|SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks.|
The first motorcycle competitors are heading towards Lima's historical district, where the final podium of the 2012 Dakar was set up on the Plaza de Armas for today's podium ceremony. The passionate crowd is waiting for the champions of the four categories. The first pilot on the podium will be Frenchman Cyril Despres, who beat his Spanish teammate Marc Coma and Portugal's Hélder Rodrigues.
Next up will be Alejandro Patronelli, after a "family rally" in which his brother Marcos (the 2010 Dakar champion) finished second, ahead of Tomás Maffei. Therefore, the Argentineans hog the quad podium.
Then it will be the cars' turn. The Minis took a one-two, with Stéphane Peterhansel grabbing his tenth Dakar ahead of Nani Roma and South Africa's Giniel de Villiers (Toyota). Finally, all eyes will turn to the truck category, in which Team Iveco also got a one-two, with De Rooy and Stacey ahead of Kazakhstan's Artur Ardavichus and his Kamaz.
2012/01/15 | 16:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/HS/ASO | PICTURE: ORLEN