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Koolen threatens criminal action over Sainz Dakar incident

Koolen was left shaken by a close call with Sainz's buggy during the La Paz - Uyuni stage, the pair now bickering over whether or not there was genuine contact made in the wake of Sainz being handed a 10-minute penalty.Sainz is adamant he narrowly missed

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Sainz "disgusted" by Dakar penalty

The Peugeot driver came under fire from stewards after quad competitor Kees Koolen lodged a formal complaint claiming he was struck by Sainz's buggy during the La Paz – Uyuni stage.The rally leader was hit with a 10-minute penalty for the incident,

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Dakar leader Sainz penalised for quad run-in

Peugeot driver Sainz, who led by over an hour in the general classification prior to the sanction, had found himself under investigation in the aftermath of Saturday's La Paz – Uyuni stage.He was accused of colliding with 2017 cross-country rall

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Sainz under investigation for alleged quad incident

Dutch rider Kees Koolen said Sainz had hit his quad during the first half of the marathon stage running from La Paz to Uyuni.Dakar rules state that any driver who witnesses an incident must stop and assist the affected competitor and warn orga

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Citroen WRC boss Matton quits to join FIA

Matton takes over from Jarmo Mahonen at the head of the governing body’s rally department, while his job at Citroen will be taken by Pierre Budar – who had been running PSA Motorsport’s customer racing department.Budar takes over as C

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Dakar 2018, Stage 8: Peterhansel quickest, Sainz in control

Peterhansel was lower than usual in the starting order, having lost his overall lead on Saturday when he spent over an hour and a half at a standstill with suspension damage.On Sunday, he recovered a small chunk of the lost time, recording his second stag

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Dakar 2018, Stage 8: Meo outduels Brabec for win

The eighth stage, the longest one of the event with its 498km distance, was run between Bolivian cities Uyuni and Tupiza.KTM duo Meo and Toby Price were in first and second early on, but Honda's Ricky Brabec overcame both and led by the seventh of 10 w

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Dakar cancels Monday's Tupiza - Salta stage

The Tupiza – Salta test, ninth of the 14 scheduled for this year's marathon, was to feature a 242km timed special across classes and was to mark the end of the event's Bolivian leg.However, recent heavy rains in the area created doubts over the sta

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Frustrated Peterhansel explains costly Dakar accident

Peterhansel, a 13-time Dakar champion, had emerged as a runaway leader after an attrition-heavy opening leg of the event in Peru.He looked set to extend his lead further during Saturday's La Paz – Uyuni stage, but damaged his left-rear suspension a

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Injury threatens Barreda's Dakar victory bid

Barreda, who is still chasing his first Dakar win despite having long emerged as a perennial contender, has topped a rally-high three stages in this year's event so far.He had added to his tally during Saturday's 425km La Paz – Uyuni test, despite

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Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Santosh returns inside top-50

After a rest day, the Dakar resumed with a 727 km marathon stage between La Paz and Uyuni, with riders timed for a stretch of 425 km.  Santosh, who dropped down the order in Stage 3 after running out of fuel, continued to recover positions, finishin

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Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Sainz inherits large lead

Sainz had recorded his first stage win of this year's Dakar in the Arequipa – La Paz test, and picked up right where he left off after a rest day in the Bolivian capital.Opening the road in the 425km timed special, he arrived at the finish after fo

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Peterhansel loses Dakar lead after stoppage

Peterhansel, a 13-time Dakar champion, had entered the La Paz – Uyuni stage in Bolivia 27 minutes clear of teammate Carlos Sainz in the overall classification, and looked on course to add to his lead, topping the timesheets after three waypoints.In

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Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Barreda wins, van Beveren retakes lead

Saturday's 425km La Paz-Uyuni test was the longest of the South American event so far, but Honda rider Barreda was unstoppable from the outset, leading at each and every waypoint.The Spaniard had begun the day in fifth overall, nine minutes behind teammat

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Mikkelsen: Hyundai WRC car reminds me of Volkswagen

Sebastien Ogier dominated the WRC with VW from 2013 until its shock exit at the end of the 2016 season, which left Ogier and his VW teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikkelsen without a seat.Ogier and Latvala found seats but Mikkelsen was forced to begin t

