Giniel second in Dakar rally

2013-01-19 23:36

Santiago - Stephane Peterhansel claimed a record fifth Dakar Rally drivers title on Saturday, and 11th overall of his career, while French compatriot Cyril Despres captured a fifth motorcycling crown.

Peterhansel, the champion on four wheels in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012, as well as being a motorcycle winner on six other occasions, beat Ari Vatanen's 25-year-old record of four auto titles on the gruelling endurance event.

Spain's Nani Roma claimed the event's last stage, and his fourth in 2013, as the 8,000km race ended with a 150km timed run into Santiago.

Peterhansel, taking part in his 25th Dakar, eased through the final stage to take overall victory by 42min 22sec over South Africa's Giniel de Villiers in a Toyota.

Russian Leonid Novitskiy was third, 1hr 28min 22sec behind his Mini teammate Peterhansel.

Despres, riding a KTM, added the 2013 title to his wins in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Portugal's Ruben Faria claimed second place, 10min 43sec off his teammate's pace, with Chilean rider Francisco Lopez, on another KTM, in third, 18min 48sec behind the leader.

"It's true that I needed to cross the line and see all these pictures and people here to know that no-one can take this win from me," said Despres, who was 17th on the concluding stage.

"The day when winning the Dakar becomes easy, it won't be interesting any more. And this day is still far off.

"It's too long, it's too tough, it's too hot, it's too cold, you've got to rise early in the morning, you've got to find your way out of the dune mazes in Peru and Chile, you've got to tackle the stones and cactuses on the courses near Cordoba.

"It's just too tricky for it to be easy to win. And it's even better when you win a difficult race."


  • - 2013-01-19 23:40

    Well done for making us proud to be South African at least some light in this dark (local Soccer) tunnel.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-20 04:42

    Well done again Giniel, the Dakar is easily the most hardcore motor racing event in the world.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2013-01-20 05:13

    Peterhansels car should be investigated for substance abuse........hehehehe

  • mohau.chabeli.9 - 2013-01-20 06:56

    Well done Geniel u'v done us proud. A flicker on a dark Saturday by Bafana. Infact u hv alwayz shown us ur amongst the best. Thanx bro!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-20 07:09

    Well done Giniel,awesome achievement,SA doing us proud in the bikes and quads too

  • willie.dique - 2013-01-20 08:03

    Awesome, We are proud of you.

  • mollie.kruger - 2013-01-20 08:19

    A MINI beating a TOYOTA? What is the world coming to?

  • wayne.abroue - 2013-01-20 09:15

    Well done Geniel, pity the SA media don't give you the attention you deserve. Moving up is great,,, Next year it will be yours.

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  • courtney.baird.71 - 2013-01-20 10:21

    Awesome, We are proud of you boykie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • robi.thenga - 2013-01-20 10:44

    With such a lowly funded project compared to most opponents, the quiet and always composed Giniel has done an amazing job to end in a pole position; to me he is the best the Dakar Rally has to offer...

  • jdabuys - 2013-01-20 12:27

    Well done Giniel & your team, sponsor & Toyota!

  • crispin.thompson - 2013-01-20 19:51

    Congratulations to all the South Africans who participated in the Dakar.......... - Giniel de Villiers (2nd overall in the car category) - Riaan van Niekerk (13th overall & highest placed rookie in the motorcycle category) - Darryl Curtis (2nd Dakar finish in two attempts, despite a shoulder injury) - Sarel van Biljon (3 stage wins in the quad category on his 1st Dakar ever) - Brett Cummings (successfully completed his 1st Dakar, displaying the true spirit of the rally)

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