The desert sand, the scenic mountainous terrain and the roar of the engines added an additional dimension to the Dakar Rally, held entirely in Saudi Arabia this year.
Among the photographers from around the world who have descended on the event to capture the motoring drama in the desert challenge, Spanish photographer Charlie Lopez’s image won the prize for the best shot in the Dakar 2020 Rally.
Lopez’s image reflects the nature and distinctive terrain that Saudi Arabia possesses.
The event, one of the most challenging in motor sport, started in Jeddah on January 5 and finished in Qiddiya on January 17 after 12 stages.
The Dakar Rally, being held entirely in Saudi Arabia this year after the last decade in South America, concluded its spectacular run on Friday.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz at 57 years became a triple Dakar Rally champion with the Mini X-Raid team, while American Ricky Brabec took the motorcycle crown for Honda and ended KTM’s 18-year dominance.
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