Top 10 photos of the week: 2015-01-21

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Top 10 photos of the week: 2015-01-21

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10. Some racers struggle to even finish the grueling Dakar Rally. Marc Coma has won the event five times on a bike. A feat by any measure.

Bike category winner Marc Coma
Bike category winner Marc Coma

Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool

 


9. What does Rodin's The Thinker think of the new Sahara Force India livery for 2015?

The Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 livery is revealed in the Soumaya Museum
The Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 livery is revealed in the Soumaya Museum

Photo by: XPB Images

 


8. Mikkelson's one eye, perfectly lit in the darkness before a night shakedown stage at the Rally Monte Carlo. This is WRC atmosphere.

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport

Photo by: Volkswagen Motorsport

 


7. The places the Dakar Rally will take you...

#29 Honda: Laia Sanz
#29 Honda: Laia Sanz

Photo by: A.S.O.

 


6. Who will win the 2015 Daytona 24 Hours? The feat here is not pushing the button, but organizing all of these cars...it's a bit of a nightmare to be honest. But the payoff is pretty sweet.

The TUDOR United Sportscar Championship group photo
The TUDOR United Sportscar Championship group photo

Photo by: LAT Photo USA for IMSA

 


5. You might say this is a standard Dakar winner's podium photo. And it is. But it's also the iconic photo that will be seen for years to come. Like the milk drinking photo at the Indy 500, or the sea of humanity under the podium at Le Mans. Some of the most important photos in racing history have no cars in them at all.

Car category podium: winners Nasser Al-Attiyah, Mathieu Baumel
Car category podium: winners Nasser Al-Attiyah, Mathieu Baumel

Photo by: A.S.O.

 


4. De Villiers, in an attempt to catch first placed Nasser Al-Attiyah kicks mud into the air at least three times the height of his Toyota Hilux.

#303 Toyota: Giniel de Villiers, Dirk von Zitzewitz
#303 Toyota: Giniel de Villiers, Dirk von Zitzewitz

Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool

 


3. Hairpin, scenic Alps in the background, and Loeb in a Citroën beating the competition. That's Rally Monte Carlo...and this was only the shakedown. Stay tuned next week for scenes from the actual rally this weekend. Bonus points for catching the strobes from other photographers.

Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

Photo by: Citroën Communication

 


2. There aren't many words to describe some views from the middle of nowhere that the Dakar takes competitors. Just take it all in.

#329 Mini: Aidyn Rakhimbayev, Anton Nikolaev
#329 Mini: Aidyn Rakhimbayev, Anton Nikolaev

Photo by: X-Raid Team

 


1. The dust dancing and complementing the mountain range off in the distance. The powerful-looking Peugeot 2008 DKR and that famous dirt being kicked up. If you could only use one photo to describe the Dakar, this would be it.

 

#322 Peugeot: Cyril Despres, Gilles Picard
#322 Peugeot: Cyril Despres, Gilles Picard

Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool

 

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