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The competitors have crossed the finish line at the 40th Dakar Rally, marking an end to one of the toughest runnings of the world famous rally raid. In the final run around Córdoba in Argentina, the competitors had to cross several rivers in a sprint that took them over 120km of testing terrain. Everything remained in the balance until the racers crossed the final finish line.
The competition was fierce in the car category. As home to the WRC Rally Argentina, Córdoba should be familiar to WRC champion Carlos Sainz, but the Spaniard was playing safe and protecting his lead. Ninth place for the stage was enough to complete his victory and after crashing out of his previous three Dakars, the Spaniard was delighted to hand Team Peugeot Total their third win in a row. With the French marque now withdrawing from racing the Dakar, it's a fitting send off.
With two podium places still in the mix, there was all to play for, and ultimately less than a minute separated the first four cars across the line. Victory went to 2009 champion, South African Giniel de Villiers, edging ahead of defending champion Stéphane Peterhansel and two-time champ Nasser Al-Attiyah. That meant the second and third overall went to Toyota Gazoo Racing's Al-Attiyah and de Villiers.
Following Toby Price in 2016 and Sam Sunderland in 2017, theres another new Bike winner of the Dakar Rally. Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Matthias Walkner becomes the first Austrian to win the Dakar, fittingly astride an Austrian-built KTM machine. Having been badly injured in 2016 and bounced back to finish second in 2017, it's a deserved victory for the Austrian, who was near-faultless in his navigation and managed his lead masterfully. Walkner's victory also gives KTM a staggering 17th Dakar win in a row.
In the final run, Honda's Kevin Benavides was under pressure from Toby Price, but the Argentine dug deep to win the last stage and take second in the final standings. Having come back from a massive injury in 2017, third place is an amazing achievement for former champ Price and former enduro star Antoine Méo continues to build his Dakar legend, with fourth. Reports
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cars stage 14
1/ GINIEL DE VILLIERS/DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 01h 26' 29''
2/ STEPHANE PETERHANSEL/JEAN PAUL COTTRET/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 01h 27' 09''
3/ NASSER AL-ATTIYAH/MATTHIEU BAUMEL/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 01h 27' 10''
4/ LUCIO ALVAREZ/ROBERT HOWIE/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 01h 27' 12''
5/ PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN/MACIEJ MARTON/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 01h 28' 35''
6/ JAKUB PRZYGONSKI/TOM COLSOUL/ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID/ 01h 28' 40''
7/ MARTIN PROKOP/JAN TOMANEK/MP-SPORTS/ 01h 28' 42''
8/ SEBASTIAN HALPERN/EDU PULENTA/SOUTH RACING/ 01h 28' 54''
9/ CARLOS SAINZ/LUCAS CRUZ/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 01h 29' 48''
10/ SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI/XAVIER PANSERI/PH-SPORT/ 01h 30' 06''
Classifications after the stage 12
1/ CARLOS SAINZ/LUCAS CRUZ/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 49h 16' 18''
2/ NASSER AL-ATTIYAH/MATTHIEU BAUMEL/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 49h 59' 58''
3/ GINIEL DE VILLIERS/DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ/TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA/ 50h 32' 59''
4/ STEPHANE PETERHANSEL/JEAN PAUL COTTRET/TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL/ 50h 41' 47''
5/ JAKUB PRZYGONSKI/TOM COLSOUL/ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID/ 52h 01' 42''
6/ SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI/XAVIER PANSERI/PH-SPORT/ 53h 37' 16''
7/ MARTIN PROKOP/JAN TOMANEK/MP-SPORTS/ 56h 37' 07''
8/ PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN/MACIEJ MARTON/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 56h 57' 46''
9/ SEBASTIAN HALPERN/EDU PULENTA/SOUTH RACING/ 58h 24' 28''
10/ LUCIO ALVAREZ/ROBERT HOWIE/OVERDRIVE TOYOTA/ 58h 35' 04''
bikes stage 14
1/ KEVIN BENAVIDES/MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM/ 01h 26' 41''
2/TOBY PRICE/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 01h 27' 35''
3/ ANTOINE MEO/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 01h 29' 30''
4/DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS/HIMOINSA RACING TEAM/ 01h 30' 06''
5/ JOHNNY AUBERT/GAS GAS MOTORSPORT/ 01h 31' 00''
6/ ORIOL MENA/HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY/ 01h 31' 42''
7/ GERARD FARRES GUELL/HIMOINSA RACING TEAM/01h 32' 04''
8/MATTHIAS WALKNER/RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM/ 01h 32' 19''
9/ JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO/MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM/ 01h 34' 38''
10/ JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA/SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY/ 01h 37' 34''
Dakar Rally 2018 - Overall classification
Rank/ Rider (Team)
1/Matthias Walkner (KTM) 43:06'01
2/Kevin Benavides (Honda) +00:16'53
3/Toby Price (KTM) +00:23'01
4/Antoine Meo (KTM) +00:47'28
5/Gerard Farres Guell (KTM) +01:01'04
6/Johnny Aubert (GasGas) +01:53'53