DAKAR | Al-Attiyah wins 4th Dakar overall, SA's Henk Lategan takes stage 12 victory

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Al-Attiyah (right) and Baumel have won the car category at Dakar 2022 in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Attiyah (right) and Baumel have won the car category at Dakar 2022 in Saudi Arabia.
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  • Toyota Gazoo Racing's Nasser Al-Attiyah didn't manage a podium finish today, but has scooped overall victory at Dakar 2022 in the car category.
  • South African Henk Lategan won stage 12 today, his second stage win at Dakar 2022.
  • Giniel de Villiers misses out on an overall podium finish, ending fifth overall in the cars category this year.
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Nasser Al-Attiyah has won Dakar 2022 in the cars category in a South African-built Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux T1+. However, the Qatari driver could not catch South African Henk Lategan today, as the local lad mustered up a terrific performance for the final stage win that carved its way through the sand from Bisha to Jeddah.

Lategan proves his mettle after 12 gruelling stages

Today's stage 12 win is Henk Lategan's second Dakar stage win in his career. He fought valiantly to bring his bakkie home with the fastest time of the day ahead of fellow South African Brian Baragwanath, who finished the stage in third place for Century Racing. 

Overall, at the end of Dakar 2022, Lategan finishes the cars category in 31st place, according to Dakar Live. Brian Baragwanath finishes in 14th place overall. 

De Villiers misses the podium 

Giniel de Villiers has ended Dakar 2022 in fifth position overall in the car category, despite experiencing one of his most challenging Dakar outings yet. The South African track and off-road racing champion, who won the Dakar in 2009, was hit with numerous penalties this year, one in fact for hitting a bike rider last week.

Fantastic performance for Toyota Gazoo Racing

In the top five finishing positions in the cars category this year, Toyota Gazoo Racing's SA team scooped first and fifth place thanks to stellar performances by Al-Attiyah and De Villiers throughout the competition.

Loeb was left disappointed in his Bahrain Raid Xtreme Hunter vehicle, having finished this year's Dakar in second place behind Al-Attiyah. 

Yazeed Al-Rajhi finished the competition in third place for Overdrive Toyota, and Orlando Terranova scooped fourth overall for Bahrain Raid Xtreme.

We'll bring you more from Dakar 2022 in our next podcast update.

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