PODCAST | Al-Attiyah reflects on second Dakar victory in SA-built Toyota Hilux

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• Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel won the 2022 Dakar Rally.

• Their triumph was Toyota Gazoo Racing's second win of the world's toughest race.

• Al-Attiyah has won the Dakar in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

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The 2022 Dakar Rally has come and gone, and the South African team of Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) triumphed again. With Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel leading the race from beginning to end, the in-form crew launched a relentless attack on this year's race as they gifted the team another one - following on from their 2019 triumph.

Al-Attiyah said: "Such an amazing feeling to win Dakar! We led right from the beginning, and managed to control the pace throughout the race, making it an amazing win."

The victory is Al-Attiyah's fourth Dakar conquest, having won it before in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

Al-Attiyah and Baumel's overall win wasn't TGR's only highlight on the race's final stage. Teammates Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings took victory on Stage 12, adding to their impressive victory on Stage 5 of this year's race.

Lategan said: "We've really had the full Dakar experience. The highest highs, winning a stage early on, to the lowest of lows. After our troubles in Stage 11, we woke up Friday morning and just decided to give it a go in the last stage. We had to overtake quite a lot of cars, and unfortunately, we got a puncture at one point. We thought that was the end of our chances for a second stage win, but we carried on pushing really hard to the end, and we pulled off one last stage win."

Podcast by Stephie Vetter from the Southern Afrika Dakar Group and Jeanette Kok-Kritzinger from Wiele2Wiele.

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