Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah region, participated in the southern folklore during the closing ceremony of the Saudi Dakar Races 2022 in its third edition at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which was held during the period from (2 to 14) January 2022 AD, during which the contestants crossed 12 stages hosted by a number of governorates cities and regions of Saudi Arabia.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal also witnessed the coronation ceremony of the winners of the race in its six categories: (cars, motorcycles, quad bikes, trucks, and light desert vehicles, in addition to the Dakar Classic category), in the presence of Prince Khaled bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Automobile Federation. Motorcycles, the Saudi Motorsports Company, and Deputy Sports Minister Badr Al-Qadi, after the end of the 12th stage of the race, which started from Bisha Governorate, to Jeddah Governorate, and covered a total distance of 680 km, including 164 km for the special stage subject to timing.
At the end of this stage, the Qatari racer, Nasser Al-Attiyah, the Toyota team driver, won first place in the car category, surpassing the French “Sebastien Loeb”, the driver of the “BRX” team, who finished second, while the Saudi Yazeed Al-Rajhi, the “Over Drive” driver, scored a historic achievement. By achieving third place, he is the first Saudi to climb the podium in the Dakar Rally since its inception 44 years ago.
In the motorcycle category, Gas Gas rider Sam Sunderland of Britain won the title, while Chilean Pablo Quantilla, rider of the Honda team, came second, and Matthias Walkner of Austria, rider of the Red Bull KTM team, took third place. Category.
The Frenchman, Alexandre Giroud, rider of the Yamaha team, won the title of the current version of the rally in the quads category, 25 years after his father achieved the title in 1997 AD. Vishnevsky, the Orlin rider, finished third.
In the trucks category, the “KAMAZ” team monopolized the first three places in the Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia 2022, where the Russian Dmitry Stonikov won the first place, and his colleague Eduard Nikolaev came second, followed by Anton Shebalov in third place.
Chilean Francisco Lopez Contardo won the T3 light desert vehicle category, beating Swede Sebastian Eriksson, while Spain’s Christian Gutierrez came in third. Seventeenth, in their first participation in the Dakar Rally.
In the light desert T4 category, the American Aston Jones won the title, after a strong competition with Spaniard Gerard Varese, who finished second, while Lithuanian driver Rokas Paciuska came third for the standings.