Dakar plunged into mourning


Carles Falcon died on Monday from the injuries he sustained in the second stage of the Dakar off-road rally.

TwinRail Racing Team confirmed the news of his death on social media. According to medical staff, the 45-year-old Spanish motorcyclist’s neurological damage was irreversible.

Falcon was taken to a hospital in Saudi Arabia shortly after his accident, but he has been in the intensive care unit of a Spanish hospital for the last few days.

“Carles was someone who always smiled. He was an active person and he tackled everything he did with passion; especially when it had anything to do with motorcycles. He left us while he was chasing a big dream: To participate in the Dakar (off-road rally).”

Audi dominates eighth shift

Audi made its voice heard in the eighth stage of the off-road rally and Mattias Ekstrom and St├ęphane Peterhansel finished first and second respectively.

South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy completed the stage in the ninth fastest time and they still occupy fifth place overall.

They are 01:45:12 behind the leaders Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz in their Audi.

According to De Villiers, he was perhaps a little overcautious at times.

“I only realized at the finish line that it cost us two minutes. There are still a few tough shifts waiting for us and anything can still happen.”

Results (eighth shift):

  1. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist (Team Audi Sport): 03:17:15
  2. St├ęphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger (Team Audi Sport): 03:20:00
  3. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq (Overdrive Racing): 03:20:25
  4. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Team Audi Sport): 03:22:28
  5. Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 03:25:07
  6. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri (Overdrive Racing): 03:25:56
  7. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 03:27:06
  8. Romain Dumas and Max Delfino (Rebellion Racing): 03:27:26
  9. Giniel de Villers and Dennis Murphy (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 03:27:33
  10. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin (Bahrain Raid Xtreme): 03:28:15

Overall standings:

  1. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz: 33:29:10
  2. Sebastian Loeb and Fabian Lurquin: 33:57:57
  3. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon: 34:34:23
  4. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri: 35:03:28
  5. Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy: 35:14:22
  6. Guerlain Cicherit and Alex Winocq: 35:25:47
  7. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka: 35:30:33
  8. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minuadier: 35:32:25
  9. Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings: 35:53:14
  10. Benediktas Vanagas and Kuldar Sikk: 36:03:34
  • Jeanette Kok-Kritzinger from Wiele2Wiele and Stephie Vetter from the Southern Africa Dakar Group keep us informed of what is happening in the Dakar Rally and how our Southern African participants are doing.