Toyota HiLux driver Nasser Al-Attiyah has won this year’s Andalucía Rally in Spain in what bodes well for the upcoming 2021 Dakar rally.
Three-time Dakar Rally winner and Toyota HiLux driver Nasser Al-Attiyah came out on top at the Andalucía Rally in Spain after four days of intense racing.
The Andalucía Rally is one of many Rally Raid races prior to the Dakar, and the result bodes well for Al-Attiyah, who took the lead in stage two and stayed there, winning the rally by more than three-and-a-half minutes in his V8-powered HiLux.
“I’m so happy to win here,” Nasser Al-Attiyah said after taking out a dry and dusty Stage 4. “Thank you to Toyota Gazoo Racing, thank you to Overdrive, really this was an amazing race for us. Not easy because everybody coming here to win and show that they are ready for the next Dakar.”
Another Dakar winner and ex-World Rally Championship legend Carlos Sainz finished the rally in second place in his X-Raid Mini, while Yazeed Al Rajhi took third place overall in another HiLux. Stephane Peterhansel, a.k.a. Mr Dakar, came home in fourth overall.
The T2 (Production) class was won by Japanese driver Akira Miura in a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, who beat home his teammate Ronald Basso. Mitch Guthrie won the T3 (side-by-side) class.
In the bike race, the overall win was claimed by Argentina’s Kevin Benavides on his Honda. Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider, two-time Dakar winner, Aussie legend and all-round good bloke Toby Price took fourth place after coming home second in the final and fourth stage of the rally behind new KTM signing Aussie Daniel Sanders, who took his first stage win and finished the rally in 11th position overall.
For more details and some great Rally Raid action check out this highlights reel from the fourth and final stage: