How to watch NBC Sports’ 2022 Dakar Rally coverage on the Olympic Channel

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The 2022 Dakar Rally is under way, which also means the kickoff for NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” coverage for this year.

Beginning with Sunday’s 8 p.m. ET recap on the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports will have hourlong recaps of the Dakar Rally, the prestigious endurance race that will traverse Saudi Arabia for its 44th edition. The nightly coverage also will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NASCAR on NBC analyst and reporter Parker Kligerman will provide commentary for NBC Sports’ Dakar Rally coverage.

Extended highlights from the 12-stage off-road classic (which will cover more than 5,000 miles across desert, canyons, dunes and mountains) also will be available on NBC Sports digital platforms (including the website and the Motorsports on NBC YouTube Channel) and Peacock.

The race began Saturday, Jan. 1 with the 19-kilometer prologue, which was won by three-time Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in the cars class (finishing ahead of 2020 winner Carlos Sainz).

The lightweight prototype division was won by American Seth Quintero, who is trying to become the Dakar Rally’s youngest overall category winner.

“The prologue went really well,” Quintero, 19, said. “We ended up catching a bit of traffic, but overall a good start to the rally. Now I can’t wait for the rest of it.”

Daniel Sanders took the bike class victory while Americans Andrew Short (ninth), Ricky Brabec (12th), Mason Klein (17th) and Skyler Howes (26th) all were within 10 seconds of the lead. Brabec finished second last year after winning the 2020 event.

There are nearly 1,000 competitors entered in 2022, including American Austin Jones returning after a runner-up finish in SSV last year.

Along with the Dakar Rally, NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming will continue throughout 2022 with Monster Energy Supercross, IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR, MotoGP and Monster Jam.

Here’s the daily coverage schedule of the 2022 Dakar Rally on the Olympic Channel (all times are Eastern Time):

Date Coverage Time (ET)
Sun., Jan. 2 Stage 1 – Jeddah to Ha’il 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 3 Stage 2 – Ha’il to Al Artawiyah 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Stage 3 – Al Artawiyah to Al Qaisumah 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Stage 4 – Al Qaisumah to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 6 Stage 5 – Riyadh to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 7 Stage 6 – Riyadh to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8 Rest Day 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 9 Stage 7 – Riyadh to Al Dawadimi 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 10 Stage 8 – Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad-Dawasir 7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 11 Stage 9 – Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Wadi Ad-Dawasir 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12 Stage 10 – Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Bisha 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 13 Stage 11 – Bisha to Bisha 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14 Stage 12 – Bisha to Jeddah 7:30 p.m.

 

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.