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Carlos SAINZ, Lucas CRUZ and their Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi triumph on a Dakar Rally that makes history

DAKAR 2018 | A THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN FOR PEUGEOT
After 8793 kilometres of dunes, mountain passes, rocky tracks and assorted hazards through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, the crew of Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz have given the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi a magnificent victory on the 40th Dakar Rally. This third consecutive success for Team Peugeot Total on the most demanding rally in the world mirrors the commercial success of the PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, which was voted ‘Car of the Year’ in 2017.

PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY
The route of the 40th edition of the Dakar proved to be particularly demanding on the mechanical side. Following this demanding endurance test of nearly 9000 kilometres, not only did the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi win seven out of 13 stages but it also demonstrated remarkable reliability. The only issues encountered were minor gear selection issues, while the reason for retirement of the n°306 PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi was not down to any technical problems. The new BF Goodrich tyres proved to be remarkably strong over the demanding South American terrain, while TOTAL lubricants ensured optimal performance from the engines despite the altitude and extreme conditions.

 

THE REVENGE OF ‘EL MATADOR’
Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz have been unlucky over the last three Dakars but they bounced back in the strongest possible way. Having driven a masterful rally from the start, the two Spaniards demonstrated both performance and consistency at the wheel of the n°303 PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi. They won SS6 and SS7 (out of 14) to take a lead on the marathon stage that they were never to lose. The winners of the 2010 Dakar were on the top step of the podium again by reaching Cordoba with a 43min40s advantage over their rivals. This victory underlines their unrelenting investment into PEUGEOT’s rally raid project, having put all their expertise and talent into the set-up of the DKR cars.

 

THE TRIBULATIONS OF ‘MR DAKAR’
Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Dakars with PEUGEOT, had an action-packed rally with two unfortunate setbacks. On SS7 (of 14) the n°300 crew had to swerve to avoid a quad bike stopped in the middle of the road and destroyed their car’s left-rear suspension against a hidden rock. Then at the start of SS13, the reigning Dakar champions hit a tree, which damaged their power steering. On both occasions, their team mates Cyril Despres/David Castera helped them fix their car and continue. These mishaps meant that they lost first and then second place in the overall classification. Nonetheless they finished fourth after proving to be the fastest crew of the whole Team PEUGEOT Total squad, with three stage victories.

 

DESPRES/CASTERA, RAPID AND DEPENDABLE
The first Team PEUGEOT Total crew to win a stage on the 2018 Dakar was Cyril Despres and David Castera, who claimed the overall lead at the end of SS2, showing that they have taken another step forward in terms of performance. Unfortunately, the ambitions of the two former bike riders were undone by a rock coming out of the road at kilometre 180 of SS4. This destroyed the right-rear suspension of the car, which stopped the duo in their tracks. With the help of Team PEUGEOT Total’s service truck, also entered in the competition, the n°308 PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi crew was able to continue, but with a severe delay. From then on, demonstrating amazing team spirit, the duo dedicated themselves to helping their team mates, while setting some impressive stage times when the opportunity arose (such as on SS8 and SS11). As a result of their 29-hour penalty, Cyril Despres and David Castera were classified some way back, a position which doesn’t represent their true level of performance.

 

LOEB STOPPED IN HIS TRACKS
After finishing second on last year’s Dakar, just five minutes behind the winners, Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena started this year’s event with the clear objective of winning. They made a great start to the rally, despite an itinerary through Peru that mainly consisted of dunes and off-piste driving, which was not really to their advantage. They then won SS4 in style, one of the most difficult stages of the modern Dakar in South America. Unfortunately, while running second in the overall classification, they were forced to retire on SS5, between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa in Peru. Their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi fell into a soft and sandy hole while they were avoiding another competitor who had got stuck. The impact fractured Daniel Elena’s coccyx, making it impossible for him to continue.

 

THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE SUCCESS STORY
This year’s win from Team PEUGEOT Total completes PEUGEOT’s already impressive track record of success on the Dakar, being the manufacturer’s seventh win from eight participations!

Here’s a quick reminder of everything PEUGEOT has achieved on the Dakar :
1987 : Victory for Vatanen/Giroux (205 T16 Grand Raid)
1988 : Victory for Kankkunen/Piironen (205 T16 Grand Raid)
1989 : One-two for Vatanen/Berglund and Ickx/Tarin (405 T16 Grand Raid)
1990 : One-two-three for Vatanen/Berglund (405 T16 Grand Raid), Waldegard/Fenouil (405 T16 Grand Raid), Ambrosino/Baumgartner (205 T16 Grand Raid)
2016 : Victory for Peterhansel/Cottret (2008DKR)
2017 : One-two-three for Peterhansel/Cottret, Loeb/Elena and Despres/Castera (3008DKR)
2018 : Victory for Sainz/Cruz (3008DKR Maxi).

