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Motorsport: 2020 Dakar Rally, cars stage 9, Carlos Sainz Dakar

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Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel edged defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah by just 15 seconds to win stage nine of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday as pressure mounted on overall leader Carlos Sainz.

Nicknamed ‘Mr. Dakar’ for his 13 previous Dakar victories (seven in a car and six on a bike), Mini driver Peterhansel clocked 3hr 08min 31 sec on the 410km special of the mammoth 886km stage.

It was his third stage win of this Dakar, being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

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Supercars 2020: Supercars pre-season test results, drivers, Supercars news

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Will Davison has landed the first blow in season 2020, with the Milwaukee Racing pilot setting the fastest time at the BP Ultimate SuperTest on Tuesday.

Davison logged 91 laps at The Bend Motorsport Park in the eight-hour-long pre-season test, with the two-time Bathurst 1000 winner setting a day-fastest 1:47.7437s lap in the #23 Mustang.

Kelly Racing’s maiden outing as a Ford squad ended positively, with Andre Heimgartner just 0.1177s off the pace in the #7 NED Mustang.

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Supercars 2020: Mark Skaife, Holden retirement announcement

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Mark Skaife has opened up on the shock announcement of the Holden brand’s retirement, with the Supercars legend admitting discussing his “sadness” over the news.

General Motors dropped a bombshell on the motoring industry on Monday by announcing they were “retiring” the iconic Australian brand by 2021 in the wake of falling domestic sales for Holden vehicles.

Critically, the announcement has plunged Holden’s Supercars future in doubt, despite a contract extension between the brand and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team being announced in July last year.

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Daytona 500, Ryan Newman crash updates, Denny Hamlin wins, NASCAR 2020

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Denny Hamlin won his second straight Daytona 500 and third overall, beating Ryan Blaney in an overtime photo finish marred by a terrifying crash that sent Ryan Newman to hospital.

Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman hard right into the wall.

His car flipped, rolled, was hit on the driver’s side by another car, and finally skidded across the finish line engulfed in flames.

It took several minutes for his car to be rolled back onto its wheels. He was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital. Drivers were stricken with concern, including a rattled Corey LaJoie, the driver who hit Newman’s car as it was flipping.



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