Sergio Lillo
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Sergio Lillo

Passionate about Motorsports since a child, he grow watching the battles between Schumacher & Hakkinen and dreaming about impossible challenges with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. From 2012 he’s writing about motorsports. Alumni of the UAM-El Pais MA, he experimented how is the work in a big newsroom, being part of the Local, International (America) and Social Media teams. He joined Motorsport.com in October 2016 and during this time he was attending Dakar in 4 occasions, two times in Le Mans and other events such WRC. In 2018 he published his first book ‘Himoinsa Team: la roja del Dakar’, the history of the first private team who battled with the best factory temas in the world’s toughest rally.

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Loeb: Second place in Dakar "nothing to be ashamed of" Dakar
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Loeb: Second place in Dakar "nothing to be ashamed of"

Sebastien Loeb says there is “nothing to be ashamed of” in losing the 2022 Dakar Rally, having done everything in his power to topple Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Prodrive fears Audi could "kill" Dakar competition in 2023

Audi will “kill” the competition in the Dakar Rally next year if the FIA doesn’t do something to balance its performance against petrol-powered cars, according to Prodrive chairman David Richards.

Dakar mechanic dies on the last liaison of 2022

A mechanic of the PH Sport team has passed away following a road accident in the last liaison of the Dakar Rally from Bisha to Jeddah.

Sunderland's second Dakar win "feels better than the first" Dakar
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Sunderland's second Dakar win "feels better than the first"

Sam Sunderland says his second Dakar Rally victory feels sweeter than the first, as the GasGas rider ended a five-year wait to add to his 2017 crown.

Loeb 'cannot do more' to beat Al-Attiyah to Dakar win

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that he ‘cannot do more’ to beat Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah to a maiden Dakar Rally win as the event enters its final two days.

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah hit by belated FIA seat belt penalty

The Dakar Rally’s FIA stewards have imposed a five-minute penalty on event leader Nasser Al-Attiyah over 24 hours after a seat belt infringement occurred during Monday’s Stage 8.

Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8 Dakar
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Loeb escapes penalty for lost spare wheel in Dakar Stage 8

The FIA has decided not to penalise Sebastien Loeb for losing a spare wheel during Monday's Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare Dakar
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Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare

Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is “really lucky” to finish the Stage 8 and retain the lead of the Dakar Rally after suffering a mechanical scare with a broken rear differential.

Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 8: Ekstrom wins for Audi, Al-Attiyah struggles

Mattias Ekstrom claimed Audi’s second stage victory of the 2022 Dakar Rally on Monday, while a troubled day for Nasser Al-Attiyah allowed Sebastien Loeb to close the gap further in the overall standings.

GCK Motorsport unveils hydrogen prototype for 2024 Dakar Rally

Green Corp Konnection has showcased its new hydrogen prototype with which it hopes to contest the Dakar Rally in 2024.

De Villiers: Death threats after Dakar bike crashes "upsetting"

Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers says it was “upsetting” to receive online abuse and death threats after he was involved in two bike incidents in the opening days of the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Al-Attiyah: 2022 Dakar regulations have made my life easier

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says the new regulations for the 2022 Dakar Rally have “made my life easier”, believing he now has a fair chance at a fourth career win.

FIA dismisses Sainz's complaints about Audi Dakar disadvantage

The president of FIA’s cross-country commission Jutta Kleinschmidt has refuted Carlos Sainz’s suggestion that Audi’s electric car has been “penalised” in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Organisers have no plans to stop Dakar despite French minister comments

Dakar Rally director David Castera insists the organisation has no intention to cancel the 44th edition of the event despite comments from France's Foreign Minister.

French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion Dakar
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French minister considering cancelling Dakar after car explosion

France's Foreign Minister says the country is considering cancelling the 2022 Dakar Rally following a car explosion in the run-up to this year's event.

De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident Dakar
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De Villiers gets five-hour Dakar penalty for second motorcyclist incident

Giniel de Villiers has received a five-hour penalty in the Dakar Rally overall standings, leaving him out of the battle for victory after a second incident with a motorcyclist.