 

KEY NUMBERS FROM THE 2018 DAKAR
Countries visited: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Kilometres covered: 8793km, of which 4047km were competitive, over 14 legs and 13 stages.
Stage wins: 7 for the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi out of 13 that were run.
– 3 for Peterhansel/Cottret (SS5, SS8 and SS10)
– 2 for Sainz/Cruz (SS6 and SS7)
– 1 for Despres/Castera (SS2)
– 1 for Loeb/Elena (SS4)
One-twos and one-two-threes : 4 one-twos (SS2, SS4, SS6 and SS8) including two one-two-threes (SS2 and SS4)
Rally leaders: Despres/Castera (SS2), Peterhansel/Cottret (SS3 to SS6) and Sainz/Cruz (SS7 to SS14).
Maximum speed: 195.9kph (Despres/Castera SS3)
Highest average speed: 108kph (Sainz/Cruz SS6)
Highest ambient temperature: 35° (SS13)
Lowest ambient temperature: 6° (SS6)
Maximum altitude: 4786m (SS8, Uyuni-Tupiza)

 

HEADING FOR AN ELECTRIFYING CHALLENGE
This win marks PEUGEOT’s final participation on the Dakar. PEUGEOT Sport will now concentrate on the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WorldRX). The season will get underway from April 14-15 in Barcelona, with Sébastien Loeb driving one of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX entries. At the same time, PEUGEOT Sport will also prepare for the forthcoming electric Rallycross championship in 2020. This will be tackled with the replacement for the current road going PEUGEOT 208, which will feature a fully electric version.

 

PROVISIONAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 14
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 49h 16min18s
2. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 43min40s
3. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 16min41s
4. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 25min29s
5. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 45min24s
6. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR, + 4h 20min58s
31. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 45h 19min10s

 

LIVE FROM THE BIVOUAC…

Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport director
“Peugeot ends its Dakar campaign in the best possible way thanks to a fantastic victory from Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz and the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, on a Dakar Rally that will go down in history. To take three consecutive victories on such a complicated event is an exceptional achievement that is as much down to our very high technical level as it is to our unfailing team spirit. We are particularly pleased with this victory for Carlos and Lucas, who have driven an absolutely incredible rally, overcoming every obstacle. Carlos has put so much into our Dakar project from the very beginning, so it’s fantastic that he can be rewarded in this way. Three of our four cars are there at the finish of the most difficult rally of the decade, with the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi having shown its technical superiority with no failures. It’s a great satisfaction for the whole team and a massive source of pride for PEUGEOT.”

 

Carlos Sainz (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
9th on stage 14 / 1st overall
“It was a very difficult rally for me. It’s probably been the most difficult Dakar that I’ve ever taken part in, even counting the ones in Africa. The organisers gave us a truly challenging route, with so many incredibly difficult stages. Even the two stages right before the finish were unbelievable and Peru was also very tricky. Of course, it’s very satisfying for Lucas and me to win such a difficult rally. And the same applies to the whole Peugeot team, which has done a fantastic job throughout the entire programme. The PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi is probably the best car I have ever driven on rally raids. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this project, and a big thank you to PEUGEOT Sport.”

 

Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
2nd on stage 14 / 4th overall
“On the whole, it’s been a very good week for us. The dunes in Peru were our main trump card really. After that, it unravelled slightly. We lost 1h45m in Bolivia after hitting a rock that I didn’t see. It was so impossible to spot that I wasn’t even that upset. I’m much more annoyed by what happened on Friday: a day when we accumulated small mistakes. I think that this Dakar was extremely tough: the toughest one we have ever seen in South America, undoubtedly. But that’s in the spirit of this whole event, although maybe it was pushed a bit too far this time, if you think of the amateur drivers. The real satisfaction for us lies in the win for Carlos and the PEUGEOT team. It’s a brilliant reward for Carlos, who has been unlucky over the last three years.”

 

Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
13th on stage 14 / 31st overall
“This Dakar got off to a good start for us as we won the second stage. But unfortunately, the problem we had on SS4 entirely compromised our whole rally. From that point on, it was all about helping our team mates, so it wasn’t easy for us to show what we could do. The most important thing though was not to make any mistakes and just to be there in case Carlos or Stephane had any problems. Obviously it’s been a frustrating rally for David and myself, but on the other hand we’re just starting our career in cars. We’ve racked up plenty of experience on this year’s Dakar and that’s extremely positive. I’d like to thank the whole PEUGEOT Sport team, which has worked so hard and allowed us to get better and better in perfect conditions since we started in 2015.”

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The PSA Group factory in Palomar, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, makes the PEUGEOT 308, PEUGEOT 408 and PEUGEOT Partner. A 300 million Euro investment plan is in place to modernise its production capabilites: from 2019 it will also be able to produce cars based on the new ‘Common Modular Platform’, which lends itself to electric cars as well as conventionally-powered cars.

 

SAINZ/CRUZ strong leaders of Dakar 2018 on the eve of the finish

STAGE 13 | SAN JUAN – CÓRDOBA
During this penultimate stage composed of two timed sections with very different profiles, the crew of Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz once again carefully managed their lead over the competition at the wheel of their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi. On the other hand, Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret lost two places in the general classification after clipping a tree in the first timed section.

In control of the race with a lead of than an hour over the competition this morning, Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz avoided the many pitfalls of the penultimate stage. Despite a small off during the opening section, the Spanish duo conceded only a few minutes to their pursuers. They are still firmly in the lead, 46min18s ahead, with only a 119 km stage remaining on Saturday.

For Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret, stage 13 quickly turned into a nightmare. At kilometer 78 of the first stage of the day, the front left wheel of the n°300 PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi clipped a tree hidden by a bump, breaking a steering rod as well as the power steering. The defending champions began repairs, soon helped by Cyril Despres / David Castera. They crossed the finish of the first timed section with a deficit of 57 minutes, before the Team PEUGEOT Total assistance team intervened in the neutralised section to change the whole steering (rack and column). This event unfortunately caused the duo to fall from second place to fourth in the general classification, eight minutes from the podium. It also left Peterhansel with a sprained thumb.

