Nasser Al-Attiyah has clinched his second Dakar Rally victory after dominating the 2015 edition of the event for the MINI ALL4 Racing team.

The World Rally Championship driver led for almost the entirety of the 9,000km event through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, holding his nerve in the final stages to complete MINI's dominance of the gruelling rally.

His second win after triumphing with Volkswagen in 2011, the Qatari was thrilled to win by a clear 35mins over Toyota's Giniel de Villiers.

"I promised last year when I was on the podium that I'd be back to win, and now I'm here," he said. "It was very hard to lead the race from the very beginning and to continue keeping this position on the long distance.

"Also because the race was really hard. I'm very happy about this great result and I want to thank and congratulate all mechanics and the team for the great job they have done during the two weeks. The MINI ALL4 Racing is an incredible car and it was again very nice to drive."

Beyond Al-Attiyah, MINI finished third, fourth and fifth with Krzysztof Holowczyc, Erik van Loon and Vladimir Vasilyev and marked the firm's fifth straight victory in the event.

Elsewhere, Peugeot's high profile return to the Dakar Rally ended in disappointment, with Carlos Sainz retiring early and Stephane Peterhansel finishing outside the top ten in the 2008.