
  Mekhelef
Sonacome
1981   Adrien Villette
  Henri Gabrelle
  Alain Voillereau
ALM-ACMAT   Jacques Briy
  Jean Salou
  Gustave Peu
Ford   Georges Groine
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Bernard Malferiol
Mercedes-Benz
1982   Georges Groine
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Bernard Malferiol
Mercedes-Benz   Pierre Laleu
  Bernard Langlois
Mercedes-Benz   Jan de Rooy
  Gérard Straetmans
DAF
1983   Georges Groine
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Bernard Malferiol
Mercedes-Benz   Hasse Henriksson
  Sture Bernhardsson
  John Granäng
Volvo C303   Jan de Rooy
  Joop Roggeband
  Yvo Geusens
DAF
1984   Pierre Laleu
  Daniel Durce
  Patrick Venturini
Mercedes-Benz   Paolo Bonera
  Valerio Grassi
  Paolo Travaglia
Mercedes-Benz   Henri Gabrelle
  Alain Voillereau
  Adolf Dirl
MAN
1985   Karl Friedrich Capito
  Jost Capito
  Klaus Schweikarl
Mercedes-Benz   Jan de Rooy
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Martinus Ketelaars
DAF   Karl Wilhelm Strohmann
  Volker Capito
  Heinz Schnepf
Mercedes-Benz
1986   Giacomo Vismara
  Giulio Minelli
Mercedes-Benz   Hans Heyer
  Winkler
MAN   Salvador Cañellas
  Ferran
Pegaso
1987   Jan de Rooy
  Geusens
DAF   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Jaroslav Krpec
Tatra   Jiří Moskal
  Jaroslav Joklík
  Pavel Záleský
LIAZ
1988   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Tomáš Mück
Tatra   Jiří Moskal
  František Vojtíšek
  Pavel Záleský
LIAZ   Lutz Bernau
  Bartman
  Kluge
Tatra
1989 Category not held
1990   Giorgio Villa
  Giorgio Delfino
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini   Jacques Houssat
  Thierry De Saulieu
  Danilo Bottaro
Perlini   Zdeněk Kahánek
  Jaroslav Krpec
  Havlík
Tatra
1991   Jacques Houssat
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Danilo Bottaro
Perlini   Joel Tammeka
  Juhan Anupõld
  Enno Piirsalu
Kamaz   Karel Loprais
  Josef Kalina
  Radomír Stachura
Tatra
1992   Francesco Perlini
  Giorgio Albiero
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini   Jacques Houssat
  Thierry de Saulieu
  Danilo Bottaro
Perlini   Karel Loprais
  Josef Kalina
  Radomír Stachura
Tatra
1993   Francesco Perlini
  Giorgio Albiero
  Claudio Vinante
Perlini   Jacques Houssat
Sarlieve
Diamante
Perlini   Gilbert Versino
Gimbre
Versino
Mercedes-Benz
1994   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Josef Kalina
Tatra   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Shibata
Hino   Jacques Marvy
  Pons
  Dujon
Perlini
1995   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Josef Kalina
Tatra   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Shibata
Hino   Vlastimil Buchtyár
  Milan Kořený
  Jaroslav Krpec
Tatra
1996   Viktor Moskovskikh
  Skikh
  Kouzmin
Kamaz   Karel Loprais
  Tomáš Tomeček
  Radomír Stachura
Tatra   Ladislav Fajtl
  Jiří Janoušek
 František Wurst
Tatra
1997   Peter Reif
  Johann Deinhofer Roth
Hino   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Naoko Matsumoto
  Katsumi Hamura
Hino   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Jean-Christophe Wagner
  Takeshi Hashimoto
Hino
1998   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Jan Čermák
Tatra   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Naoko Matsumoto
  Takashi Ushioda
Hino   Milan Kořený
  Jaroslav Lamač
  Martin Kahánek
Tatra
1999   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Josef Kalina
Tatra   Viktor Moskovskikh
  Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
Kamaz   André de Azevedo
  Tomáš Tomeček
  Leilane Neubarth
Tatra
2000   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz   Karel Loprais
  Radomír Stachura
  Petr Gilar
