The six-hour Dakar sports car race was held on Sunday (9 March). A French team,?
The six-hour Dakar sports car race was held on Sunday (9 March). A French team, Touroule-Calmel, took the first prize with their Porsche Carrera.
Other drivers included the well-known French pair Formula One drivers, Henri Pescarolo and Jean-Pierre Beltoise, but they were not placed.
Piger Jos, driving a Ligier JS2, was placed second, and third were Patrick Richetti and Max Dumoulin who drove an Alfa Romeo.
The eventful race saw Jean Lablanche dropping out when the engine of his car burst into flames.
SYNOPSIS: This year's six-hour Dakar sports Car Race was held in the Senegalese capital of Sunday. It attracted many French drivers, including Formula One racers Henri Pescarolo and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
The Minister for State for Youth and Sport, Mr. Joseph Mathiem, and the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Senegal's west region, Mr. Amadou Gaye, started the race.
An hour after the race started, car number four, a ligier JS2 driven by Jean Lablanche, burst into flames. But Lablanche was not hurt.
From the start of the race, Touroule and Calmel driving a Porsche Carrera went into the lead and held it to the end of the race.
The second place was keenly fought between Piger Jos, driving a Ligier JS2 and Patrick Richetti with Max Dumoulin, driving an Alfa Romeo. In the final laps Touroule and Calmel shot past the chequered flag to win. Piger drove into second Place, while the third place was taken by Patrick Richetti and Max Dumoulin.