Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel have won the car category of the 2022 Dakar Rally, Al-Attiyah’s fourth win in the event. It was Al-Attiyah’s second win with Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Hilux, the truck he has driven in every Dakar since 2017. In addition to winning this rally and the 2019 edition with Toyota, he also finished second in 2018, 2020, and 2021.
Al-Attiyah had been in complete control of the rally from the middle of the first week, winning both opening stages while every other competitive entry suffered some sort of catastrophic delay in the event’s opening days. His final margin of victory, 27 minutes, is actually deceptively small; Al-Attiyah spent the entire final week of the rally avoiding risks to ensure a safe finish without a serious mistake early.
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