Sam Sunderland became the first British competitor to win the Dakar Rally when he won the motorcycle classification on Saturday.
The 27-year-old came home 32 minutes before its closest competitor Matthias Walkner Austria after the last stage in Argentina.
KTM rider, who is based in Dubai, took the lead after stage five of the 12
38th edition of the rally began in Asunción, Paraguay and runs through Bolivia and Argentina.
In 2014 Sunderland became the first British driver to win a Dakar stage since John Deacon in 1998.
This is the third attempt to win the rally, which was forced to retire in 2012 and 2014, with a mechanical problem. 2016 winner, Toby Price to Australia, withdrew from the race this year in the fourth stage.
crossed the line
“When I crossed the line I felt the emotions hit me. The weight of my shoulders in the last week before the rally, very heavy,” said Sunderland.
“It’s tough, especially in a few seconds with an error of navigation, or when under stress, calm down. But we are here, we do it, and I could not be happier. ”
Sunderland ensure victory for safe navigation in the last special stage, the race 40 miles in the city of Rio Cuarto Argentina.
It is the 16th consecutive year KTM won the motorcycle.
French driver Stephane Peterhansel held off the challenge of compatriot Sebastien Loeb to win the seventh title of the car. He also won the title six times bicycle