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Masuoka claimns second straight win

Updated: January 19, 2003, 2:36 PM ET
Associated Press

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan won the Dakar Rally for the second straight year, completing a grueling 18-day race that began in the French port of Marseille and ended Sunday at a Red Sea resort.

Masuoka and German navigator Andreas Schultz were timed in 49 hours, 8 minutes, 52 seconds.

"To win the Dakar once is important," Masuoka said on the rally's Web site. "To win it twice is fantastic."

In second place was the French team of Jean-Pierre Fontenay and navigator ...

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