The Citroën World rally team has won seven consecutive times at Rally Argentina thanks to the efforts of Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena. The defending champions notched up a record 70 world rally wins for Loeb in the process.
After a particularly difficult two weeks in Argentina, Chile and Peru the Dakar Rally ended yesterday in Lima. French legend Stephane Peterhansel lifted his tenth title (his fourth in a car), while Dutchman Gerard de Rooy was victorious in the truck category, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli won the quad division and Peterhansel’s compatriot Cyril Despres won the bike section.
The Dakar Rally special stage between San Juan and Chilecito proved a challenging prospect with punishing rocky conditions proving a fertile ground for flat tyres and navigational errors.
Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena overcame the odds, including a one-minute penalty on Friday, at this weekend’s Rally Argentina to take home the win despite the onslaught of Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen.
Frenchman Sebastien Loeb won his fourth Rally Sardinia this weekend after he completely dominated the event from the start. By the start of yesterday’s stages, Loeb’s Citroën DS3 WRC was almost half a minute ahead of championship rival Mikko Hirvonen’s Fiesta RS WRC, and that pace proved enough till the end.
After Nasser Al-Attiyah overtook Volkswagen teammate Carlos Sainz over the previous two stages, most would have expected the Qatari to open the gap on the ninth stage of Dakar – but Sainz demonstrated some WRC prowess in chasing Al-Attiyah down and battling it out till the end of the shortened 207 km special.
With the first half of the Argentina-Chile Dakar now last week’s news, teams are counting the stages to the final and keenly monitoring the top positions as the leaders try to separate themselves from the chasing pack. This is no more evident than in camp Volkswagen, with the only real threat posed from a lone BMW lingering in third overall.
Rally specialist X-raid has revealed its intention to tackle next year’s Personal Dakar Argentina-Chile rally with a highly-modified Mini Countryman.
One bright spot for SA motor manufacturers was the jump in exports of built-up units in the first half of 2010, compared to the same period a year ago.
With two consecutive victories on the world’s toughest rally raid to its name, Volkswagen’s Race Touareg is being updated for next year’s event. Not so much a next generation machine, the Race Touareg is being heavily facelifted to make it go faster…