Legends of the Dakar

Legends of the Dakar

As the 2012 Dakar enters its new edition , David Evans picks his top five drivers and cars from the epic event's spectacular history

It's Dakar time again. But it's Dakar in a different format this time around. After three years of a trans-Andes loop from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires, this time the crews are leaving Argentina and heading to Peru. Via Chile. It's madness. And that's what makes it one of motorsport's biggest challenges.

The other big change for this year's event is the loss of Volkswagen. After three years of dominance from the German firm, the Race Touareg is no more. The big favourite this year is the Mini All4 Racing, prepared by the X Raid team. Dakar God and nine-time winner Stephane Peterhansel drives one of the entries, with fellow cross-country ace Nani Roma joining him in the team.

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