Dakar 2009

Posted: January 5, 2009 in Sport
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The 2009 edition of the Dakar rally started on the weekend, with former World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz currently leading after two stages in his VW Toureg. The highlights from Dakar can be seen on SBS.

This years Dakar rally is being run in Argentina instead of through North Africa. Last years rally was cancelled due to threats from al-Qaida terrorists, and it was decided to move the race to South America.

In the past few years many stars from the world of motorsport have undertaken the Dakar with varying degrees of success. The late Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz are two of the WRC stars who have undertaken Dakar, as has NASCAR’s Robbie Gordon in his Hummer. Jean-Louis Schlesser won the Dakar a number of times, although he will be forever remembered as the man who denied McLaren taking a clean sweep of the 1988 F1 season when he crashed into Ayrton Senna at Monza. Past winners have included World Cup Skiing Champion Luc Alphand and former WRC champions Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen and Jacky Ickx, who has also won Le Mans six times as well as eight F1 grands prix for Ferrari.

 

Robbie Gordon's Hummer

Robbie Gordon's Hummer

 You can keep up to date with all the Dakar 2009 action with the official Dakar 2009 website and with the Dakar 2009 Live Timing.

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