The Audi factory team has been disappointed in the 2023 Dakar Rally

The Audi factory team has been disappointed in the 2023 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally 2023: the heroes and the unlucky

Unexpected Audi controversy

Audi started as the favorite of the Dakar Rally with three electric cars. But the two-week marathon in Saudi Arabia ended in disappointment for the Audi factory squad. Toyota won again in 2023.

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Dakar participants traveled 8,500 kilometers from January 1 to 16 in Saudi Arabia. We drove through tire-killing rocky deserts and over steep sand dunes.

Wolfgang Hörner and Raoul Schinnen

16 days and 8,500 kilometers of racing in tire-killing rocky deserts and over sand dunes – that was the 2023 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. Participants were often left to their own devices. Because unlike previous years, there were more stages without service options this year. This means that drivers and co-drivers had to repair any damage overnight.

In fact, such an adventure writes heroic stories. For example, about Nasser Al-Attiyah (52) and his sailor Mathieu Baumel (46). After 2022, the duo won the off-road race again this year with their works Toyota GR Hilux. It rained completely in the third stage it took them to the top of the rankings early on – and they stayed there until the final day. The driver from Qatar and his fellow French driver benefited from the bad luck of the competition. But they also knew how to skillfully manage their great leadership. This is already the fifth Dakar victory for Al-Attiyah.