Cyril Despres and David Castera once again behaved like model team-mates, assisting Peterhansel / Cottret during the first timed special. This didn’t stop them from being inside the top 10 on the stage results

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 13
1. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, 5 h 02 min22s
2. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +11min16s
3. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 13min06s
4. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 15min07s
5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (DEU), Mini 2WD, +19min24s
6. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, + 19min37s
7. Boris Garafulic (CHL) / Felipe Palmeiro (PRT), Mini 4WD, +22min41s
8. Sebastian Halpern (ARG) / Edu Palenta (ARG), Toyota 4WD, +27min36s
9. Vaidotas Zala (LTU) / Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU), Toyota 4WD, + 29min57s
10. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +34min36s
20. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 03min04s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 13
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 47h 46min30s
2. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 46min18s
3. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 20min00s
4. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 28min08s
5. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 46min32s
6. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 7h 21min55s
7. Sebastian Halpern (ARG) / Edu Palenta (ARG), Toyota 4WD, + 9h 9min4s
8. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 9h 21min22s
9. Boris Garafulic (CHL) / Felipe Palmeiro (PRT), Mini 4WD, +12h 47min22s
10. Vaidotas Zala (LTU) / Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU), Toyota 4WD, + 16h 08min13s
TBC. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 45h15min52s

 

LIVE FROM THE BIVOUAC…

Carlos Sainz (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
6th on stage 13 / 1st in overall classification
“The first part of the stage was really tricky. I don’t know what happened to the competitors who left after me, but I’m sure there were a lot of problems. The second section was more typical of a WRC stage and a little less complicated, even though there were parts that were really narrow for our PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi. The upsets today show that the race isn’t over yet. I hope everything will be fine tomorrow.”

 

Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
20th on stage 13 / 4th in overall classification
“In the first timed section this morning, we arrived in a winding area with vegetation. We attacked a descent and couldn’t avoid touching a tree, which did some damage to the front left of our PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi. We started to repair it, and Cyril and David stopped to help us. After losing more than an hour, we were finally able to leave with an impaired car. This sadly ends any chance of achieving the one-two we hoped for. We are very disappointed for the whole team.”

 

Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
10th on stage 3 / TBC in overall classification
“This morning, while we were following Carlos, we saw that Stéphane and Jean-Paul had a problem. We stopped to help perform a makeshift repair to the steering system so that he could finish the stage, and then left and carried on.”

DID YOU KNOW?

The launch of the PEUGEOT 208 GTi and PEUGEOT 308 GTi in the Argentine market at the beginning of 2017 continued a tradition. The PEUGEOT subsidiary in Argentina has always been passionate and inspired by sporty models. In the 60s and 70s, it sold the PEUGEOT 404 ‘Le Mans’ and PEUGEOT 404 ‘Grand Prix’, neither of which existed in Europe!

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 14 (SATURDAY 20 JANUARY): CÓRDOBA-CÓRDOBA. 284 KILOMETRES OF WHICH 119 ARE COMPETITIVE
The rally ends in the Argentine capital of motor sport with a 119-kilometre loop tracing mountain tracks crossing thirty rivers. Both drivers and co-drivers will have to display maximum vigilance.

 

The Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi in charge at the front of the race with two days to go

STAGE 12  | CHILECITO – SAN JUAN

On this challenging stage for the cars, the longest of the rally at 522 kilometres, Team PEUGEOT Total managed the situation perfectly to defend its lead. With two stages remaining, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret still occupy the first two places overall.

 

The goal of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret on stage 12 was to manage their advantage over Nasser Al Attiyah. After completing this long test, the crew of the PEUGEOT 3008DKR n°300 are still 21 minutes ahead of third place in the overall standings.
Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz adopted a cautious pace to avoid any problems. The Spanish duo had a slightly more hectic second half of the stage (due to a gear selection problem) but he finished in ninth place and remains comfortably in the overall lead, 44 minutes ahead of his team-mates.

After yesterday’s stage, where their starting position had given them the opportunity to drive at their own pace, Cyril Despres and David Castera waited for their team-mates in order to take up their role as ‘guardian angels’. They recorded the tenth best time: not fully representative of their potential.

CLASSIFICATION ON STAGE 12
1. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, 5h49min57s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +2min3s
3. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +4min33s
4. Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo Graue (ARG), Mini 4WD, +5min56s
5. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +7min53s
6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (DEU), Mini 2WD,  +12min15s
7. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +12min33s
8. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +14min51s
9. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +18min7s
10. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +21min37s
 
CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 12
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 42h24min31s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +44min41s

3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h5min55s
4. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h17min21s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +1h26min31s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +2h51min2s
7. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +3h20min45s
8. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, +6h4min26s
9. Sebastian Halpern (ARG) / Edu Palenta (ARG), Toyota 4WD, +9h1min15s
10. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +9h29min43s
TBC. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +45h00min53s

LIVE FROM THE BIVOUAC

Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
2nd on stage 12 / 2nd in overall classification
“We’re not thinking about the overall victory. It is important to keep this second place and to manage the gap to our main pursuer. We lost some time to them, but by staying in front of them all day we were able to control the race. Overall, we are happy to finish this long stage. The navigation was complicated, with some very tricky parts as well as magnificent scenery. There were also some tracks similar to WRC stages which were very nice to drive. Tomorrow will be a long stage. In 2015 this stage between San Juan and Cordoba was quite stressful because of the heat. It could be a difficult stage. We will try to manage our advantage and to enjoy it. The PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi is very pleasant to drive.
Carlos Sainz (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
9th on stage 12 / 1st in overall classification       
“It was a really difficult stage. We were cautious in the first part of the stage, and we had to stop in the second part. I had a slight physical problem and had to take a brief break. We set off again and then got a puncture. Cyril and David gave us a hand to finish changing the wheel: thank you to them for that. At the end of stage we were stuck in third gear, but fortunately we were able to finish the stage!”
Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
10th on stage 12 / TBC in overall classification
“It’s never easy to spend a whole day in the dust. We had a day of teamwork. We have nothing left to play for so we stayed behind Carlos. You don’t see as much of the the scenery and it’s harder to see the danger, so you have to be very careful. Physically, it starts to take it out of you a little bit. We helped Carlos and Lucas to change a wheel: we played the role of Peugeot Assistance!”

