Sam Sunderland (motorcycles) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (cars) overall winners Dakar Rally

Chilean Pablo Quintanilla won the final special stage over 164 kilometers and finished second in the standings, 3 minutes and 27 seconds from Sunderland. Austria’s Matthias Walkner was third at 6.47.

In recent days, Sunderland, Walkner and Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren have alternated at the top of the rankings. Van Beveren lost a lot of time in the penultimate stage on Thursday and had to relinquish the lead to Sunderland. “I’m overjoyed,” said the Briton at the finish. “The last stage was so difficult, I felt so much stress. My head almost exploded and I was afraid I was driving the wrong way a few times. It is a dream come true to win the Dakar Rally for two different teams.”

Al-Attiyah secures fourth overall victory in Dakar

Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar has won the Dakar Rally among the cars for the fourth time. The 51-year-old Toyota driver entered the final stage by a large margin and did not run into problems in the 164 kilometers to Jeddah. Al-Attiyah also won Dakar in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

His teammate Henk Lategan from South Africa was the fastest in the last leg. Lategan was 49 seconds ahead of Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, record winner in Dakar with fourteen overall victories. Al-Attiyah took it easy and conceded almost 8 minutes, but his lead over his French competitor Sébastien Loeb was big enough.

Bernhard ten Brinke conceded about 4.5 minutes to Lategan and finished in the top 10 in the final stage.

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