South Africa's Giniel de Villiers secured his fourth podium finish at the annual Dakar Rally when he took second overall after the final stage.
Giniel de Villiers has climbed to second in the Dakar Rally as South Africa's participation was cut back further with another withdrawal.
Nasser Al Attiyah won his third stage on the 2010 Dakar Rally on Monday and led home another Volkswagen 1-2-3 between Copiapo and La Serena in Chile.
Dakar Rally organisers remain optimistic amid a global economic downturn that has raised doubts about competitor turnout in 2010.
After years of flirting with Dakar success, SA's Giniel de Villiers was the toast of the world's most gruelling race on Saturday.
SA's Giniel De Villiers wrapped up overall victory in the Dakar Rally following Saturday's final special stage.
SA's Giniel De Villiers was within reach of the Dakar Rally title on Friday as Spanish driver Nani Roma claimed Mitsubishi's first stage win.
Carlos Sainz crashed out of the Dakar on Thursday when his Volkswagen tumbled into a ravine and rolled over, robbing the rally champion of victory.
Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah took the overall lead in the Dakar Rally on Wednesday after South African Giniel de Villiers won the fifth stage.