DID YOU KNOW?

41% of PEUGEOTs sold in Argentina are produced on Argentine soil in the Palomar factory near Buenos Aires. In the first 11 months of 2017, PEUGEOT’s bestsellers in Argentina were the PEUGEOT 208 (25,170 sales), PEUGEOT 2008 (11,108 sales) and PEUGEOT 3008 (9,522 sales), the latter two models having served as the basis of PEUGEOT SPORT’s rally raid beasts: the PEUGEOT 2008DKR (winner of the 2016 Dakar) and the PEUGEOT 3008DKR (winner of the 2017 Dakar).

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 13 (FRIDAY 19 JANUARY): SAN JUAN > CÓRDOBA. 927 KILOMETRES OF WHICH 368 ARE COMPETITIVE.
The first timed section of the day (162 km) will play out entirely on sand in the dunes of San Juan and a tricky section of fesh-fesh. After a long liasion of 419 km, the second timed section (206 km long), held near Cordoba, will take in WRC-style tracks.

Status quo on Dakar Rally as Peugeot strengthens its hold on the leading positions

STAGE 11 | BELÉN – CHILECITO
With three days of competitive action now remaining on the Dakar, Team PEUGEOT Total continues to hold first and second after today’s 280-kilometre stage: one of the shorter ones on the menu for this year. Nonetheless, it was also one of the most complex, characterised by the loose sand of the Fiambala region, on the fringes of the famous Altiplano. Despite the complexity of the terrain, all three PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi crews were in the top four, within 15 seconds of each other! Tomorrow, they face the longest stage of the whole rally…

The fastest PEUGEOT on today’s stage was that of Cyril Despres/David Castera, which was second. Running with a considerable delay in the overall classification, they once more concentrated on their role as Sherpas for their team mates in first and second, delayed only by a puncture.

Overall leaders Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz stretched their advantage after finishing third on the stage. They set a strong pace at the beginning of the stage, but then controlled their rhythm and concentrated on making the finish safely. They are now 50m45s in the lead over Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret.

Peterhansel and Cottret consolidated their second place overall with fourth-fastest time on the tricky stage, despite running first on the road without the tracks of the motorcycles. They are now 23m17s ahead of their closest rivals in the general classification.

Having examined the evidence and data closely, the Dakar stewards decided to reverse the decision made on Monday 15 January in Salta and cancel the 10-minute penalty given to the #303 PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi.

 

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 11
1. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, 4h10m54s
2. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +4m35s
3. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +440s
4. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +4m50s
5. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +5m56s
6. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +11m57s
7. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +19m47s
8. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +29m13s
9. Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo Graue (ARG), Mini 4WD, +42m12s
10. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +42m23s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 11
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 36h26m27s

2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +50m45s
3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h14m02s
4. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h17m35s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +1h30m05s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +2h44m18s
7. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +3h16m19s
8. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, +5h53m08s
9. Peter Van Merksteijn (NED) / Maciej Marton (POL), Toyota 4WD, +6h31m09s
10. Sebastian Halpern (ARG) / Edu Pulenta (ARG), Toyota 4WD, +8h41m21s
TBC. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +44h47m23s

 

LIVE FROM THE BIVOUAC…

Bruno FAMIN, PEUGEOT Sport director
“Carlos now has a comfortable lead and Stéphane is covering him in second place. But there’s still a long way to go to the finish and we have to get to Cordoba with no drama, which is never a given. Regarding the penalty, we appreciate the event stewards looking into this again and re-examining all the documents and other evidence at their disposal. We supplied them with a certain amount of data, relating to the speed and movement of the car. They were able to compare that to the tracking and ascertain that Carlos’s point of view was the correct one – of which we never had any doubt.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
2nd on stage 11 / TBC in overall classification

“This time, Fiambala was a little less of a treasure hunt for waypoints than it has been in the past. However, it’s just as tough as ever to climb up shifting sand dunes in this altitude in this hot weather! Maybe I was a little too cautious in the opening part of the stage. At one point, I think we lost two minutes just by lifting off in a place where we lost the tracks ahead of us. We had to change a wheel at a passage control after a puncture, but towards the finish of the stage we woke up a bit, and in the end the time was good.”

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
3rd on stage 11 / 1st in overall classification

“Fiambala is always one of the most difficult stages of the whole Dakar and we saw that again today. My idea was just to go at a good pace but without pushing too hard. So, I was pleased to see after the first part of the stage that we were definitely in the fight. I went a bit quicker on the second part of the stage and we ended up with a decent time. That’s slightly increased our lead, so things are good for now.”

 

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
4th on stage 11 / 2nd in overall classification
“We took a big jump over a dune – our first big jump of the rally – which shook us around a bit. As a result, our backs are somewhat sore…I think I’ve got a vertebra missing! The car’s steering was also affected by the impact. As we were first on the road, navigation was tricky. We drove together with the first motorbike to try and find the way. I have to say that our BF Goodrich tyres have been really strong. When I look at the speeds with which we drive through the thorny sections, it’s incredible that we don’t get any punctures.”


DID YOU KNOW?

