Marc Coma, the Dakar Sporting Director, has decided to leave his position with the biggest rally-raid in the world in order to fully devote himself to personal projects.
The 2018 Dakar Rally came to a close on Saturday with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team celebrating two of their riders on the podium. Matthias Walkner was crowned Dakar Champion, the first Austrian ever to win the motorcycle class, while Toby Price rounded out the podium in third following a superb performance throughout the rally.
Eurol supported the participants of the 2018 Dakar Rally. In the past two weeks they completed the most gruelling race of the world under extremely difficult conditions.
Toby Price has won the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally. His victory ensures he maintains his third-place position in the provisional overall standings, just over five minutes behind the runner-up. Third on today’s stage, Antoine Meo moves up to fourth overall. Matthias Walkner, who rode to a safe fourth place today, retains his lead in the overall rankings.
Monster Energy Honda Team rider Kevin Benavides is a stone’s throw away from a final overall podium place when tomorrow’s last stage concludes in Cordoba, Argentina. It was a tough slog today with Argentinean rider Benavides, giving the race his all, and eventually going on to post second place.
Eurol supports the participants of the Dakar Rally 2018. Today Bernhard ten Brinke took an impressive fifth place during a long and extremely hot stage to San Juan.
Eurol supports the competitors of the 2018 Dakar Rally. The 11th stage was an exceptional day for the Eurol-teams with a historic stage win by Bernhard ten Brinke and co-driver Michel Perin.
Not completely undamaged the Team De Rooy Iveco's reached the finish of the Super Fiambalá Special of the Dakar 2018. But the result was nonetheless: Federico Villagra took the lead in the rankings. Due to a penalty for a broken strap in stage 10, which was calculated today, the margin of the Argentinian is only small: 1.07. "But that does not matter: the lead is the lead", Villagra thought.
Slowly but surely, the 2018 Dakar competitors are getting ready for the final spurt of the legendary event.
Toby Price has fought back from yesterday’s disappointing result to dominate stage 11 of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Antoine Meo put in another superb performance to post the third fastest time for the day while Matthias Walkner placed fifth to retain his position at the top of the provisional overall standings.
The tenth stage of the 2018 Dakar turned out to be a particularly harsh one causing major disruptions to the top positions.
Eurol supports the competitors of the 2018 Dakar Rally. After an unforseen second rest day the competitors of the Dakar Rally went further on their tour through Argentina. On the way to Belén participants found a long and very demanding stage.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short has enjoyed his best performance to date on the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, ending stage eight in 17th position. With it the US racer, who is competing in his first ever Dakar Rally, moves closer to the top 20 in the provisional overall standings. Dealing with a minor technical issue, Pablo Quintanilla is currently 12th in the overall standings.
Monster Energy Honda Team is still well in contention for the 2018 Dakar Rally. As the second leg of the marathon stage comes to a close, Kevin Benavides is about to reach his home town of Salta breathing down the neck of the overall race leader. Great stage performances from Brabec and Barreda on the day.
Eurol supports the competitors in the Dakar Rally. On Sunday all Eurol-teams finished the second part of the marathon stage succesfully and heard that they will have a day off on monday.
The sixth leg of the 2018 Dakar led the participants to the Bolivian capital La Paz, where the rest day takes place tomorrow. There were no dunes on the agenda today, but the participants were almost the entire special stage at an altitude of over 4000 meters - the highest point was more than 4,600 meters. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) finished sixth in the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Jakub "Kuba" Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) placed four positions behind in the MINI John Cooper Works Rally. Boris Garafulic (CHI) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) finished 12th in the MINI JCW Rally.
With the sandy dunes of Peru being replaced by the fast tracks of Bolivia, Pablo Quintanilla put in a solid performance during today’s stage six of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Securing a strong sixth place result for the day, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has moved back inside the top six in the event’s provisional overall standings.
After six tough days the riders, drivers, co-drivers and mechanics of the Eurol-teams reached La Paz for a well deserved rest day. Eurol supports them through out the Dakar Rally.
Eurol supports the participants of the 2018 Dakar Rally. During the fifth stage on Wednesday Bernhard ten Brinke gained another two places in the general classification.
Eurol supports the participants of the Dakar Rally. Bernhard ten Brinke did The Netherlands proud in the fourth stage of the Dakar by finishing seventh and gaining a lot of positions in the overall classification.
Eurol supports participants in the Rally Dakar 2018. On the third day of the rally all Eurol-teams were back in business after a difficult day during the second stage.
Mission accomplished for Kevin Benavides in the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally. The Argentinean rider, who posted second on the day, ascends the general rankings to second spot just three minutes adrift of the current leader. Likewise, Ricky Brabec performed well to finish fourth as Barreda concedes his leadership.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Sam Sunderland and Toby Price have successfully completed the long stage three of the 2018 Dakar Rally, finishing first and third respectively. Demonstrating the speed that has given both riders an overall win at the event, the pair excelled today on the 296km timed special. Antoine Meo also rode well in the dunes to post the eighth fastest time for the day.
Blistering performances from Monster Energy Honda Team with the stage victory for Joan Barreda, plus fourth and fifth spots for Michael Metge and Kevin Benavides as the race moves on from Pisco.
Eurol supports teams in the Dakar Rally 2018. The massive dunes of Peru had to be conquered once again by the brave participants during the second stage.
It was only the second day in the Dakar Rally, and there is only 300 kilometres of race distance covered, but the differences in the rankings are already considerable. Federico Villagra and Ton van Genugten did good business in the tough second stage. The Argentinian driver of Team De Rooy finished second, 3.25 of stage winner Eduard Nikolaev. Van Genugten came in fifth, at 20 minutes.
Reigning Dakar champion Sam Sunderland has taken the win on stage one of the 2018 Dakar Rally. His Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mates also performed well on the opening day with Matthias Walkner finishing sixth and Antoine Meo ninth.
The first stage of the 2018 Dakar is over. After 30 kilometres across the Dunes at Pisco, four MINI vehicles hold top 10 positions. Bryce Menzies and Pete Mortensen (both USA) finished fourth, with their MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Behind them Nani Roma and Alex Haro in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally secured fifth place. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) took their MINI JCW Buggy to eighth position, with Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) following right behind in ninth.
Each year Eurol supports participants of the Dakar Rally. The 2018 edition of the Dakar is no exception with a lot of talented riders and crews. On Saturday the race started with a exceptional ceremony in Lima followed by a short but tough stage in Pisco.
The first day of the Dakar Rally immediately had a number of surprises. The one more pleasant than the other. In fourth place, only a minute and 11 seconds from stage winner Ales Loprais, Ton van Genugten did good business. His Team De Rooy teammates Artur Ardavichus (16th) and Federico Villagra (21st) fared a little less well.