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Jehan Daruvala defends Lady Wigram Trophy

Jehan Daruvala representing the Sahara Force India Academy, achieved the rare distinction of successfully defending the Lady Wigram Trophy Title. The Mumbai based teenager had won the same trophy which is amongst New Zealand’s most prestigious races, in spectacular fashion last year, after starting 15th on the grid.  Jehan is the first racer since 1993 to successfully defend the trophy!

In race 2, earlier in the day, Jehan started fifth as per the reverse grid rules. A bad start by him meant he fell down the order to 8th. The 3.33 Ruapuna Circuit at Christchurch is immensely difficult to overtake and Jehan was unable to gain back his lost positions. On the penultimate lap, the racer behind Jehan made an opportunistic lunge in a bid to overtake Jehan. The move resulted in contact and Jehan’s right front wheel had extensive damage, forcing him to retire from the 15 lap race. The race was won by Thomas Randle of Australia.

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Sunderland, Peterhansel crowned Dakar Rally Champions

British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland (KTM) clinched his first Dakar Rally title, while Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot) narrowly held off countryman and Peugeot teammate Sebastian Loeb in the car race to win his 13th championship.

Sunderland came out on top with an overall time of 32:06:22, exactly 32 minutes ahead of Austria's Matthias Walkner and 35:40 in front of Spain's Gerard Farres Guell on Saturday.

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Sebastien Loeb extends lead in Dakar Rally

Nine-time World rally champion Sebastien Loeb extended his overall lead in the Dakar Rally by winning the 10th stage in Argentina.

The 42-year-old Frenchman finished the 448km journey on Thursday from Chilecito to San Juan in four hours 54 minutes and 28 seconds, two minutes and 33 seconds ahead of compatriot and Peugeot teammate Cyril Despres.

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Sebastien Loeb wins 8th stage to takeover Dakar Rally lead

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has taken the overall lead in the Dakar Rally after winning the eighth stage.

The 42-year-old Frenchman finished the 417-km journey from Uyuni in Bolivia to the Argentine city of Salta in four hours 11 minutes and two seconds on Tuesday -- three minutes and 35 seconds ahead of defending champion Stephane Peterhansel.

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Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel hangs on to Dakar Rally lead

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Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel maintained the Dakar Rally lead by winning the shortened seventh stage in Bolivia. The 51-year-old finished the La Paz-Uyuni leg in one hour 54 minutes and eight seconds on Monday, just 48 seconds ahead of fellow Frenchman and Peugeot teammate Sebastien Loeb.

South Africa's Giniel de Villiers was third in a Toyota, three minutes and 33 seconds behind Peterhansel.

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