Tatra   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Vladimir Goloub
Kamaz
2001   Karel Loprais
  Josef Kalina
  Petr Hamerla
Tatra   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Seiichi Suzuki
  Teruhito Sugawara
Hino   Peter Reif
  Gunther Pichlbauer
  Holger Hermann Roth
MAN
2002   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz   Karel Loprais
  Josef Kalina
  Petr Hamerla
Tatra   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Naoko Matsumoto
  Seiichi Suzuki
Hino
2003   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz   André de Azevedo
  Tomáš Tomeček
  Jaromír Martinec
Tatra   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Ilgizar Mardeev
Kamaz
2004   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Dzhamil Kamalov
Kamaz   Gerard de Rooy
  Tom Colsoul
  Arno Slaats
DAF
2005   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz   Yoshimasa Sugawara
  Katsumi Hamura
Hino   Giacomo Vismara
  Mario Cambiaghi
  Claudio Bellina
Mercedes-Benz
2006   Vladimir Chagin
  Semen Yakubov
  Sergey Savostin
Kamaz   Hans Stacey
  Charly Gotlib
  Bernard der Kinderen
MAN   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz
2007   Hans Stacey
  Charly Gotlib
  Bernard der Kinderen
MAN   Ilgizar Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Eduard Nikolaev
Kamaz   Aleš Loprais
  Petr Gilar
Tatra
2008 Rally not held
2009   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz   Vladimir Chagin
  Sergey Savostin
  Eduard Nikolaev
Kamaz   Gerard de Rooy
  Tom Colsoul
  Marcel van Melis
GINAF
2010   Vladimir Chagin
  Sergey Savostin
  Eduard Nikolaev
Kamaz   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz   Marcel van Vliet
  Herman Vaanholt
  Gerard van Veenendaal
GINAF
2011   Vladimir Chagin
  Sergey Savostin
  Ildar Shaysultanov
Kamaz   Firdaus Kabirov
  Aydar Belyaev
  Andrey Mokeev
Kamaz   Eduard Nikolaev
  Viatcheslav Mizyukaev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz
2012   Gerard de Rooy
  Tom Colsoul
  Dariusz Rodewald
Iveco   Hans Stacey
  Hans van Goor
  Bernard der Kinderen
Iveco   Artur Ardavichus
  Alexey Kuzmich
  Nurlan Turlubaev
Kamaz
2013   Eduard Nikolaev
  Sergey Savostin
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz   Airat Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Anton Mirniy
Kamaz   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Igor Devyatkin
Kamaz
2014   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Igor Devyatkin
Kamaz   Gerard de Rooy
  Tom Colsoul
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco   Eduard Nikolaev
  Sergey Savostin
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz
2015   Airat Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Dmitriy Svistunov
Kamaz   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Igor Leonov
Kamaz
2016   Gerard de Rooy
  Moisès Torrallardona
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco   Airat Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Dmitriy Svistunov
Kamaz   Federico Villagra
  Jorge Pérez Companc
  Andrés Memi
Iveco
2017   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz   Dmitry Sotnikov
  Ruslan Akhmadeev
  Igor Leonov
Kamaz   Gerard de Rooy
  Moisès Torrallardona
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco
2018   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz   Siarhei Viazovich
  Pavel Haranin
  Andrei Zhyhulin
MAZ   Airat Mardeev
  Aydar Belyaev
  Dmitriy Svistunov
Kamaz
2019   Eduard Nikolaev
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Vladimir Rybakov
Kamaz   Dmitry Sotnikov
  Dmitry Nikitin
  Ilnur Mustafin
Kamaz   Gerard de Rooy
  Moisès Torrallardona
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco

QuadsEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Rider Quad Rider Quad Rider Quad
2009   Josef Macháček Yamaha   Marcos Patronelli Can-Am   Rafał Sonik Yamaha
2010   Marcos Patronelli Yamaha   Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha   Juan Manuel González Yamaha
2011   Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha   Sebastián Halpern Yamaha   Łukasz Łaskawiec Yamaha
2012   Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha   Marcos Patronelli Yamaha   Tomas Maffei Yamaha
2013   Marcos Patronelli Yamaha   Ignacio Casale Yamaha   Rafał Sonik Yamaha
2014   Ignacio Casale Yamaha   Rafał Sonik Yamaha   Sebastian Husseini Honda
2015   Rafał Sonik Yamaha   Jeremías González Yamaha   Walter Nosiglia Honda
2016   Marcos Patronelli Yamaha   Alejandro Patronelli Yamaha   Brian Baragwanath Yamaha
2017   Sergey Karyakin Yamaha   Ignacio Casale Yamaha   Pablo Copetti Yamaha
2018   Ignacio Casale Yamaha   Nicolás Cavigliasso Yamaha   Jeremías González Yamaha
2019   Nicolás Cavigliasso Yamaha   Jeremías González Yamaha   Gustavo Gallego Yamaha

UTVsEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew UTV Crew UTV Crew UTV
2017   Leandro Torres
  Lourival Roldan
Polaris   Wang Fujiang
  Li Wei
Polaris   Ravil Maganov
  Kirill Shubin
Polaris
2018   Reinaldo Varela
  Gustavo Gugelmin
Can-Am   Patrice Garrouste
  Steven Griener
Polaris   Claude Fournier [fr]
  Szymon Gospodarczyk
Polaris
2019   Francisco "Chaleco" López
  Alvaro Quintanilla
Can-Am   Gerard Farrés
  Daniel Oliveras
Can-Am   Reinaldo Varela
  Gustavo Gugelmin
Can-Am

RecordsEdit

Television coverageEdit

Over 190 different countries take the international feed of the event with a roundup of every day being made into a 26-minute programme. This has been commentated on by Toby Moody for ten years, and most recently Ben Constanduros.

The organisers provide 20 edit stations for various countries to produce their own programmes. There are four TV helicopters, six stage cameras, and three bivouac crews to make over 1,000 hours of TV over the two-week period. In the United States, coverage can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

A 2006 television documentary Race to Dakar described the experiences of a team, including the English actor Charley Boorman, in preparation for and entry into the 2006 Dakar Rally.

Video gamesEdit

IncidentsEdit

In 1982, Mark Thatcher, son of the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, along with his French co-driver Anne-Charlotte Verney and their mechanic, disappeared for six days. On 9 January the trio became separated from a convoy of vehicles after they stopped to make repairs to a faulty steering arm. They were declared missing on 12 January; after a large-scale search, a Lockheed L100 search plane from the Algerian military spotted their white Peugeot 504 some 50 kilometres (31 mi) off course. Thatcher, Verney, and the mechanic were all unharmed.

The organiser of the rally, Thierry Sabine, was killed when his Ecureuil helicopter ("Squirrel-copter") crashed at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 14 January 1986, into a dune at Mali during a sudden sand-storm. Also killed onboard was the singer-songwriter Daniel Balavoine, helicopter pilot François-Xavier Bagnoud, journalist Nathalie Odent, and Jean-Paul Lefur who was a radiophonic engineer for RTL.[19]

Six people were killed during the 1988 race, three participants and three local residents. In one incident, Baye Sibi, a 10-year-old Malian girl, was killed by a racer while she crossed a road. A film crew's vehicle killed a mother and daughter in Mauritania on the last day of the race. The race participants killed, in three separate crashes, were a Dutch navigator on the DAF Trucks team, a French privateer, and a French rider. Racers were also blamed for starting a wildfire that caused a panic on a train running between Dakar and Bamako, where three more people were killed.[20]

In 2003, French driver Daniel Nebot both rolled and crashed his Toyota heavily at high speed killing his co-driver Bruno Cauvy.[21][22] In 2005, Spanish motorcyclist José Manuel Pérez died in a Spanish hospital on Monday 10 January after crashing the week before on the 7th stage. Italian motorcyclist Fabrizio Meoni, a two-time winner of the event, became the second Dakar Rally rider to die in two days, following Pérez on 11 January on stage 11. Meoni was the 11th motorcyclist and the 45th person overall to die in the history of the race. On 13 January a five-year-old Senegalese girl was hit and killed by a service lorry after wandering onto a main road, bringing the total deaths to five.

