Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally

I've cracked Dakar Rally..and my ribs

A LAWYER has told how he completed the world's toughest endurance race, despite cracking his ribs in a horror crash.

Officials probe Al-Attiyah win

NASSER Al-Attiyah could see his victory in the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally taken away from him with organisers investigating whether the Qatari driver failed to cross a way point.

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French racer dies on Dakar

FRENCH motorcyclist Pascal Terry has been found dead after being reported missing during the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday.

Sainz wins stage to keep Al-Attiyah at bay

CARLOS Sainz underlined his status as favourite for the Dakar Rally title with victory in the fourth stage of the race.

Al-Attiyah claims narrow Dakar stage victory

NASSER Al-Attiyah claimed a narrow triumph in the third special stage of the Dakar Rally to close on overall leader Carlos Sainz.

This Sporting Life: Prince leads way as Dakar rally veers from straight and narrow

THERE is no denying that the Dakar rally is more than just a little bit different. A motor race where amateur enthusiasts not only compete alongside professionals, but generally outnumber them, in cars and trucks and on bikes. Where a Qatari prince can beat home a former world rallying champion and pre-race favourite. And don't read too much into the name – the Dakar rally will not venture anywhere near the Senegal capital but instead be contested on an entirely separate continent.

Peterhansel claims his ninth Dakar Rally title

STEPHANE Peterhansel gained a record ninth Dakar Rally victory and Cyril Despres won the motorcycle title for KTM to make it a French double yesterday.

Racing pensioner vows to storm desert once more

IT IS the golden age of slippers and games of bridge, not sand dunes and dirt bikes. Yet while fellow pensioners sank their life savings into a new conservatory or a luxury cruise, Robbie Allan chose to become one of the oldest competitors in the Dakar Rally, the deadly 5,000-mile race across desert sands.

Sainz claims third stage win

FORMER world rally champion Carlos Sainz claimed his third stage victory of the 2007 Dakar Rally as he raced into Kayes almost four minutes ahead of the field yesterday.

Peterhansel seizes control

STEPHANE Peterhansel took the lead in the Dakar Rally on a dramatic stage nine in Mauritania.

Sandstorm ends Allan's Dakar quest

SCOTS pensioner Robbie Allan will fly back home to the UK later this week after a combination of a severe sandstorm and asthma prematurely ended his bid to conquer the 5000-mile Dakar Rally.

Allan revelling in rally as Sainz lead shrinks

THE longest stage in this year's Dakar Rally proved frustrating for leader Carlos Sainz, who saw his overall lead slashed by more than seven minutes yesterday, while Scots OAP Robbie Allan impressed even himself with his pace through the 502 miles stage between Tan-Tan and Zouerat in Mauritania.

Allan excels himself in Dakar

WHILE Carlos Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally with victory on the fifth stage in Morocco, Scots OAP Robbie Allan surprised himself with his speed through one of the toughest tests so far.

Death of Dakar Rally rider overshadows progress by Sainz

THE death of South African motorcycle rider Elmer Symons overshadowed the fourth day of the Dakar Rally in Morocco yesterday.

Pensioner Allan eases into Dakar Rally

SCOTS OAP Robbie Allan heads into the desert of Morocco today having safely negotiated the opening two stages of the Dakar Rally through Portugal and Spain on his 450cc Honda motorbike.

Scot aims to be oldest finisher in dangerous desert trek OAP in drive for rally record

SCOTS pensioner Robbie Allan sets off from Lisbon today confident of becoming the oldest-ever finisher in the world's toughest motorsport test, the gruelling 15-day, 5,600-mile Dakar Rally.

Allan driven by desert survival test

KNOCKHILL motor racing circuit, smothered yesterday in a thick grey blanket of fog and rain, hardly seemed the most appropriate place to wave goodbye to somebody who is bound for the African desert. Yet, in the case of Robbie Allan, the incongruity was somehow fitting, since the Scottish motorcyclist will arguably be the most unlikely competitor in the Paris-Dakar rally, which begins on 6 January, and for which he will leave his Lanarkshire home in five days.

Rally team off to a frying start

A JAPANESE research team plans to enter a race car in the Dakar rally that runs on cooking oil used to fry food.

Alphand wins Dakar but deaths cast shadow

FRENCH driver Luc Alphand and Spanish rider Marc Coma won their first Dakar Rally yesterday, but both lamented the accidents which killed two young boys and Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott during the 9,000km race.

Rally leader loses way to Dakar

FRENCHMAN Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) yesterday won the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally after overall leader Luc Alphand and rival Giniel De Villiers got lost. Chicherit won the 14th stage from Tambacounda to Dakar by 3min 13sec from South African Alfie Cox, also driving a BMW.

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