Doing it in the Dakar

The Dakar rally provides us with some spectacular footage as trucks rampage through the deserts and mountains of South America. This year’s event was no exception, with the Russians dominating the race, coming in first, second and third in their Kamaz trucks. MAN managed fourth place with another Kamaz coming in fifth. Strong contenders Iveco started badly, losing a lot of time, but finished well, winning the final stage to finish sixth overall. The Hino team came in 16th overall, but first in the under 10 litre class, completing the course powered by a nine litre engine.

Here’s a spectacular jump for one of the Kamaz trucks:

There were plenty of thrills and spills with this dune causing plenty of  problems for many of the trucks. Don’t let the Dutch commentary put you off, it’s very clear how things are going, as they tip the truck back onto its wheels or dig their trucks out.

Here’s a closer look at the Iveco team: