Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

Rallying-Qatari Al-Attiyah wins his third Dakar

Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah became a three times Dakar Rally winner [Twitter]

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah became a three times Dakar Rally winner on Thursday, finishing with a 46-minute advantage after taking no risks on the final stage to Lima, while Australian Toby Price took the motorcycle crown.

The triumph, in a gruelling endurance event now run entirely in Peru and featuring cars, bikes, and trucks was a first for Japanese constructor Toyota.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, last year’s car champion, won the closing 10th stage from Pisco with Al-Attiyah 12th and some nine minutes slower.

READ: Salah voted African Footballer of the Year

Sainz’s compatriot Nani Roma, in an X-Raid Mini, finished second overall with nine times rally world champion Sebastien Loeb, runner-up in the stage, completing the podium with a privately-entered Peugeot in the absence of a works entry.

Al-Attiyah’s previous Dakar wins were with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini in 2015.

Runner-up in 2018, the Qatari led after every stage bar the second day in this year’s event when South African teammate Giniel de Villiers was ahead.

Price, battling a painful wrist injury, had led overnight but with only a minute between him and Chilean Pablo Quintanilla.

READ: Egypt wins rights to host 2019 African Cup of Nations

The Australian clinched his second Dakar title, on a KTM, after he won the stage and Quintanilla fell.

Russian Eduard Nikolaev secured his third successive Dakar title, and fourth in total, in the truck category with Kamaz.

Middle EastNewsQatar
Show Comments
The Palestine Question in Europe - MEMO and EuroPal Forum Conference
Show Comments