Sainz, who had previously won the race back in 2010 suceded team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel, who had claimed the previous two editions of the Dakar.
🏆 PEUGEOT WINNER OF DAKAR— Peugeot Sport (@peugeotsport) 20 January 2018
Congratulations to @CSainz_oficial @LucasCruz74 for winning the 2018 @dakar at the wheel of the #3008DKRMaxi ! And thank you to the full #DreamTeam @Peugeot @TotalRacingENG for their hard work on this tough journey. #WeLoveDust pic.twitter.com/CufwvG3Oul
Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) came second in the race and Peugeot driver, South African Giniel De Villiers secured a place on the overall podium following his win in the thirteenth and final stage.
Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM) claimed his first ever Dakar win in Cordoba despite the stage being won by local rider Kevin Benavides (Honda).