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Williams Driver Lance Stroll Confirmed for Autosport Show

Williams is delighted to announce that Lance Stroll, who will race for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING in the 2017 Formula One World Championship, will be appearing at this year’s Autosport Show (12th – 15th January 2017, NEC, Birmingham).

The Canadian will be taking to the Autosport International stage on Saturday 14th January, whilst Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams and Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley will be interviewed on Sunday 15th January. 

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Stephane Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally third stage

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel recovered from a slow start to clinch the third stage of the Dakar Rally for cars.

The 51-year-old Frenchman rallied late to finish the 780-km stage from Tucuman to Jujuy in four hours 18 minutes and 17 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of his Peugeot car team-mate Carlos Sainz of Spain.

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Toby Price wins second stage of Dakar Rally motorcycle event

Defending champion Toby Price has won the second stage of the Dakar Rally's motorcycle category. The 29-year-old Australian finished the 274km stage from Resistencia to Tucuman in Argentina in two hours 37 minutes on Tuesday and 32 seconds.

His KTM teammate, Austria's Matthias Walkner, was second, three minutes and 51 seconds behind, and Paulo Goncalves of Portugal was third, four minutes and six seconds off the pace.

"It was a really, really fast stage but with no navigation," Price said. "It was a really long day: we had a 274km special and we're at 38 or 40C right now, so it's definitely been a hot one on the bike."

Price leads the overall standings ahead of Walkner and Goncalves.

Sebastien Loeb wins Dakar Rally stage 2, takes overall lead

Nine-time world car rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France clinched the second stage of the Dakar Rally by holding off Qatari rival Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Loeb took the Resistencia-Tucuman stage in two hours six minutes and 55 seconds in his Peugeot car, one minute and 23 seconds ahead of Toyota driver Al-Attiyah on Tuesday.

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Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah wins opening stage of Dakar Rally

Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed the first stage of the Dakar Rally as he aims to win the off-road endurance race for a third time.

The 46-year-old finished the 38.5km Asuncion-Resistencia special stage in 25 minutes 41 seconds in his Toyota on Monday, comfortably ahead of former world rally champion Xevi Pons, who was 24 seconds behind in his Ford Ranger, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Hero MotoSports to make Dakar Rally debut in Asunción

Hero MotoSports Team Rally is geared-up to mark its entry into the Dakar Rally which is set to begin in Asunción from January 2, aiming to make a grand debut with Indian ace C.S. Santosh and Portuguese supercross star Joaquim Rodrigues.

Since the last race in the Oilibya Rally of Morocco in October 2016, which was the final stop for the team before the Dakar Rally, it has been a race against time for the technical team to get the bikes ready for the most gruelling race on the annual motorsports calendar.

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CTO Pat Symonds to leave Williams Racing

Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC today announced that Pat Symonds will be stepping down from the role of Chief Technical Officer of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING at the end of 2016.

Pat joined Williams towards the end of the 2013 Formula One season on a three-year contract, and in that time has helped oversee a strong turn around in the team’s performances on the race track, with 14 podiums secured over the past three seasons. Pat will be departing on 31st December 2016.

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