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DAKAR RALLY

Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally's T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year. Audi Sport's return to rally-raid caused some tension even before the German brand revealed the prototype with which it will make its Dakar debut in January 2022.  After the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer announced in November 2020 that it would leave Formula E at the end of the 2020/21 season to tackle the world’s toughest marathon, a process of negotiation and analysis followed at the regulatory level. Dakar's plans to start the transition to renewable energies next January and to create the first category of hybrid vehicles lacked a regulatory structure. Thierry Viardot, Dakar's technical coordinator, and t...
Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Asia, AUDI, CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Mattias Ekström, Emil Bergkvist, Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car. Both 14-time winner Peterhansel and triple champion Sainz have been poached from the successful Mini squad run by X-raid, while Ekstrom has been a part of Audi fold for almost the entirety of his professional motorsport career. The trio will be responsible for developing and testing the electric 4x4 prototype that Audi has been designing for more than a year in collaboration with Q Motorsport, led by X-raid boss Sven Quandt. The car does drive on electric power, but the battery is recharged by a combustion engine...
Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Sebastien Loeb has announced Fabian Lurquin as his new co-driver for the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. Xavier de Soultrait – a starter of the Dakar on six occasions – was also in the frame for the seat. Loeb said that Lurquin’s experience of rally raid and his knowledge of its inner workings is what “convinced” him. Both men were asked along to a private test in Dubai earlier this month to help Loeb’s decision making. Sharing the news via his official Twitter page, Loeb posted: “After several weeks of exchanges, and tests with specialist and experienced rally raid co-drivers, my choice is finally to go with Fabian Lurquin. “His approach to the race, and his experience of the terrain convinced me. The unveiling of the 2022 Dakar route last week, where navigation will...