Only a quarter of the race remains in the 90th Anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans, although that’s still the length of a standard FIA World Endurance Championship event. More long safety car periods have occurred as this year’s Le Mans passes the 18-hour mark.
The most recent involved a spin by Andrea Belicchi in the No. 13 Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota (pictured) on the exit of the second chicane on the Mulsanne straight. Belicchi tore off the front end of his car against an Armco barrier and slowly trundled back to the pits with his wounded chariot.
That takes Rebellion out of the overall top five and should promote the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, which had an alternator replaced, back to the top five shortly.
It’s still No. 2 Audi from No. 8 and No. 7 Toyotas in LMP1, with the two OAK Racing Morgan Nissans 1-2 in LMP2 (No. 35 ahead of No. 24) and the Greaves No. 42 Zytek ZS11 Nissan P3 in class.
The GTE ranks are still led by Aston Martin, with the No. 99 Vantage in GTE Pro, and Porsche, with the No. 76 Imsa Performance Matmut 911 in GTE Am.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
MORE: Stage 13 wrapup
MORE: Stage 12 wrapup
MORE: Stage 11 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions
MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
MORE: Stage 7 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 3 wrapup
MORE: Stage 2 wrapup
MORE: Stage 1 wrapup