The PEUGEOT subsidiary in Argentina is in full growth. In 2017, the 208 GTi and PEUGEOT 308 GTi sports hatches were launched, as well as the PEUGEOT 301, PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, plus the new PEUGEOT Boxer and PEUGEOT Expert, not to mention the latest PEUGEOT Partner. In 2018, Argentina can expect the PEUGEOT 5008 SUV, PEUGEOT Traveller eight-seater, and special editions of the 208, 2008, 308 and Expert.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 12 (Thursday 18 January) :
CHILECITO > SAN JUAN. 791 kilometres, of which 522 are competitive
This stage is composed of two competitive sections (lasting 262 and 260 kilometres) which together will represent the longest timed section of the rally. Navigation will be key to making it successfully through the many river crossings, which can have serious consequences if not negotiated properly.

 

PETERHANSEL scores another Dakar Stage win for Peugeot and climbs to second behind SAINZ

STAGE 10 | SALTA > BELÉN
After the cancellation of yesterday’s stage, the competitive action on the Dakar Rally resumed in Argentina with a 372-kilometre special stage from Salta to Belén. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret took their second straight stage win in their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, and with it moved back up to second overall behind team-mates Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz.

Despite opening the stage among the cars, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret dominated. They were tied with their closest rivals after the first waypoint, before taking command and finishing up eight minutes and 46 seconds clear of the competition. The result puts them back up into second place in the overall classification, with a margin of more than 22 minutes over the crew in third.

Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz remain in control overall, with their lead now standing at 50 minutes and 35 seconds in front of Peterhansel/Cottret. With difficult navigation and many river crossings, they took a cautious approach at first but still managed a superb third fastest time.

Cyril Despres/David Castera waited early in the stage for Sainz/Cruz so that they could follow the Spaniards and be in a position to assist them if required at any point. Fortunately, their service was not called upon, and they clocked the seventh fastest time.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 10
1.Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 4h 43min46s
2. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 8min46s
3. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, + 13min7s
4. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 19min11s
5. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 22min22s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 23min42s
7. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 24min30s
8. Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo Graue (ARG), Mini 4WD, + 26min59s
9. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (DEU), Mini 2WD, + 27min41s
10. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 29min16s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 10
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 32h 10min53s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 50min35s
3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 12min46s
4. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 22min15s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 22min48s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 29min11s
7. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 2 h 51min46s
TBC. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 44h 47min28s

QUOTE/UNQUOTE…

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
1st on stage 10 / 2nd in overall classification
“We did the best that we could; we’re definitely in attacking mode rather than management mode! I drove as fast as possible knowing we were opening the stage. It was a tricky stage with many rocks in the river crossings, as well as plenty of camel grass which caused the damper warning light to come on. It was quite complicated in terms of navigation but we did not make any big mistakes. We couldn’t have done any better I think.”

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
3rd on stage 10 / 1st in overall classification

“It was quite a tricky day with some difficult navigation and many rivers to cross. I took the first part of the stage quite easy, and then in the second part I increased the speed a little bit. Everything is good right now, but we still have one of the toughest days of the rally ahead of us tomorrow, and anything can happen at any moment.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
  7th on stage 10 / TBC in overall classification

« Même si le rallye-raid un sport individuel lorsque l’on est sur la piste, nous faisons une bonne course d’équipe chez PEUGEOT. En partant deuxième ce matin, la stratégie était de laisser passer Carlos et Lucas dès le début de la spéciale. Nous avons essayé ensuite de les suivre et de les garder à vue pour leur porter assistance si besoin. C’est difficile dans certaines portions, où il est impossible de s’approcher à plus de 40 secondes. Dans ce cas, on espère que nos coéquipiers n’ont pas besoin de nous. Le Dakar est un énorme travail d’équipe pour tout le staff du team PEUGEOT Total. Il nous reste encore quatre jours avec David pour faire notre job correctement. Nous essayons d’être des coéquipiers modèles. »


DID YOU KNOW?

After a strong 2016 that resulted in a 20.80% increase in sales, PSA Group’s momentum in the Argentinean market was confirmed in 2017. With a growth of 21% compared to the same period in 2016, the PSA Group crossed the 100,000 vehicle sales mark within the first 11 months of 2017.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 11 (Wednesday 17 January):
BELÉN > CHILECITO. 746 kilometres of which 280 are competitive.

The starting order will be determined by today’s times. The ten fastest cars in stage 10, as well as the ten fastest motorcycles and trucks, will start in the order of their time, in all categories. They will then attack “Super Fiambala”, one of the most feared stages of the modern Dakar in one of the most delicate sandy areas of Argentina. If the temperature is particularly high, the sand will be even more loose.

 

Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi completes marathon stage with another one-two and the Dakar Lead

STAGE 8 | UYUNI – TUPIZA
On the second part of the marathon stage on this year’s Dakar Rally, competitors embarked on 498 competitive kilometres (including the highest point of the rally at 4786 metres), all without the usual preparation offered by overnight service. The Team PEUGEOT Total crews handled the challenge perfectly: Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz continue to lead overall, while Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and Cyril Despres/David Castera recovered from yesterday’s delays to finish one-two on the stage: the fourth double for PEUGEOT.

Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret bounced back from the time they lost yesterday to score their second stage win this year, and Peterhansel’s 40th Dakar stage win in a car. Leading from the third waypoint in their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, they reduced the gap to second place overall to just over seven minutes.

Having sacrificed themselves to assist their French colleagues yesterday, Cyril Despres/David Castera were back among the top times and took second place on the stage, only 49 seconds sower than Peterhansel/Cottret.

