Dakar Rally favourites look ahead to 2021 event

VIDEO SHOWS: DAKAR RALLY DRIVERS CARLOS SAINZ, STEPHANE PETERHANSEL AND NASSER AL-ATTIYAH IN ACTION / SPEAKING AHEAD OF JANUARY'S 2021 EDITION OF THE DAKAR RALLY IN SAUDI ARABIA

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1. VARIOUS OF CARLOS SAINZ IN ACTION

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REIGNING DAKAR RALLY CHAMPION, CARLOS SAINZ, SAYING:

"Still, we have a little bit of time. For sure, we will fine tune until the last moment everything, but I am in a good shape. I think I've been able to go through my routine. I more or less know myself and I always prepare in the same way the race."

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3. VARIOUS OF STEPHANE PETERHANSEL IN ACTION

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHANE PETERHANSEL, SAYING:

"I have also a feeling that the car is really competitive. The car is ready. The team is motivated. So for me, I will try to push as much as possible because if I can get one more victory, it will be nice."

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5. VARIOUS OF NASSER AL-ATTIYAH IN PREPARING TO DRIVE

6. VARIOUS OF ATTIYAH IN ACTION

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH, SAYING:

"The Andalucia Rally (victory) certainly gave me a lot of confidence. When you go and win the first edition of the Andalucia Rally and all the competitors who will take part in Dakar were there, it certainly gives you a lot of confidence and is excellent preparation for the Dakar Rally."

8. VARIOUS OF ATTIYAH IN ACTION

STORY: Some of the favourites for January's Dakar Rally, including reigning champ Carlos Sainz, are gearing up for the epic race which will take drivers through the varied landscapes of Saudi Arabia for the second year running.

Sainz recently said he believes he is in good shape with only some fine tuning to work out before the January 3-15 rally kicks off.

Stephane Peterhansel, who finished third in 2020, said his car and his team were ready to go for the win in 2021.

And 2020 runner-up, Nasser Al-Attiyah, said he was feeling confident after beating Sainz to win the Andalusia Rally in October which was the main warmup event to next year's Dakar.

The second edition to be held in Saudi Arabia will follow a gruelling loop through the Middle Eastern country that will start and finish in the western Saudi city of Jeddah.

(Production: Mussab Al-Khairalla, Kurt Michael Hall)