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Up to 20 riders could still win Dakar, says Honda

Despite the opening six stages of the South American event being dominated by gruelling dunes and rugged off-road terrain, no one rider has been able to gain a decisive advantage during the first week, with less than 20 minutes splitting the top nine ride

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Dakar 2018, Stage 6: Sainz quickest ahead of rest day

Sainz beat teammate and rally leader Stephane Peterhansel by four minutes and six seconds to pick up his first stage win in this year's Dakar.Taking place at altitude of around 4000 metres above sea level, the marathon's sixth stage marked the end of the

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Dakar 2018, Stage 6: Meo fastest, Benavides takes lead

Due to poor weather conditions, the first 119 kilometres of the timed special, which saw the field move from Peru to Bolivia, were cancelled for the bike class.As a result, the field started their respective competitive runs near Lake Titicaca and the rem

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British rally champion targeting World RX debut

Higgins has signed for Dumfries-based Albatec Racing team to compete in at least the opening two rounds of the British Rallycross Championship and hopes to race in his home round of the World RX series.The Manxman will drive a 208 run as part of a collabo

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Mini driver Al-Rajhi survives Dakar ocean scare

Having been one of the front-runners during the early part of the fifth stage, Al-Rajhi dropped significant time thanks to a bizarre run in with the ocean during a 20-kilometre stretch along the beach.Having strayed a little too close to the water edge, h

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M-Sport's Ford backing will be on "another level" in 2018

Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport continued to run Ford's WRC programme independently after the firm ended its full factory effort at the end of 2012, and last year won the manufacturers' title as well as taking Sebastien Ogier to the drivers' crown.Ogier made cle

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Loeb fears last chance at Dakar glory has gone

Fresh off the back of topping the fourth stage, the Frenchman was taken out of the event during the fifth stage when he landed in a hole while trying to avoid a car stuck on the crest of a sand dune.His Peugeot buggy had to be pulled out of the crevice wi

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Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Santosh holds steady, KP retires

Wednesday’s marathon stage was the longest so far, with riders having to cover a total distance of 774 km - including a 266 km special from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa.Santosh, who remains the only Indian rider to finish Dakar, posted the 52nd

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Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Loeb out as Peterhansel extends lead

The nine-time WRC champion, first on the road after recording his 10th Dakar stage win on Tuesday, came to a halt just five kilometres into the 266km timed test between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa.He got going after almost half an hour at a standstil

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Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Barreda dominates, Van Beveren keeps lead

Barreda, who lost over 20 minutes on Stage 3 and gained ground only marginally the next day, was comfortably quickest throughout the 266km run, the final day of the event which was run entirely in Peru.While the gap between first and second in the class w

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British championship frontrunner graduates to WRX

The XITE Racing team will reveal the new car for the first time at the Autosport International Show on Thursday morning, but had released an artist’s impression of the car. Bennett switched to rallycross from rallying in 2017, driving a Ford Fie

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Sainz says 2018 Dakar "too much" for amateur crews

Following another day of high attrition through the dunes on Tuesday, Sainz is now part of a three-car Peugeot attack that has pulled well clear of the opposition.In terms of frontrunners, it was the Toyotas who were hit hardest on Tuesday, both Nasser Al

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Toyota drivers say "unfair" inflation rule benefits Peugeot

Both of the Hilux drivers struggled through the soft sand on the fourth stage, with a combination of punctures and stoppages putting huge dents in their campaigns.Al-Attiyah started the day third outright after winning the third stage, but dropped nearly

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Dakar 2018, Stage 4: KP loses ground, Santosh recovers

The 330 km special around San Juan De Marcona (Peru) made life difficult for the competitors, with hidden waypoints and tricky terrain characterising the route.Sherco TVS’ KP could only muster the 44th fastest time of the day, 58m42s down on stage

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KTM chief says Sunderland felt “numb” after heavy landing

Last year’s Dakar winner Sunderland, who was leading the event at the time of his crash, landed heavily after a small jump over a ditch.Although he didn’t fall, he felt immediate back pain and later pushed the emergency button to summon medi

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