The 2018 Dakar Rally will start its 40th edition in Peru with an emphasis on care for the national heritage

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Peru has been chosen once again to be part of the toughest off-road rally in the world in its 2018 edition. The Dakar’s return to the land of the Incas will start in Lima on 6th January, in this great world race that brings together the best cross-country drivers and riders in its 40th anniversary and the 10th edition in South America.

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Moving towards the highest achievable goal: Riwald Dakar Team and Pascal de Baar join forces

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For the last four years, Pascal de Baar has been behind the development of the Renault truck that was built by Mario Kress of MRK in the Czech Republic. With several beautiful legs and final rankings in the Dakar Rally, the Silk Way Rally, Oilibya Rally and the Morocco Desert Challenge, Renault has shown that it has a lot of potential.

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Side by side: A three-steps progression

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In 2017 a new stand-alone category was introduced on the Dakar. The light-weight SSV/UTV vehicles have become better and better adapted to the demands of the event. They now represent an ideal way for those teams in the process of preparing an experience in the sport. After confirming the sporting viability of this category, a three-year plan has been established to provide the means of its development, while conserving the interests of the competitors who have already invested in the past few editions.

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Rockstar Energy Factory Racing wraps up the Dakar Rally 2017

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team’s riders had their highs and lows in the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally, the annual, 9,000 km trek through South America that is an enormous test for man and machine. French rider Pela Renet reached the finish in Buenos Aires safely on January 14 in seventh overall to achieve a remarkable top 10 result in only his second edition. Pablo Quintanilla was forced to retire in stage 10 while in second overall and on target for a podium finish.

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Pela Renet wraps up Dakar Rally at overall seventh

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory rider Pela Renet on Saturday achieved two personal goals. After two weeks and almost 9,000 km through South America he arrived safely at the Dakar Rally 2017 finish line in Buenos Aires and in a top ten position. Renet was overall seventh at the end of the world’s toughest annual rally.

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2017 Dakar: Good debut for the MINI John Cooper Works Rally

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It’s done – two weeks Rally Dakar across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, in torrential rain, mud, heat and in enormous altitude! All the three MINI John Cooper Works Rally vehicles survived their debut appearance and made it to the finish line – just as four of the five MINI All 4 Racing pairings that contested the event. And in this gruelling rally, taking both man and material to their very limits, six of the seven MINI racers that finished the event made it to the top 20. The past two weeks were extremely eventful and in the end, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Andreas Schulz (GER) with their MINI John Cooper Works Rally coped best with the continuous ups and downs to finish sixth in the overall ranking. Right behind them, Kuba Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) came seventh. While Qatar’s Mohamed Abu Issa, supported by his French navigator Xavier Panseri, secured the really fine 10th place, in his first Dakar.

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Photos Dakar Rally 2017 - Stage 11

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The dunes of San Juan in the first fifty kilometers of the special are the beginning of the final Dakar 2017. Those who "surf" the best of the dunes and choose the best line on the WRC tracks that follow will benefit. Everyone knows that there may be a surprise at any time.

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Monster Energy Honda Team refuse to throw in the towel, sealing the team’s fifth stage win with a one-two for Barreda and Goncalves

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The Monster Energy Honda Team continue to show a high level of commitment to the race and are tenaciously battling on until the end. In the penultimate stage of the Dakar 2017, Joan Barreda was the best of the one hundred bikers who made it to Río Cuarto, with Paulo Gonçalves posting the day’s second quickest time. The Honda CRF450 RALLY has now triumphed in five stages.

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Six Overdrive and Toyota Gazoo Raxing Hiluxes firmly on course for Dakar Rally finishes

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RIO CUARTE (ARGENTINA) – Friday, January 13: There were no Friday the 13th gremlins and Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa will take six of their original eight Toyota Hiluxes into the final special stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally after all the crews safely negotiated the 292km of competitive action between San Juan and Río Cuarte in Argentina.

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Photos Dakar Rally 2017 - Stage 10

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The key moment of this stage was when the drivers started in the initial phase and gain a substantial test on a trial-like course. The special ends with long strokes at the end where navigation play a major role. Errors are not punished in seconds, but in minutes.

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Renet overall sixth; Quintanilla out in Stage 10

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The Dakar Rally’s difficult stage 10 proved to be a game changer for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory team on Thursday. While Pela Renet managed to move up to sixth place in the overall standings, it was the end of the rally for Pablo Quintanilla. The 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies world champion stopped after 400 km, said to be suffering from a dizzy spell, and was receiving treatment from the medical team.

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Roma consolidates fourth and De Villiers climbs to fifth on Dakar stage between Chilecito and San Juan

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SAN JUAN (ARGENTINA) – Thursday, January 12: Overdrive Racing’s Joan Roma and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers kept in the hunt for Toyota’s customary podium finish on the Dakar Rally by holding fourth and fifth positions in the overall standings after the 449km special stage between Chilecito and San Juan in Argentina.

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Team De Rooy prepares for final challenge

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With the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally cancelled due to mudslides and weather conditions, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco are preparing for the final push. The "Queen Stage" from Salta to Chilecito was meant to be the decisive stage of the race. With that stage cancelled, there are two serious opportunities to launch an attack. "Those are going to be two very tough special stages," expects Federico Villagra, who took an important second place in the eight stage, and moved up to fourth in the overall standings.

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