Veteran Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for the third time on Friday, finishing with a comfortable winning margin in the first running of the event in Saudi Arabia.
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Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso finished 13th in his Dakar debut, a distant 4hr 42min 47sec behind the winner.
He has now won the Dakar with three different manufacturers, having previously triumphed with Volkswagen in 2010 and Peugeot in 2018.
Stephane Peterhansel was third at 9min 58sec behind in his Mini. Both the Frenchman and Sainz won four stages in the marathon 12-day, 7,800-kilometre (4,800-mile) race.
Ricky Brabec triumphed in the motorbike section for Honda, becoming the first US rider to win the gruelling race.
Alonso’s first participation was a bruising affair as the 38-year-old Spaniard suffered a double rollover in the tenth stage after hitting a dune at an awkward angle.
The race was marred by the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves during Sunday’s seventh stage.
The decision to stage the race in Saudi Arabia this year and for at least the next four years sparked an angry reaction from critics of the kingdom’s human rights record.
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