Watch: Dakar highlightsby Web Editor on 3rd January 2017
2017 may just be a few days old but motor sport is already back, and at its most extreme.
Some 316 competitors will be tackling almost 10,000 kilometres, from Paraguay to Argentina via Bolivia, over 12 days in the race for the 2017 Dakar crown. Day one began at Asunción, Paraguay, taking in 454km to Resitencia in Argentina.
Toyota leads the way in the car category, filling three of the first five places, led by Nasser Al-Attiyah. Carlos Sainz of Peugeot ended the stage fourth, with Sébastien Loeb sixth. Last year's winner Stéphane Peterhansel is 12th, one spot ahead of Romain Dumas.
Watch highlights of stage one below.