In 2006, 41-year-old Australian KTM motorcyclist Andy Caldecott, in his third time in the Dakar, died on 9 January as a result of neck injuries sustained in a crash approximately 250 kilometres (160 mi) into stage 9, between Nouakchott and Kiffa, only a few kilometers (miles) from the location where Meoni had his fatal wreck the year before. He won the third stage of the 2006 event between Nador and Er Rachidia only a few days before his death. The death occurred despite efforts by the event organisers to improve competitor safety, including limiting speed, mandatory rest at fuel stops, and reduced fuel capacity requirements for the bike classes. On 13 January a 10-year-old boy died while crossing the course after being hit by a car driven by Latvian Māris Saukāns, while on 14 January a 12-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a support lorry.[23]

In 2007, 29-year-old South African motor racer Elmer Symons died of injuries sustained in a crash during the fourth stage of the Rally. Symons crashed with his bike in the desert between Er Rachidia and Ouarzazate, Morocco.[24] Another death occurred on 20 January, the night before the race's finish, when 42-year-old motorcyclist Eric Aubijoux died suddenly. The cause of death was initially believed to be a heart attack,[25] however it was later suggested that Aubijoux had died of internal injuries sustained in a crash earlier that day while competing in the 14th stage of the race.

The 2008 Dakar Rally was cancelled due to security concerns after al-Qaeda's murder of four French tourists on Christmas Eve in December 2007 in Mauritania (a country in which the rally spent eight days), various accusations against the rally calling it "neo-colonialist", and al-Qaeda's accusations against Mauritania calling it a supporter of "crusaders, apostates and infidels". The French-based Amaury Sport Organisation in charge of the 6,000-kilometre (3,700 mi) rally said in a statement that they had been advised by the French government to cancel the race, which had been due to begin on 5 January 2008 from Lisbon. They said direct threats had also been made against the event by al-Qaeda related organisations.[26][27]

Omar Osama bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, attracted news coverage in 2008 by promoting himself as an "ambassador of peace" and proposing a 3,000-mile (4,800 km) horse race across North Africa as a replacement to the Dakar Rally, with sponsors' money going to support child victims of war, saying "I heard the rally was stopped because of al-Qaida. I don't think they are going to stop me."[28]

On 7 January 2009, the body of 49-year-old motorcyclist Pascal Terry from France was found. He had been missing for three days and his body lay on a remote part of the second stage between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and Puerto Madryn.

On 4 January 2010, a woman watching the Dakar Rally was killed when a vehicle taking part in the race veered off the course and hit her during the opening stage.

On 1 January 2012, motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero of Argentina died after suffering a cardiac arrest after a fall. He was treated by medical staff within five minutes of the accident, but died on the way to hospital.

On 7 January 2015, motorcycle rider Michal Hernik died from unknown circumstances during Stage 3 of the 2015 rally.[29]

Overall 70 people, including 28 competitors, have died in the Dakar Rally.

CriticismEdit

When the race was held in Africa, it was subject to criticism from several sources, generally focusing on the race's impact on the inhabitants of the African countries through which it passed.

Some African residents along the race's course in previous years have said they saw limited benefits from the race; that race participants spent little money on the goods and services local residents can offer. The racers produced substantial amounts of dust along the course, and were blamed for hitting and killing livestock, in addition to occasionally injuring or killing people.[30]

After the 1988 race, when three Africans were killed in collisions with vehicles involved in the race, PANA, a Dakar-based news agency, wrote that the deaths were "insignificant for the [race's] organisers". The Vatican City newspaper L'Osservatore Romano called the race a "vulgar display of power and wealth in places where men continue to die from hunger and thirst."[31] During a 2002 protest at the race's start in Arras, France, a Green Party of France statement described the race as "colonialism that needs to be eradicated".[32]

The environmental impact of the race has been another area of criticism. This criticism of the race is notably the topic of the song "500 connards sur la ligne de départ" ("500 Arseholes at the Starting Line"), on the 1991 album Marchand de cailloux by French singer Renaud.

In 2014, the Dakar rally was criticized for damage done to archaeological sites in Chile.[33]

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ReferencesEdit

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