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Dakar Offroad Rally
2001: Paris - Dakar
Jutta Kleinschmidt and Andreas Schulz in a Mitsubishi Pajero
won the car section of the 2001 Paris Dakar.
Hiroshi Masuoka and Pascal Maimon in a Pajero EVO were second.
Jean-Louis Schlesser and Henri Magne in a Schlesser Megane buggy were third,
unable to stretch their wins of 2000 and 1999 to three
despite a late charge.
The finish was controversial with the buggies of Schlesser and Servia being penalised because they were considered to have "contributed to Masuoka going off the road" on the penultimate stage 19: The buggies started ahead of Masuoka, not behind him as should have been the case according to the standings. Masuoka subsequently damaged his Pajero while trying to overtake Servia.
There was a Paris start again, on 1 January.
2000: Dakar - Cairo
In a new development, the 2000 event, 6 January - 23 January,
was run from Dakar to Cairo
(recalling the 1975 expedition using four British Army
across the Sahara from Dakar in the west to the Red Sea in the east).
The rally visited Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, and Egypt.
Competitors were air-lifted over Niger because of the threat
of armed attck.
The overall results were:
1999: Granada - Dakar
Jean Louis Schlesser and Philippe Monnet
drove a 4x2 Schlesser Buggy to victory
in the 1999 Granada-Dakar Rally.
Schlesser had been competitive with the Mitsubishi Pajeros
in recent years but had never quite managed the win - until this year.
The Schlesser buggy of Jose Maria Servia / Thierry Delli-Zotti
had held the lead early in the rally before dropping out.
1998: Paris - Dakar
In 1998 the 4WD Rally returned to something more like the original concept, i.e. it actually began in Paris, at Versailles. Sunday 18 January 1998: Jean-Pierre Fontenay, driving a Mitsubishi, won the Paris-Dakar Rally. It was his 15th year of participation. Stephane Peterhansel won the motorbike section riding a Yamaha.Overall results:
1998 provided plenty of excitement, with competitors coming under fire from the Tuareg and a Tatra truck being stolen. A notable performance was a Nissan Patrol winning class T3 (relatively standard) and coming in 6th overall.
1997: Dakar - Agades - Dakar
Due to the political situation in North Africa, the January 1997 rally could not travel through from Spain and so took the form of a loop from Dakar out to Agades and back to Dakar.
Missing this year were the special super-fast four wheel drive rally cars. Present were the (just) very fast modified four wheel drives especially Mitsubishis, the motorbikes and the amazing 4x4 trucks.
Mitsubishi team orders decided the final placings.
Uta Klein Schmidt (sp?) driving a Schlesser buggy became the first woman to win a stage of the Dakar.
1996: Granada - Dakar.
Citroen number 201 (Lartigue) winner of the car section of the 1996 Granada - Dakar rally.Overall Results, Cars / Trucks 1996:
Porsche 959 all-wheel-drives finish 1, 2, 6 in the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Porsche 911 all-wheel-drive wins the Paris-Dakar Rally.
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