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Sunderland, Al-Attiyah win Dakar 2022 | Autocar India

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Printed On Jan 14, 2022 06:06:00 PM

Winners of Dakar 2022 – Sam Sunderland (left) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (proper).

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Sunderland palms GasGas their first-ever Dakar title; Al-Attiyah scores a dominant fourth Dakar victory.

Sam Sunderland and Nasser Al-Attiyah have emerged because the winners of the 2022 Dakar Rally within the bikes and vehicles class, respectively.

This yr’s version has wrapped up after two weeks of gruelling racing within the deserts of Saudi Arabia. The brand new route closely options huge spreads of dunes, and the added shock of rainfall early on made issues even trickier for the rivals and organisers.

  • Hero MotoSports end in prime 20
  • Sunderland secures his second Dakar title
  • Harith Noah makes sturdy comeback below expertise class

Dakar 2022 outcomes: Bikes class

It was a decent battle within the Bikes class, with a number of riders taking the lead at completely different levels. GasGas rider Sam Sunderland had moved again into the lead after the penultimate stage, and he held on within the comparatively quick remaining stage to clinch his second Dakar title. He’d beforehand gained the occasion in 2017.

Sunderland gained with a bonus of 3mins 27secs over Honda’s Pablo Quintanilla, whereas KTM’s Matthias Walkner completed 6mins 47secs off the lead, in third place. The victory is very candy for GasGas, with the squad scoring their first Dakar win. With this, the KTM Group additionally dethrones Honda after two years.

“Truthfully, this final stage was so troublesome and [there was] a lot stress – loads of navigation, loads of tough notes. Just a few instances it was a bit complicated and [I was not] certain I used to be going the fitting method” Sunderland stated.

“All of those moments alongside the best way, the tougher instances that you’ve got, it simply makes the sensation extra nice,” he added.

Representing the Indian contingent, each Hero MotoSports riders completed within the prime 20. Joaquim Rodrigues led the cost for the staff, even selecting up their first-ever Dakar stage win on Stage Three and a podium end in Stage 11. On the again of those sturdy outcomes, he completed 14th general. His teammate Aaron Mare, who was drafted in on the final second to interchange an injured Franco Caimi, displayed spectacular consistency. He completed 16th general.

Harith Noah retired on Stage 10, however was allowed to return below the expertise class, albeit with a heavy penalty placing him out of rivalry. He made a robust comeback to complete the ultimate two levels in 18th and 23rd place, respectively.

Dakar 2022 outcomes: Automobiles class

Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated proceedings within the Automobiles class, together with co-driver Matthieu Baumel. Driving a Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+, he led this yr’s Dakar all through, by no means as soon as relinquishing the lead. Whereas he solely gained two of the 12 levels, it was his consistency that gained him his fourth Dakar title.

His closest rival, Sebastien Loeb, completed 27minutes 46secs behind in second place for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme staff. Regardless of profitable two levels himself, the nine-time WRC champion by no means fairly recovered the numerous chunk of time he misplaced in Stage 3. The ultimate podium spot was taken by Overdrive Toyota’s Yazeed Al Rajhi.

Audi may also be contemplating their maiden Dakar outing a hit, recovering from early troubles to attain 4 stage wins. The producer entered the novel RS Q e-tron within the new T1 Final class. The electrical prototype makes use of three electrical motors, with a DTM-sourced petrol engine serving as an influence supply to cost the batteries.

Dakar 2022 outcomes: Quads class

Over within the Quads class, Yamaha Racing SMX’s Alexandre Giroud merely wanted to finish the ultimate stage to assert his first title, which he did efficiently. He’s the primary French winner within the class.

Rookie Francisco Moreno completed effectively over two hours behind to take second place general. He wrapped up the 2022 version in prime kind with a stage win.

Dakar 2022 outcomes: Vans class

Kamaz – Grasp as soon as once more dominated within the Vans class, with one other clear sweep of the highest positions. The crew of Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev and Ilgiz Akhmetzianov clinched victory for the second yr operating.

Dakar 2022 outcomes: Light-weight autos class

Francisco Lopez Contardo (co-driver Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre) didn’t win any levels this yr, however his consistency allowed him to cement his lead within the Light-weight Prototype class little by little. That is the EKS – South Racing driver’s third Dakar title.

Can-Am’s Austin Jones (co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin) took the SSV title by a slender margin of 2mins 37secs from teammate Gerard Farres Guell (co-driver Diego Ortega Gil). The latter suffered electrical issues within the remaining stage and misplaced worthwhile time because of this.

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