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Dakar Rally 2023: Final Results, Winner Prize Money and Reaction

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2023

Toyota's driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (R) of Qatar and his co-driver Mathieu Baumel of France celebrate their victory after winning the Dakar Rally 2023, at the end of the last stage between between Al-Hofuf and Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on January 15, 2023. - Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah won his fifth Dakar Rally driver's title and second in a row today after the iconic test of endurance finished in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Nasser Al-Attiyah captured his second straight Dakar Rally on Sunday in dominant fashion, moving into second place in the event's all-time list in the process.

Al-Attiyah now has five wins in what's been considered arguably rally racing's top event. Stephane Peterhansel holds the all-time record with 14 Dakar wins, eight of which came in the premier car category.

SΓ©bastien Loeb finished in second place but was more than 80 minutes behind in the overall standings.

"To beat them, you have to have a perfect race," Loeb said, per ESPN.

Knowing he was well ahead of the field, Al-Attiyah settled himself in for a quiet race and finished the final stage in eighth place. Al-Attiyah was in the lead for 13 of the 15 stages and never left much doubt about the end result.

"We didn't have to attack like crazy," Al-Attiyah said. "We managed to get through the second week and win, that's what really matters."