Dakar Rally 2022, Stage 12: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins fourth overall; Austin Jones takes SSV


Nasser Al-Attiyah captured his fourth Dakar Rally championship while Austin Jones became the youngest American to win an overall class title as the 2022 rally ended Friday with Stage 12.

Al-Attiyah finished 19th in the final stage but still nearly 28 minutes ahead of Sebastien Loeb to win a rally that the Qatar native controlled virtually from winning the opening stage.

“It was an incredible Dakar for us,” Al-Attiyah, who won for the first time in Saudi Arabia with his first Dakar Rally title since 2019, said on the Dakar website. “We’re pleased with the new T1+ regulations. There were three solid teams capable of winning. (Co-driver) Matthieu (Baumel) and I, the team, we all did a good job to win. We had finished second every time since we came to Saudi Arabia, now we’re really happy to achieve our goal.

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“Toyota Gazoo Racing did a fantastic job in the span of a year by building this new car. The whole race went without a hitch. We were on high alert, but now we know that we have an amazing car and we will do our best for the world championship. We opened up a gap on the first day and have since managed our lead. We’re really happy, and I reckon we’ll start thinking of the next Dakar in a week or ten days.”

Jones, 25, overcame a 1-minute, 41-second deficit in the final stage to secure the SSV T4 overall victory with consistent results (and without a stage win).

After experiencing transmission problems in Stage 11, the Can-Am Factory South Racing driver finished third in the final stage, more than 4 minutes ahead of runner-up teammate Gerard Farres Guell, who suffered mechanical woes.

“I told you that would happen, that it was going to come down to the very end, and that’s exactly what it did,” Jones said. “We had a pretty clean day today. I drove as hard as I could, we got a couple of mistakes here and there, but overall, obviously, we got it done, and we made it. This is crazy. Shout out to my navigator Gustavo Gugelmin, who for 13 days straight has been great. The whole team, South Racing … it takes the whole team.

“I just knew what we had to do, we had a goal, and we went for it. It means everything. This is what we’ve trained (to do) for three years now. It’s the goal of any rally race. To get it done on the last day like this is a perfect ending to a really great story.”

Jones, who finished second in SSV in the 2021 Dakar, joined Ricky Brabec and Casey Currie on the list of American champions at Dakar.

In Stage 12 of the light prototype division, Seth Quintero extended a record with his 12th victory (and 10th consecutive) in the 2022 Dakar Rally. The American finished 15th overall in the T3 category because of a mechanical failure in Stage 2 that left him nearly 15 hours off the lead.

In the bike division, 2020 champion Ricky Brabec finished second to Pablo Quintanilla in the final stage for a seventh overall ahead of fellow Americans Andrew Short and Mason Klein.

Other overall champions: Sam Sunderland (bike), Dmitry Sotnikov (truck), Francisco Lopez Contardo (light prototype) and Alexandre Giroud (quad).

The 2022 Dakar Rally ended with a somber note on Stage 12 as organizers announced that Quentin Lavalee died in an assistance vehicle accident with a local truck. A 20-year-old Frenchman, Lavalee was the chief mechanic for the PH Sport team in the Dakar Classic category.

Here are the stage winners and the final top three overall in each category after Stage 12 of the 2022 Dakar Rally:


Stage 12 winner: Henk Lategan (ZAF), 1:35:19. Overall: 1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT), Toyota Gazoo Racing, 38:33:03; 2. Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Bahrain Raid Extreme, 39:00:49; 3. Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU), Overdrive Toyota, 39:34:16.


Stage 12 winner: Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), 1:40:00; Overall: 1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GasGas Factory Racing, 38:47:30; 2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Monster Energy Honda, 38:50:57; 3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 38:54:17. Other U.S. notables: 7. Ricky Brabec, Monster Energy Honda, 39:33:34; 8. Andrew Short, Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team, 39:33:38; 9. Mason Klein, BAS Dakar KTM Racing Team, 39:36:37. Withdrew: Skyler Howes, Husqvarna Factory Racing.


Stage 12 winner: Dmitry Sotnikov (RAF), 1:42:41. Overall: 1. Dmitry Sotnikov (RAF), Kamaz-Master 41:37:34; 2. Eduard Nikolaev (RAF), Kamaz-Master, 41:47:32; 3. Anton Shibalov (RAF), Kamaz-Master, 42:48:45.

Light prototype

Stage 12 winner: Seth Quintero (USA), 1:48:46. Overall: 1. Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHL), EKS — South Racing, 45:50:51; 2. Sebastian Eriksson (SWE), EKS — South Racing, 46:42:19; 3. Cristina Gutierrez Herrero (ESP), Red Bull Off-Road Team USA, 50:25:34. Notable: 15. Seth Quintero (USA), Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team USA, 60:29:12.


Stage 12 winner: Rokas Baciuska (LTU), 1:51:15. Overall: 1. Austin Jones (USA), Can-Am Factory South Racing, 47:22:50; 2. Gerard Farres Guell (ESP), Can-Am Factory South Racing, 47:25:27; 3. Rokas Baciuska (LTU), South Racing Can-Am, 47:38:08.


Stage 12 winner: Francisco Moreno (ARG), 2:14:13. Overall: 1. Alexandre Giroud (FRA), Yamaha Racing – SMX -Drag’on, 50:00:51; 2. Francisco Moreno (ARG), Drag’on Rally Team, 52:22:02; 3. Kamil Wisniewski (POL), Orlen Team, 52:28:16.


DAY 1Nasser Al-Attiyah takes overall lead as Audi drivers struggle

DAY 2Sebastien Loeb wins; Austin Jones takes SSV lead

DAY 3Led by Seth Quintero’s rebound victory, U.S. drivers and riders shine

DAY 4Overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah wins stage after penalty

DAY 5Petrucci becomes first MotoGP veteran to win bike stage at Dakar

DAY 6Quintero continues impressive win streak in lightweight prototype

DAY 7Loeb wins in overall; Jones retakes SSV lead

DAY 8DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom wins first stage

DAY 9: Americans charging as Seth Quintero nears win record

DAY 10: Quintero ties record; Peterhansel wins for Audi

DAY 11: Record broken by Quintero with 11th stage victory

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.