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2017-01-06 10:27

MADNESS! The 2017 Dakar Rally has proved to be just as gruelling as expected. Image: Supplied

Charlen Raymond

South America - The 2017 Dakar rally is well underway and already we've seen some incredible moments.

South African team Toyota Gazoo Racing has had four stages of mixed results and emotions, following their commanding win during Stage 1 of the 2017 event.

Sadly, lead driver Nasser Al-Attiyah hit a ditch and damaged his Hilux bakkie's suspension on Stage 3, forcing the veteran to retire from the event.

Gazoo Racing's hopes of winning the overall event now rests on SA driver Giniel de Villiers and Nani Roma from Spain.

READ: 'The 2017 Dakar has a lot more bite' - Toyota Gazoo Racing SA on Stage 4 battle

Peugeot again looks to be strong favourites to win with a veteran rally drivers Stéphane Peterhansel, and nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, the latter secured his first victory of the race on Stage 2.

The other Peugeot driver, Carlos Sainz, has crashed out of the event in spectacular fashion.

Below are some of the memorable moment from the first four stages of Dakar 2017: 

Sainz crashing out

Al-Attiyah starting Stage 1

De Villiers starting Stage 1:

Super close

When the locals get involved

Al-Attiyah's Hilux in bad shape

The sound of that Hilux!

Fly, Giniel, Fly!

How it all came to an end


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