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Issue #184: Al-Attiyah's Hat-Trick

Taking to the dunes of Peru one last time, the 2019 edition of the Dakar is over and the Prince of the Desert - aka Nasser Al-Attiyah - has won his third Dakar and at the same time also gave Toyota their first ever Dakar win. It was also the first ever win for a petrol engined car in the South American incarnation of the iconic event. Ryan Wood had the full story.

Then over in Mexico City it was time for this year's Race of Champions. Team Nordic took the the Nations Cup win on Saturday, narrowly edging out the favourites Germany but oh what a surprise in the Champion of Champions race yesterday afternoon. Phillip Horton has the story!

The with less than a week to go before the 2019 World Rally Championship kicks of in the south of France, Jerry Williams previews this year's Rallye Monte Carlo. With changes galore in the driver (and team boss) line-ups, Jezza explains why he thinks that Sébastien Ogier may still be the man to beat on the unpredictable roads of the Alps Maritime.

And we are in for a treat next weekend when we will not only be reporting on the Monte but also the opening race of the 2019 sportscar season, the iconic Rolex 24hrs at Daytona. New sportscar writer Davey Euwema has a full preview of the race plus his picks for the win.

Plus we also have a feature on why our Formula 1 writers think we need to have backmarkers on the grid plus we also take a look at the new rules and regulations of the new more powerful DTM machines for 2019 where we will see how they cope without series champions Mercedes...

And as always we have all the usual news, views and stories in this week's edition of the most widely read weekly motorsport magazine in the world!