Now with a large margin at the head of the overall standings after winning yesterday’s stage, Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz played it safe today, particularly as they had to open the road. The Spanish duo were fifth fastest and their lead now stands at 1h06m37s.

Tomorrow’s stage 9 between Tupiza in Bolivia and Salta in Argentina has been cancelled after heavy rain. The conditions made it difficult for a satisfactory bivouac to be set up in Tupiza, threating to make the route planned by the organiser impractical. The competitors and their support teams will therefore instead travel to Salta via a liaison route.

 

 

CLASSIFICATION STAGE 8:
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 5h 15min18s
2. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 0min49s
3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 2min12s
4. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 5min0s
5. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, + 7min4s
6. Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo Graue (ARG), Mini 4WD, + 10min0s
7. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 16min38s
8. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 21min20s
9. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 23min19s
10. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 27min55s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 8:
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 27h 04min0s
2. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 06min37s
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 13min42s
4. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 23min0s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 37min09s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 28min36s
7. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 2h 43min30s
8. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 2 h 55min42s
9. Peter Van Merksteijn (NLD) / Maciej Marton (POL), Toyota 4WD, + 4h 59min41s
10. Nicolas Fuchs (PER) / Adrian Mussano Fernando (ARG), Borgward 4WD, + 6h 34min09s
26. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 44h46min5s

QUOTE/UNQUOTE…

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
1st on stage 8 / 3rd in overall classification
“Last night in the parc fermé, Jean-Paul and I did the minimum, with Cyril, David and the crew from our racing truck instead taking over to prepare our car. Today was a long stage with high altitude, and it was not easy to stay focused. I immediately felt confident at the wheel of my PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, and I could attack just as if it had been prepared in regular service. We won the stage, but only by two minutes, when we are more than an hour behind overall.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
2nd on stage 8 / 26th in overall classification

“We had only four hours of sleep last night but we are getting used to it! Today, everything went very well. Despite many potential pitfalls with the navigation, we found a good pace. There was always a car in front of us, which helped pull us along and I think we passed 18 of them despite the dust, not to mention the bikes and the quads! It was incredible: we climbed to over 4700 metres before descending. It was magnificent.”

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
5th on stage 8 / 1st in overall classification

“Considering the gap that we have overall, and considering that we were opening the road, we had to take it easy. Opening the road was not easy, especially in the beginning where there a lot of off-road driving, a lot of camel grass and some difficult places to cross. The second part was much easier with more visible tracks. The 3008DKR Maxi worked very well.”


DID YOU KNOW?

Stéphane Peterhansel is known as ‘Mr Dakar’ for his unmatched record of success on the event. He claimed six wins in the bike category during the 1990s, while his 2017 victory was his seventh car win and 13th in total. He’s also won more stages than anyone else, a record he consolidated today with his 40th victory in a car and 73rd in all. There’s only one record he could still beat this year: for the most wins in one category. The Frenchman is currently tied with Vladimir Chagin, who has seven wins in the truck category.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 9 (Monday 15 January) :
TUPIZA > SALTA. 754 kilometres of which 242 are competitive.
Stage cancelled.

 

Update: SAINZ wins UYUNI stage and takes Dakar Lead for Peugeot

STAGE 7 | LA PAZ – UYUNI
After the rest day at La Paz, the crews embarked on one of the biggest challenges of the entire Dakar Rally: the first 425-kilometre section of marathon stage, with no service for two days. Former Dakar winner Carlos Sainz now heads the overall standings by more than an hour, after his team mate Stéphane Peterhansel hit trouble, falling down to third in the overall standings. All the PEUGEOT crews continue tomorrow, having carried out any mechanical work needed themselves overnight at the Uyuni bivouac.

Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz claimed their second stage win for PEUGEOT this year as they moved into the overall lead: the third of the four PEUGEOT crews to have done so at some point during the event. No problems at all for the Spanish duo, whose winning margin on the stage was 12 minutes and lead by 1h11m29s.

For Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, the problem started when they were overtaking a motorbike at kilometre 186. They didn’t see a rock in the dust, breaking the shock absorber and suspension triangle, which stopped them in their tracks. With the help of Cyril Despres/David Castera, they were able to get going again around an hour and 45 minutes later. They are still on the provisional podium despite the lengthy delay: just nine minutes off second place.

Despres/Castera performed their role as ‘guardian angels’ perfectly today, coming to the aid of their team mates. They helped the stranded crew fix their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, losing more time themselves in the process but allowing ‘Mr Dakar’ to continue in the rally that he has made his own.

 

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 7:
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 4h 49min26s
2. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 12min05s

3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 14min19s
4. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 20min56s
5. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 23min57s
6. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 28min49s
7. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 31min33s
8. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 39min30s
9. Boris Garafulic (CHL) / Felipe Palmeiro (PRT), Mini 4WD, + 54min42s
10. Peter Van Merksteijn (NLD) / Maciej Marton (POL), Toyota 4WD, + 57min21s
20. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 47min56s
34. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 3h 44min44s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 7:
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 21h 41min38s
2. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 11min29s
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 1h 20min46s
4. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 20min54s
5. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1h 25min4s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 19min2s
7. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 2h 22min39s
8. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, + 2 h 41min26s
9. Peter Van Merksteijn (NLD) / Maciej Marton (POL), Toyota 4WD, + 4h 23min35s
10. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 5h 14min16s
40. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +44h 52min20s

QUOTE/UNQUOTE…

Bruno FAMIN, PEUGEOT SPORT director, Team Manager PEUGEOT Total
«I said that a lot could still happen, and today is an example! It’s a pity that Stéphane has lost nearly two hours, but we know that there will still be many twists in this race before the finish line in Cordoba. We are fist and third but we are still not quite halfway through. Our strategy remains the same: to take each day one after the other.»

