Dakar Final: Nasser Wins 3rd Rally
The Dakar Rally has ended in Peru, and 10 stages later Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed his third career win in the general car class. Al-Attiyah had a 46-minute overall lead in front of Second Place competitor Nani Roma. Al-Attiyah brought Toyota its first-ever Dakar victory. In 2011, Al-Attiyah won the rally with a Volkswagen Touareg.
Casey Currie finished the Dakar Rally in Fourth Place. Currie battled 30 side-by-side competitors in his Can-Am. The theme of the rally was 100 percent Peru. Basically, the Dakar was limited to a single country, which featured big dunes. Currie, who is a Dakar rookie said, “The rally was 10 tough days of the roughest terrain on the planet.”
Robby Gordon’s three Textron vehicles managed to finish the rally. Gordon was hit by the ASO with speed restrictions early on in the event. Mistakes and mechanical problems continued to plague the team. Eventually, the Textron vehicles were moved over to the half-rally class. Previously, cars that did not finish a stage were sent home. A reporter asked Gordon about coming back in 2020 and he said, “If we are going to win the Dakar, we need to come back with something similar to the Hummer.” Gordon was speaking about efforts in his custom-built “Gordini” Hummer at the Dakar 3 years ago.
Russian-born Eduard Nikolaev has claimed his fourth rally title. Nikolaev won the fullsize truck category in his Kamaz. Nikolaev now has back-to-back wins in the Kamaz.
All photos courtesy of ASO Photographers.