JEDDAH — Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who is also the Governor of the Makkah region, on Friday sponsored the closing ceremony of the 3rd edition of the “Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally 2022”, which is is held at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in January 2022.
During the rally, competitors completed 12 stages hosted by a number of governorates, cities and regions across the Kingdom.
Prince Khaled also attended the crowning ceremony of the winners of the race in its six categories: cars, motorcycles, quads, trucks and light desert vehicles, in addition to the Dakar Classic category.
Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) and Head of Saudi Motorsport Co. (SMC), and Deputy Sports Minister Badr Bin Abdurrahman Al-Qadi were also present after the end of the 12th stage of the race which started from the governorate of Bisha to the governorate of Jeddah, and covered a total distance of 680 km, including 164 km for the special subject to timekeeping.
At the end of this stage, the Qatari rally driver, Nasser Al-Attiyah of the Toyota team won first place in the car category, ahead of Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, the driver of the “BRX” team, who finished second, while Saudi Arabian Yazeed Al-Rahi from the “Over Drive” team, achieved a historic feat by securing third place to become the first Saudi to stand on the Dakar Rally podium since its inception 44 years ago. year.
In the motorcycle category, British rider Sam Sunderland of Team GasGas took the title, while Chilean rider of Team Honda Pablo Quintanilla came second and Austrian rider Matthias Walkner of Team Red Bull KTM took third place.
Frenchman Alexandre Giroud of the Yamaha team’s quad rally driver won the title of the current edition of the rally in the quad category, twenty-five years after his father won the title in 1997, while the Argentinian Francisco Moreno, the quad rally driver of “The Drag On” team snatched second place and Poland’s Kamil Wisniewski, the quad rally driver of the “Orlin” team grabbed third place.
In the trucks category, the KAMAZ-Master crew monopolized the first three places of the 2022 Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally, as Russian rally driver Dmitry Sotnikov took first place and his colleague Eduard Nikolaev came second, followed by ‘Anton Shibalov in third place.
Chilean driver Francisco Lopez Contardo won the T3 desert light vehicle category, beating Sweden’s Sebastian Eriksson to second place, while Spaniard Christian Gutierrez came third.
Saudi rider Dania Akeel finished 8th overall, while fellow Saudi Mashael AlObaidan finished 17th on her first Dakar Rally debut.
In the T4 light desert category, American rider Austin Jones won the title, after a great competition with Spaniard Gerard Varese who finished second, while Lithuanian rider Rokas Paciuska came third in the standings.