Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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It was a perfect start to Dakar 2018 for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, as its new Toyota Hilux showed its strength on the opening stage of the grueling event.
SAA Cargo is proud to be the air freight partner of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team for the 2018 Dakar Rally, which takes place from 6 to 20 January in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.
For its 40th edition, the Dakar rally is revisiting the Pacific Ocean and the dunes of Peru. Check out the gueling route!
Stephane Peterhansel has won a seventh Dakar Rally car title ahead of French Peugeot team-mates Sébastien Loeb and Cyril Despres.
British rider Sam Sunderland is poised to win his first Dakar motorbike title after Paulo Goncalves claimed the 11th and penultimate stage.
Dakar Rally organisers have been forced to slash the seventh stage as the gruelling 9000km race continues to be plagued by torrential rain in Bolivia.
Defending motorcycle champion Toby Price was forced out of the Dakar Rally after breaking his left leg.
South African 2009 Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers posted a video of his Toyota Hilux race car being offloaded on a busy street in Asunción, Paraguay.
Stephane Peterhansel will target a 14th victory on the Dakar Rally, played out over 9000km of gruelling terrain which includes criss-crossing the Andes and confronting the unique physical demands of Bolivia's thin air.
The 2018 Dakar starts on 6 January with the motorsport world focussed on Peru and the start at Lima. Is world's toughest race over its 2017 troubles?
Peugeot driver Sébastien Loeb suffered a puncture on the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally, all but handing a 13th crown to compatriot Stéphane Peterhansel.
Stephane Peterhansel has won a seventh Dakar Rally title ahead of Peugeot team mates Sébastien Loeb and Cyril Despres.
Stephane Peterhansel reclaimed the lead of the Dakar Rally after he was rewarded for his sporting decision to stop and help a seriously injured competitor.
Former champion Carlos Sainz of Spain has been forced out of the Dakar Rally after his Peugeot was badly damaged in an accident, his team has said.
Decorated Frenchman Sebastien Loeb scorched to victory in the second stage of the Dakar Rally.
When Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz don their fireproof Toyota Gazoo Racing SA suits for the 32nd Dakar Rally in Asuncion on January 2 2017, they will celebrate a racing partnership stretching over a full decade.
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