INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
BEFORE beginning his maiden Dakar adventure on four-wheels, Mohamed Issa Abu Issa had set a realistic target of a top-10 finish and he did exactly that. 
Peterhansel wins 13th Dakar title
The 51-year-old added the 2017 title to his previous six wins on four wheels and his six on two, the first coming in 1991 on the world's toughest rally.

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Stephane Peterhansel took back the overall Dakar Rally lead from Sebastien Loeb after regaining time lost in tending to stricken Slovenian bike rider Simon Marcic when they collided on the 10th stage in Argentina.

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QATAR’S Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, one of the early favourites, pulled out of the gruelling Dakar Rally after just three stages following extensive damage to his Toyota Hilux. 

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Stormy conditions in Bolivia forced organisers to shorten the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday, with defending champion Stephane Peterhansel moving clear after fellow Frenchman Sebastien Loeb took the day's honours.

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Former champion Carlos Sainz of Spain has been forced out of the Dakar Rally after his Peugeot was badly damaged in an accident.

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Cyril Despres took his first stage win and wrested the overall lead from Sebastien Loeb in the Dakar Rally as defending motorcycle champion Toby Price withdrew after fracturing his left thigh bone.
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Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah has been forced to pull out midway through the event after damage to his stricken Toyota proved too great to fix.
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Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah's hopes of repeating his 2011 and 2015 Dakar Rally victories disappeared after the Qatari ripped a wheel off his Toyota and lost two hours and 17 minutes on a third stage won by reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel.
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FOR Mohamed Issa Abu Issa, the 2017 Dakar Rally presents a challenge of a different kind. After driving a quad bike for three years at the event, the Qatari is making his debut in the cars category. 
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