History made in final stage of Dakar Rally

French driver Stephane Peterhansel of Peugeot celebrates his win in the car category.
French driver Stephane Peterhansel of Peugeot celebrates his win in the car category. DAVID FERNANDEZ

MOTORSPORT: The 38th edition of the Dakar Rally was one for the record books, with winners Sam Sunderland and Stephane Peterhansel each making history.

Sunderland secured the first Dakar triumph for a British rider in claiming the motorcycle category, extending the winning streak for KTM to an unprecedented 16 events.

Peterhansel's victory brought his own personal tally to seven wins in the car category and 13 across car and motorcycle classes, while his Peugeot team made an emphatic sweep of the podium.

The 12th and final stage was more akin to a victory lap than a Dakar test, the 64km competitive section a straightforward sprint, although competitors had a long 700km liaison route to the podium at Buenos Aires.

Among the finishers were Australian riders Todd Smith and Matt Hart, who both battled injuries along the gruelling rally.

Smith finished inside the top 20.

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