One of the most challenging events in the world Dakar Rally’siaccompanied by strict COVID-19 measures In saudi arabia ended.
The race, which was held in Saudi Arabia for the second time in a row, was held for the 43rd time this year. 295 racers competed for a total of 7,646 km, of which approximately 5,000 km were special stages, during 12 stages. 2021 stages had a different route from the previous year by 80-90%, which provided equal conditions for all competitors to win. The race, which started on January 3, ended in Jeddah on January 15, and only the toughest, toughest and highest performing teams reached the finish.
In 2021, some new rules and practices were tried; road notes were made electronic and shared with the teams via tablets. In addition to the mandatory airbag vests, maximum speeds have been reduced to further increase safety for motorcycle and quad class riders. In addition, the legend of Dakar, 26 vehicles that started in this race before 2000 competed in the Dakar Classic class, which opened for the first time.
French Stephane Peterhansel, a Dakar legend, was the winner of the automobile category in the famous race. Hansel, who won the Dakar Rally for the 14th time in which he competed with the Mini, broke a difficult record. Another rival of Peterhansel, who won 14 minutes 51 seconds ahead of Nasser Al-Atiyah in second place, Carlos Sainz, the popular name of motorsport, finished 3rd this year in the race he won last year. The winner in the quad category was Argentine Manuel Andujar. Andujar, who competes with the door number 154, took the first Dakar Rally start in 2018, and in its 3rd year, it won the quad category with great success.
There was also a loss in Dakar 2021
A sad news came from Pierre Cherpin at the Dakar Rally. French Cherpin, who competed in the amateur class in the motorcycle category, died in the 7th stage accident. Cherpin started at the Dakar Rally for the fourth time and was 52 years old. The Kamaz Rally Sport team, which dominated the race from beginning to end in the truck category, reached victory with Russian driver Dmitry Sotnikov. Francisco Chaleco Lopez was the first winner of the LWV category in which light terrain vehicles compete.
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