Nani Roma wins the Dakar
Nani Roma topped the X-Raid Mini 1-2-3 in the 36th edition of Dakar, with a narrow 5.38″ margin over his team mate Stéphane Peterhansel, becoming the third competitor to win in a car after triumphing on a motorcycle ten years ago.
The Spaniard lost his leadership on the penultimate day due to a puncture and Peterhansel took a 26” advantage. But Frenchman slowed in the last stage as the team orders issued by Sven Quandt and Roma won.
Nasser Al-Attiyah was third, although he paid a penalty in stage 10. The big star Carlos Sainz (SMG Buggy) won two specials and led the overall after stage 4, but was forced to retire after a crash.
With just 204 vehicles – 78 motorcycles, 15 quads, 61 cars and 50 trucks, or 47% of those that started – making it to the finish, this was the toughest Dakar held in South America.
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