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
1st on stage 7 / 1st in overall classification

“Actually, it was quite difficult on the whole. At the beginning, it was tricky with a lot of off-piste driving, then it got a little easier and luckily there were no problems for us. I’m not thinking about having the overall lead. It’s just a matter of survival at this point, there’s still such a long way to go. Of course, things are a little bit different now, but we need just to stay focussed and take everything one day at a time.”

 

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
20th on stage 7 / 3rd in overall classification
“I came out of the tracks a little bit, I’m not sure why, and I didn’t even see the rock; I just felt the impact. It destroyed the whole of the rear of the car: shock absorbers, suspension, transmission, the lot. There’s still a lot to do tonight: the car isn’t what it was. We took some parts off Cyril’s car and left him there; we were about 1h50m fixing it. We’ve got no physical damage to ourselves and we feel fine, it’s just our morale that’s been hurt. But I’m still smiling; my career’s not on the line here after all.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
34th on stage 7 / 40th in overall classification

“We came across Stéphane and Jean-Paul. The rear of their car was completely ripped off, it was destroyed. We did the maximum to try and get them on their way again as soon as possible. Then we had to wait for the assistance truck to get going again. We did the job that we were there for. We’re doing another big check of everything tonight. We have another big day ahead of us tomorrow.”


DID YOU KNOW?

When Peugeot won with Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret in 2016 in the 2008 DKR, it was the first two-wheel drive victory on the Dakar since 2000, with the 2008 DKR also being the first two-wheel drive car that Peugeot had ever brought to the rally.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 8 (Sunday 14 January): UYUNI > TUPIZA. 584 kilometres, 498 of which are competitive
The second part of the marathon stage, from Uyuni to Tupiza, runs over the second-longest special stage of the rally, at 498 kilometres. It is likely to be one of the toughest too, with crews needing to navigate challenging sand dunes at 3500 metres above sea level.

 

Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi first and second on the 2018 Dakar at the rest day

REST DAY | LA PAZ
After six extremely demanding stages principally through Peru, Team PEUGEOT Total has finally reached La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, where the Dakar rest day takes place. The two PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi cars of Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz occupy first and second places, 1h20m ahead of their closest pursuers. But there is still two-thirds of the competitive distance left to run.

AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD
Throughout the first six days of the rally, the Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi has demonstrated its full potential by winning four stages (SS2 with Despres/Castera, SS4 with Loeb/Elena, SS5 with Peterhansel/Cottret, SS6 with Sainz/Cruz) and claiming three one-twos (SS2, SS4 and SS6) including two podium lockouts (SS2 and SS4). The ‘dream team’ has been leading the rally since SS2.

AT THE FOREFRONT
The experienced duo of Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret has got through the first part of the rally with impressive consistency. Having been in the top three on five of the six stages run up to now, they took the lead on SS3 and have never lost it since. They now lead with a cushion of 27 minutes over their team mates.

STEP BY STEP
After suffering a delay on the opening day, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz have fought back impressively throughout the week, ending it on a high by winning SS6. They have benefitted from a PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi that has been entirely reliable, and the Spanish duo is now in a strong second place in the overall classification, with a 53-minute advantage over the third-placed crew.

STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS
The first Team PEUGEOT Total crew to have taken the lead (at the end of day two) was Cyril Despres/David Castera, who drove a fantastic rally right up to the point when their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi hit a loose rock at kilometre 180 on SS4, breaking the right-rear axle. This incident caused them to drop a lot of time on the stage and pick up several hours of road penalties that ended their hopes of victory. The two former bikers are carrying on resolutely however, ready to provide assistance to their team mates if needed.

BAD LUCK STRIKES
Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena were forced to retire after SS5 between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa. Their PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi fell into a hole on a dune and the impact caused Daniel Elena to sustain a fracture of the coccyx, which meant that it was impossible for him to continue. At the start of the stage, the duo was second overall. The night before they had convincingly won SS4, which crossed one of the sandiest sections ever seen on the South American Dakar.

AN INAPPROPRIATELY-NAMED ‘REST DAY’
Although it’s called the ‘rest day’, Friday will in fact be a day of intense activity for Team PEUGEOT Total. The mechanics will make use of the day to completely rebuild the three
PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi cars that are still in the race. This meticulous work will be more vital than ever, as Saturday and Sunday will be the marathon stage: with no service at the end of the day.

STILL A LONG WAY TO GO
This year, the rest day takes place not halfway through the action but after only six of the 14 legs on the 2018 Dakar schedule. Although 1463 competitive kilometres have already been covered, there are still 2826 stage kilometres to go: in other words, 66% of the total competitive route.

