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Red Bull: Dakar Rally 2012

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The Dakar Rally is THE most famous rally in the world, and without doubt it is probably also one of the most dangerous. Us oldies will of course remember it as the Paris to Dakar, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America and has been ever since. The race is open to amateur and professional entries. And strangely about eighty percent of the participants are amatuers, albeit rich ones!

The rally features 4 different types of vehicle, motocycles, quads, cars and trucks and a total of 21 people have died whilst competing during it’s history. Thankfully only one person died this year, motorcycle rider Jorge Andrés Boero sadly passed away before the end of the very first stage.

After some crazy driving over the last few weeks, the Rally has finally come to a close, with results as follows:

Cars

      Stephane PETERHANSEL (FRA)
      Joan (Nani) ROMA (ESP)
      Giniel DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

Truck

      Gerard DE ROOY (NLD)
      Hans STACEY (NLD)
      Artur ARDAVICHUS (KAZ)

Bike

      DESPRES (FRA)
      Marc COMA (ESP)
      Helder RODRIGUES (PRT)

Quad

      Alejandro PATRONELLI (ARG)
      Marcos PATRONELLI (ARG)
      Tomas MAFFEI (ARG)

A huge, crazy well done to all the winners, you can check out all the interviews and some great media over at the Red Bull Dakar Rally site.

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