al-Attiyah victorious over Loeb; a deceased French

This Friday marks the last day of the Dakar 2022 race. Nasser al-Attiyah wins after 8,000 km of racing, but a fatal accident tarnishes this edition.

End clap for the 2022 edition of the Dakar! After more than 8,000 km traveled in Saudi Arabia, the rally-raid today experienced its last day of racing. At the end of the day, a winner who never really doubted. Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) dominated the event by its regularity, even if Sébastien Loeb and Stéphane Peterhansel were able to be very quick at times. He finished 27 minutes ahead of Loeb and his BRX buggy.

Nasser al-Attiyah wins here his fourth Dakar. Behind, Sébastien Loeb continued to believe in possible victory, despite some setbacks at the start of the race, but the Qatari rider remained very solid in the lead of the race. Note also the impressive speed of the new Audi hybrid buggy, often the fastest race. But this first participation in the Dakar revealed too many youth problems. Stéphane Peterhansel was also disqualified from the general classification from the first stage, after having torn off a wheel and having returned thanks to technical assistance.

French mechanic dies in accident

But behind the feast of the winners (including Alexandre giroud, the first Frenchman to win the quad race), this last day was marked by tragedy. Quentin Lavallee, a French mechanic in charge of a Peugeot 205 T16 entered in the Dakar Classic, is died as a result of an accident. He collided with a civilian vehicle during a liaison, aboard his assistance vehicle. Maxime Frère, his Belgian passenger, was injured but is conscious. Another difficult time for the Dakar, after the explosion of a car at the opening of the event, attributed to a terrorist act.

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