Isabelle Patissier at the start in Argentina.
The 2012 Dakar was not a vintage year for female participants. Isabelle Patissier was this year's leading female driver. She was 29th overall in the Dessoude Oryx Buggy, co-driven by Thierry Delli Zotti, just over 21 hours behind the winning MINI of Stephane Peterhansel.
Susan Jones was set to enter the Dakar in a Desert Warrior, but did not make the start.
No female drivers entered the Truck class this year. The only other woman finisher was motorcyclist Eulalia (Laia) Sanz Pla-Gilibert, who was 39th on a GAS.
(Picture from www.automobilsport.com)