Lucas Cruz

Lucas Cruz

1974-12-26 (age 46)


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Team Peugeot-Total shift into race mode

The new year is off to a flying start with the engineered acoustics of the Peugeot 2008 DKR ready to echo through South America.

Peterhansel: “I’ve never gone this quickly at a test!”

The objective of the latest test, held in eastern Morocco, was to assess both performance and durability with all three crews.

MINI ALL4 Racing: DAKAR final results

All the 11 MINI ALL4 Racing that started into the 2014 Dakar in Rosario, Argentina, also crossed the finish line on 18th January in Valparaiso, Chile.

The MINI ALL4 Racing dominates the 2014 Dakar Rally

Nani Roma and Michel Périn win the legendary desert rally.

Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win

Four MINI ALL4 Racing hold the top positions in the overall standings

Second stage win for MINI ALL4 Racing driver Al-Attiyah

Al-Attiyah works his way up to third place in the overall standings

Coma hammers the result home while Peter' closes in

On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014

Despres victorious, Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel on the attack

In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.

X-Raid team has successful day at Dakar

The fourth stage, from San Juan to Chilecito, represented a true challenge: its 501-kilometre special stage was one of the longest of the 2014 Dakar Rally.

Successful start into the Dakar: Five MINI ALL4 Racing in the top 10

It was a very good start into the 2014 Dakar Rally, for the Monster Energy X-raid Team and the X-raid Team

Al Attiyah eyes victory in key Desert Challenge test

Giant dunes of UAE’s Western Region provide tough examination for Qatari’s new buggy.

Red Bull celebrates Dakar 2013 victories - video

Red Bull-sponsored teams have claimed victory in the truck and bike categories during this year's Dakar Rally along with podium finishes.

Despres: Days like this are really special

Cyril tore through the pack on Stage Nine of the 2013 Dakar Rally to put himself in pole position to win the race.

Nasser Al-Attiyah bows out of the 2013 Dakar Rally

Exclusive to - Red Bull Dakar blog by Tim Sturtridge.

De Villiers and von Zitzewitz move up to 2nd overall on stage 9

It was a dream start of the second week of Dakar as the Toyota Imperial team placed 5th in the stage, but moved up in the overall.

De Villiers and von Zitzewitz well placed and prepared for week two

The Imperial Toyota drivers and team had a welcome day off on after 8 stages of the Dakar. There was rest, relaxation, but also preparation for week two of the Dakar.

Qatar Red Bull team survived to enjoy rest day

Things heat up for Qatar Red Bull Rally Team in challenging Dakar 2013. The rest day came at the perfect time!

A sucessfull first Dakar week for Imperial Toyota drivers

South African/German duo of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz successfully defended the third place under torrential rain.

Nasser Al-Attiyah keeps his head above water

Exclusive to - Red Bull Dakar blog by Tim Sturtridge.

Trouble-free run for De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz on 7th stage

Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz continue to lead the four-wheel drive petrol T1.1 class in their proudly South African bakkie.

Toyota's De Villiers still in third after marathon stage 6

he Toyota Imperial South Africa team some lost time due to soft sand.

Bittersweet day for the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team

Exclusive to - Red Bull Dakar blog by Tim Sturtridge.

Chile: Stage 6 - Arica to Calama with soft dunes prior the hidden rocks - video

Chaleco king in his own country, bittersweet victory for Al Attiyah.

De Villiers and Toyota team fights back on stage 4

The 2009 Dakar champions hit back on the 288-kilometre stage, which featured lots of sand, dunes and fesh fesh, in a trouble-free run.

Toytoa driver de Villiers has setback in stage 3

The Dakar bites back! Vos and Howie are forced to retire with damaged roll cage. De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz lose 30 minutes and drop to fifth overall

Toyo Tires pleased with wins in first three stages

Toyo Tires® wins first three stages of the 2013 Dakar®

Class titles are wide open for Dakar 2013

Team-by-team preview for the Pan-American challenge in Peru, Argentina and Chile. While the location has changed over the years, the 35th edition will continue the tradition of being extremely demanding on the drivers and their equipment.

2011 Dakar final standings - Car

Pos Num Drivers Nat Make/Model Time Gap to 1st Penalties ---- --- ------------------------------------------------------- ------ ------------------------- ---------- ---------- --------- 1. 302 Nasser Al-Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk QAT Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 21:16:16 - - 2. 308 Giniel De Villiers, Dirk Von Zitzewitz ZA Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 22:05:57 0:49:41 - 3. 300 Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz E Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 22:36:54 1:20:38 - 4. 301 Stephane Peterhansel, Jean-Paul Cottret F BMW X3CC 23:00:04 1:43:48 - 5. 307 Krzysztof Holowczyc, Jean-Marc Fortin PL BMW X3CC 1:27:37 4:11:21 - 6. 304 Mark Miller, Ralph Pitchford USA Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 2:10:58 4:54:42 - ...

Sainz fastest, but Al-Attiyah closes in on win

The battle raged for 11 days with Nasser Al-Attiyah doggedly hanging on to his vastly more experienced team mate, two time WRC champion Carlos Sainz -- something just had to give -- and in the form of Sainz's front suspension, it did... ironically it was being unsighted by Al-Attiyah's dust is what caused him to hit the hole which tore off his wheel.

With an hour's advantage Al-Attiyah is now all but home, but to put his ascendancy into perspective, in the only arena the two have met before, the WRC, Al-Attiyah has but a single point to his name... whereas Sainz held the all time record until the FIA changed the WRC point system from top 8 to top 10. Yet it is far from a mentor and prot?g? relationship, under the VW umbrella the two of them are locked in a bitter inter-team rivalry and every kilometre fought between them has been tooth and nail.

Today though with the pressure completely off his shoulders team boss Kris ...

Sainz wins, but Al-Attiyah still in control

235km is relatively short on the Dakar scale, but after yesterday's long stage changed the leaderboard of three of the four classes, the loop around the vast dunes of the Atacama is still a real test for the whole field. The organizers shortened the special to 207km for the Car and Truck classes.

After doing what he'd been threatening for days and taking over the lead Al-Attiyah had two choices today, conserve or consolidate. Does he drive with restraint to preserve his 6 minute lead, with the risk of Sainz clawing time back, or does he attack the stage, running the risk of making a mistake and loosing the advantage? A tough choice when one of the most successful rally drivers of all time is just behind, but as he demonstrated to full effect yesterday, the Dunes are the Qatari's natural habitat so there was never really any doubt that he would be pushing ... yet Sainz was not to be outdone.

It was unbelievably close through the first part of the test. At CP1 33km in ...