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Dakar 2022: al-Attiyah winner ahead of Loeb; a deceased Frenchman

This Friday marks the last racing day of the Dakar 2022. 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, a winner who never really doubted. Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) dominated the event with his consistency, 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 setbacks at the start of the event, but the Qatari driver remained very solid at the head of the race. Note also the impressive burst of speed of the new Audi hybrid buggy, often the fastest race. But this first participation in the Dakar revealed too many youthful problems

. Stéphane Peterhansel was also disqualified from the general classification on the first stage, after tearing off a wheel and returning thanks to technical assistance.

A French mechanic dies in an accident

But behind the celebration 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 following an accident. He hit 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 start of the event, attributed to a terrorist act.

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