★ Dakar 2021 - Stage 1: Jeddah > Bisha

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Saleh Al Abdalali is the one driving the Hummer right? Finished 48th today, an hour and 3 minutes behind
 

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Hey!! Blah blah blah...Americans are coming....blah blah blah...

I just noticed....There is a team in TRUCKS listed as being from the USA...now I know they are Israeli in origin so I assume that they reason they may have to put "USA" by their names is to assuage the Saudis who do not yet have formal relations (yet) but can someone confirm that they have no real US basis?
 

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Hey!! Blah blah blah...Americans are coming....blah blah blah...

I just noticed....There is a team in TRUCKS listed as being from the USA...now I know they are Israeli in origin so I assume that they reason they may have to put "USA" by their names is to assuage the Saudis who do not yet have formal relations (yet) but can someone confirm that they have no real US basis?

They were listed as being from Israel in 2018 edition?

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More moto and car action

 

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From Dakar site:

Lightweight vehicles bring together the T3 and T4 categories. T3s (race number on a violet background) are prototypes crafted by specialised makers, a launchpad for seasoned crews and the last step before the car category. T4s (race number on a white background) are based on production vehicles also known as SSVs. This booming category gives competitors the opportunity to make affordable changes to their vehicles, which remain quite similar to their production counterparts.

The aim of this category is to allow numerous amateurs to participate in an economical and fun category. This new class also enables big teams and makers to detect up-and-coming talents.

Equipped with fuel tanks no larger than 130 litres and a range of 250 kilometres, these vehicles stop at the same refuelling stations as the motorbikes.
 

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From Wiki:

Vehicles and Categories[edit]​

Main article: Dakar Rally § Vehicles and classes
In 2020 event the major vehicle categories were motorbikes, quads, cars, UTV's and trucks. The vehicles are further divided into classes and subcategories in accordance to FIA homologation.

G1 - the "Elite" motorbike group. Defined by A.S.O. "Elite" riders have all finished in the Top 10 in the general classification or have at least won a special stage in the past few years. All motorbike classes have engine capacity limited to 450cc.

G2 - the "Non-Elite" motorbike group. This subcategory sometimes called the "Super Production". To participate, the rider must have already finished at least one round of the FIM Cross-Country World Cup or a "Dakar Series" race. Another subcategory is the "Marathon" sub-class, restrictions on which components may be changed during the race applies to competitors in this category.

G3 - the quad class. Quads are subdivided into the two-wheel drive quads with engine capacity limited to 750cc and the four-wheel drive quads with engine capacity limited to 900cc.

T1 - the most common Cars class, it is a prototype vehicle, built of a tubular frame, with fiberglass or carbon bodywork shell. They commonly have a "silhouette" of a production vehicle, but in reality only a few decorative parts in common, such as lights and grille. T1 is further subdivided into petrol/diesel and 2WD/4WD subcategories.

T2 - are production vehicles modified for competition in Cars class. The FIA regulations are very strict about what can and cannot be modified or up-rated. Typical modifications include roll cage, "bucket" seats with racing safety harness, competition fuel tanks.

T3 - are lightweight prototype vehicles, often equipped with motorcycle engines. Since 2017 the T3's are classified in a separate UTV (sometimes called SSV or SxS (side by side)) category.

T4 - is the truck category. The production-based trucks that meet FIA regulations are in T4.1 subcategory. Not many compete in the Dakar Rally because they are not very suitable for crossing dunes. T4.2, the most common category is created by the Dakar Rally organizers. These are prototype trucks, with cab and certain components standard. There is also T4.3 "rapid assistance" vehicles. They are essentially mobile workshops on T4.1 or T4.2 base, built to carry parts and assist their teams vehicles in other categories.

OPEN - includes vehicles meeting technical standards different from those of the FIA, such as the American SCORE regulation, electric vehicles or powered by alternative energy sources. Beginning with the 2019 Dakar Rally, UTV's that meet national regulations are also allowed under this category. [22]
 

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Interesting stage rocky at start more sandy at the end. Prokop had really good day in results I thing it's going to interesting battle in top 10 this year. Shame kris meeke day didn't go plan today sitting fire to his spare tyre/ rear electrics.
 

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From the Pr above..the stage also seems to have taken a toll on Sebastien Loeb...that and navigational errors.
 
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