French anti-terror agency to investigate Dakar Rally blast

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the explosion that seriously injured a driver before the start of the Dakar Rally in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023
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WRC investigating possible return to Argentina in 2023

The World Rally Championship could return to Argentina next year after new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said talks to bring the championship back to South America are underway.

Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy Dakar
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Audi won't appeal against Dakar roadbook after Stage 1 controversy

Audi has decided not to appeal against the roadbook for the opening stage of Dakar Rally after Carlos Sainz lost more than two hours searching for the correct route.

Dakar 2022 leader Al-Attiyah fined for breach of rules Dakar
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Dakar 2022 leader Al-Attiyah fined for breach of rules

Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah has been hit with a €5,000 fine and a suspended disqualification for failing to connect the data logger to his Toyota.

Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos? Dakar
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Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos?

The 2022 Dakar Rally began in earnest on Sunday with a tricky first stage in Saudi Arabia, but the roadbook again came under fire for a lack of clarity. Competitors and rally organiser ASO explain what happened.

New FIA president confident Hamilton won’t walk away from F1
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New FIA president confident Hamilton won’t walk away from F1

Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem feels confident Lewis Hamilton will not walk away from Formula 1 after his controversial title defeat in Abu Dhabi last month.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi endured a disastrous day in Saudi Arabia with its electric RS Q e-tron challenger.

Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain Dakar
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Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain

The second and third stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally will no longer run to 'marathon' rules after heavy rain in Saudi Arabia.

Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash Dakar
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Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel has effectively dropped out of contention for victory in 2022 after suffering heavy damage to his Audi in Sunday's opening stage.

The technical and regulatory battle of Dakar 2022

The FIA and the ASO are facing one of the greatest challenges in the history of the Dakar Rally as they aim to balance cars built to T1+ and T1U regulations.

Dakar issues warning alert after car explosion in Jeddah Dakar
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Dakar issues warning alert after car explosion in Jeddah

The organiser of the Dakar Rally has issued a warning statement on the opening day of the marathon following a road car explosion in Jeddah.

Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah, Sanders fastest in Prologue Dakar
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Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah, Sanders fastest in Prologue

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah topped Saturday’s Prologue for the 2022 Dakar Rally in the cars category, while GasGas rider Daniel Sanders set the pace in only his second appearance in the bikes class.

Toyota's Al-Attiyah sees himself as Dakar 2022 favourite Dakar
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Toyota's Al-Attiyah sees himself as Dakar 2022 favourite

Toyota’s star driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says 2022 is the “right time” to add a fourth Dakar Rally victory to his CV after coming close to the top prize in the previous two Saudi Arabia events.

Petrucci cleared to race in Dakar after false COVID positive Dakar
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Petrucci cleared to race in Dakar after false COVID positive

MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci has received the medical approval to contest the 2022 Dakar Rally after an initial COVID-19 PCR test return a positive result.

Rebellion boss out of Dakar 2022 after fire engulfs car

Rebellion has been forced to retire its #251 entry from the Dakar Rally after Alexandre Pesci's DXX RD Limited prototype suddenly caught fire during shakedown on Wednesday.

Dakar drivers having to adapt driving style for new 2022 cars Dakar
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Dakar drivers having to adapt driving style for new 2022 cars

One-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma says competitors are having to “rebalance” their driving styles to adapt to faster but less agile T1+ cars for 2022.

Toyota's Al-Attiyah scores dominant Morocco Rally win

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated from start to finish to claim victory in the 2021 Morocco Rally, as Pablo Quintanilla took top honours in the bikes category.

Prodrive to use biofuel in Dakar 2022

The Prodrive-managed Bahrain Raid Xtreme team will use a new fuel with sustainable components in its new BRX T1+ in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Alonso under investigation for yellow-flag infringement in Turkey Turkish GP
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Alonso under investigation for yellow-flag infringement in Turkey

Fernando Alonso has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix for allegedly not slowing for double-waved yellows in qualifying.

