France's Stephane Peterhansel defended his Dakar Rally crown to underline his reputation as the most successful competitor in history.
Peterhansel's victory is his fifth in the car category, breaking Ari Vatanen's record, and increases his tally of overall titles to 11, having also won the motorbike category on six occasions.
The 47-year-old's latest triumph was secured as he completed the 14th and final stage, which ran 346 kilometres from La Serena to Santiago, in 10th place, three minutes 43 seconds behind stage winner Nani Roma.
Peterhansel has led the 2013 Dakar since the second stage nearly two weeks ago, and was full of praise for the indomitable X-Rain Mini that made it possible.
"This is the first time since I started racing in cars that we've finished a race without a single mechanical problem," said Peterhansel, whose overall margin of victory was 42mins 22secs ahead of former winner Giniel de Villiers.
"This is the best car I've ever driven."
Peterhansel's compatriot Cyril Despres also successfully defended his title in the motorbike category, the KTM rider pacing himself to 14th place as he finished nearly 11 minutes clear of Portugal's Ruben Faria in the overall standings.
Argentina's Marcos Patronelli enjoyed a dominant overall victory in the quad class, winning by almost two hours, while Russia's Eduard Nikolaev took his maiden Dakar crown win in the truck class.
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Well done Stephane that's 11 wins in the Dakar on both bikes and in cars. A superb record and we''ll hopefully see you again next year take part in the last real motorsport adventure.