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Dakar Rally sixth stage cancelled after rains

The sixth stage of the Dakar Rally morosports race has been cancelled after torrential rains in the Bolivian Andes mountains. Most of the 786-km stage from Oruro to La Paz was made impassable by more than 12 hours of rain, officials said on Saturday.

Bad weather also impacted Friday's fifth stage, which was cut in half after several competitors were bogged down in mud and unable to finish the course before nightfall.


Brit Sam Sunderland wins Stage 5 of Dakar Rally

Britain's Sam Sunderland (KTM) bested the field to win the fifth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally and climb to the top of the standings in the motorcycle segment, while Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel's (Peugeot) third-place finish gave him the lead in the car race.

On Friday, Sunderland completed the 219-kilometre timed portion of the stage between the Bolivian cities of Tupiza and Oruro in 2:21:54, just over seven minutes faster than Paulo Gonçalves (Husqvarna) and Adrien Van Beveren.


Injury rules defending champion Toby Price out of 2017 Dakar Rally

Australia's Toby Price, the defending champion in the motorcycle segment of Dakar Rally, was forced to drop out of this year's competition after suffering an injury in the fourth stage.

Riding for KTM, Price fell off his machine around the 371-km mark of the 521 km stage which started from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, before concluding here on Thursday.


Quintanilla takes over Dakar Rally lead as Barreda handed penalty

Chile's Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) displaced Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda) as the overall leader of the motorcycle segment of the 2017 Dakar Rally after the Spanish rider saw an hour added to his time for a penalty.

Barreda's Honda teammates Michael Metge and Paulo Gonçalves were likewise penalised when the judges concluded that all three riders had refuelled in a prohibited zone during the stage which started from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, before concluding here on Thursday.

Matthias Walkner (KTM) finished first in the stage with a time of 4:57:22.

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. 


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.


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.

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