Laia Sanz ends two-wheel Dakar career, will switch to cars
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Laia Sanz ends two-wheel Dakar career, will switch to cars

Laia Sanz has decided to bring an end to her Dakar Rally career in the motorcycle category, and is set to contest the event on four wheels for the first time next January.

Sainz: Winning Dakar "has to be the goal" in first year with Audi

Carlos Sainz says he has to target victory in the 2022 Dakar Rally after joining forces with Audi, but is aware of the "gigantic challenge" the German manufacturer faces with a complex electric powertrain.

Audi's Dakar prototype completes two-week Morocco test
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Audi's Dakar prototype completes two-week Morocco test

The new Audi RS Q e-tron has completed two weeks of testing in Morocco ahead of its debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

Toyota reveals revamped Hilux 4x4 ahead of 2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing has showcased the first images of its revamped GR DKR Hilux T1+ that will compete against new cars from Audi and Prodrive in the Dakar Rally next year.

Prodrive completes shakedown with new Dakar Rally contender
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Prodrive completes shakedown with new Dakar Rally contender

The Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team shook down its new and wider BRX Hunter T1 contender for the first time this month in the UK.

Ferrari's Molina convinced Corvette 'has something extra'

Corvette's pair of C8.Rs will be a threat in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours despite a subdued showing in last Sunday's test day, believes Ferrari driver Miguel Molina.

The technical secrets behind Audi's 'electric' Dakar challenger

Audi's ‘electric’ prototype for the 2022 Dakar Rally is one of the most complex cars ever to compete in the world’s most prestigious rally raid. We delve deep into its tech secrets.

Audi reveals new electric-powered Dakar challenger

Audi Sport has officially revealed the RS Q e-tron challenger in its full guise ahead of the marque's debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The FIA and ASO have announced a new Cross-Country World Championship for 2022, which will have the Dakar Rally as its main event.

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry
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Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car.

Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally's T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year.

Dakar chief responds to Loeb, Sainz after heavy criticism

Dakar Rally director David Castera has promised a more balanced 2022 event after this year’s rally-raid was heavily criticised by heavyweights Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event
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Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event

The Dakar Rally will be held entirely in Saudi Arabia for a third year in succession in 2022, but organiser ASO has promised a “80-85%” new route and a return to the Empty Quarter desert.

Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Factory Mercedes driver Juncadella returns to DTM with GruppeM

Daniel Juncadella will return to the DTM this year to drive GruppeM's sole factory-supported Mercedes entry in the series.

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the FIA World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro.

Garcia on emotional Rolex 24 win after bereavements and COVID

Rolex 24 winner Antonio Garcia was left crying from “emotion and rage” after missing the celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test, soon after the deaths of his grandfather and former mentor Adrian Campos.

The making of South America's first Dakar bikes champion

Kevin Benavides made Dakar Rally history on Friday by becoming the first South American rider to win the event on two wheels. This is the story of the Argentinian rider and his rise to the top.

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego" Dakar
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Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue. 

KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage Dakar
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KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage

KTM rider Sam Sunderland admits he faced an "impossible" task trying to overhaul Honda's Kevin Benavides on the final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally while opening the road.

Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage Dakar
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Barreda runs out of fuel on penultimate Dakar stage

Honda rider Joan Barreda is out of the Dakar Rally after running out of fuel on Thursday's penultimate stage.

Dakar shortens penultimate stage due to bad weather

Stage 11 of the Dakar, the penultimate stage of the 2021 edition, has been shortened by 47 kilometres due to bad weather in the area.

Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires

Kevin Benavides moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally after overnight leader Jose Cornejo retired from the race following a crash on Wednesday's Stage 10.

Loeb retires from 2021 Dakar Rally after latest issue

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday’s Stage 8.

Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre Dakar
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Price surprised to complete stage on damaged tyre

KTM rider Toby Price admits he is surprised that his damaged rear tyre held together on Monday's eighth stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally.