The 2015 Dakar Rally finished on January 17 with winners in four categories: Marc Coma from Spain in bikes, Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar in cars, Ayrat Mardeev from Russia in trucks, and Rafal Sonik from Poland in quads (also known as all terrain vehicles – ATVs). The Dakar Rally is an annual long distance off-road race that takes place over two weeks. It started in 1978 and most of the races began in Paris, France, and ended in Dakar, Senegal.
In 2009, the race was moved to South America because of political instability in Africa. This year, the race started and finished in Argentina, and went through Bolivia and Chile. The Dakar Rally is a difficult and wild race – it goes over sand dunes, rocks, grass, rivers, mud, and can be quite dangerous. This year, the race started with 420 vehicles, and ended with 216. The race was around 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) long.