ALL THE NUMBERS FROM THIS WEEK
Maximum speeds:
195.9 kph (Despres/Castera, SS3)
195.7 kph (Sainz/Cruz, SS3)
195.3 kph (Peterhansel/Cottret, SS3)
194.7 kph (Loeb/Elena, SS3)
Average maximum speed: 108 km/h (stage six, Sainz/Cruz)
Highest ambient temperature: 32° (SS3)
Lowest ambient temperature: 6° (SS6)
Maximum altitude: 4732 metres (SS6)

 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 16 h 25 min2s
2. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +27min10s
3. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1 h 20min41s
4. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1 h 24min20s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h35min59s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 25min16s
7. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 2 h 25 min52s
8. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +2 h 29min6s
9. Eugenio Amos (ITA) / Sébastien Delaunay (FRA), Ford 2WD, + 2 h 30min58s
10. Patrick Sireyjol (FRA) / François-Xavier Béguin (BEL), Buggy 2WD, +3 h 25min35s
45. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 41 h 32min41s

QUOTES FROM THE BIVOUAC…

Bruno FAMIN, PEUGEOT SPORT Director, Team Manager PEUGEOT Total
“We are in a positive position after the first part of the rally, even if it is different to what we expected before the start. We thought we would be hunting Nasser Al Attiyah with our four cars. Instead, we find ourselves with two PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxis comfortably ahead and our three main rivals behind us. Of course, it is always better to be in the lead but with only two cars left in the running for victory and two thirds of the race still to come, we cannot be relaxed yet. There are always risks in rally raids and especially on this 2018 Dakar!”

 

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
1st overall
“We can draw a positive conclusion from these first six stages. We’ve had quite a clean and straightforward week up to now. Our best day was Wednesday, when we won SS5. We’re obviously very happy. Having said that, we’ve only covered a third of the rally in terms of competitive distance. And we know that in places like Belen and Fiambala, there are still some very complicated stages to come. Anything can still happen as there is a big variety of stages in store. There have been plenty of dunes up to now and that has worked well for us, to be honest. Now we’re in Bolivia, we’re going to be faced with different types of stages.”

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
2nd overall

“The first week has been quite tricky. Maybe a little bit too tricky, especially for the amateur drivers, who have really struggled. Nonetheless, I’m happy with second place and to have won a stage yesterday. It’s still possible to fight for victory. The PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi has been very competitive. With the marathon stage starting on Saturday, and Belen and Fiambala still to come, anything can happen. My goal, first and foremost, is to bring the car home safely to bivouac every night.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
45th overall

“We had a good start to the week. We took the first stage win for a PEUGEOT 3008DKR on the rally and we were leading overall. The thought of tackling a really long and tough Dakar, with plenty of off-road driving, filled us with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, we were cut off in our prime. In 17 years of rally raids on a bike, I’ve never hit a rock: I know the damage that they can do. So, I just try to avoid them always. This was a rock that you couldn’t see and we hit it in the wrong place. My own fight for victory ended right there. But PEUGEOT has given me so much since I started on four wheels, so we obviously did everything possible to get the car back to the bivouac. This is the biggest test of character that I’ve ever experienced in rally raids. David and I put a lot of energy into this year’s race. But we’re still going and that’s what counts. There are only two of the four PEUGEOT cars in contention for the win now and we’re ready to be loyal Sherpas to help our team mates.”


LE SAVIEZ-VOUS ?

The PSA Group has planned to launch 16 new models onto the Latin American market between now and 2021, including several new utility vehicles.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

DAY 7 (SATURDAY 13 JANUARY): LA PAZ > UYUNI. 726 KM INCLUDING 425 KM OF SPECIAL STAGES
The competitors will undertake a long day of driving as the marathon stage begins, at the end of which they won’t be able to rely on their service crews at the bivouac in Uyuni. This intense special stage will include 60 kilometres of Bolivian dunes and desert.

 

Stage win for Carlos Sainz in another Peugeot One-two on stage 6 of the Dakar

STAGE 6 | AREQUIPA – LA PAZ
Today was a long stretch behind the wheel for the crews, as the Dakar Rally entered the demanding high-altitude stages of Bolivia, en route to the country’s capital, on very different roads to those seen so far. Peugeot maintained its grip on the Dakar by claiming its fourth stage win of the event (the first this year for Carlos Sainz) to reinforce its one-two position in the overall standings: a result mirrored on today’s stage. The good news for all the crews is that they can now enjoy a well-earned rest day as the event reaches its halfway point. Following a first week packed with drama, what happens next is impossible to predict.

Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz claimed another stage win for PEUGEOT today, as the terrain went from desert stages to high-altitude mountain passes, peaking at 4732 metres, and flat-out straights. Proving the adaptability of the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi to all sorts of terrain, the Spaniards were fastest by more than four minutes after dominating the day’s action.

Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret also avoided drama to consolidate their first place overall after finishing second on the stage: combining consistency with reliability. They currently still lead by nearly 30 minutes – with one more week of intense competition to go.

Cyril Despres/David Castera are now aiming only for stage wins after a troubled couple of days. However, today’s action was much better for them and with confidence returning, they are making their way back up the leaderboard, while standing by to help their team mates. On the stage, they were fifth-fastest.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 6
1. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, 2 h 53min30s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 4min06s
3. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 5min5s
4. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 5min31s
5. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, + 8min49s
6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Andreas Schulz (DEU), Mini 2WD, + 9min31s
7. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 9min31s
8. Lucio Alvarez (ARG) / Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 12min26
9. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, +12min31s
10. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 12min39s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 16 h 25 min2s
2. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +27min10s
3. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1 h 20min41s
4. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, + 1 h 24min20s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, + 1h35min59s
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, + 2h 25min16s
7. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, + 2 h 25 min52s
8. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +2 h 29min6s
9. Eugenio Amos (ITA) / Sébastien Delaunay (FRA), Ford 2WD, + 2 h 30min58s
10. Patrick Sireyjol (FRA) / François-Xavier Béguin (BEL), Buggy 2WD, +3 h 25min35s
TBC. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +41h32m41s

 

QUOTE/UNQUOTE…

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
1st on stage 6 / 2nd in overall classification

“From the start of the rally we’ve been off-piste in the sand and that’s not my favoured sort of terrain. So even if there were a lot of straights today and it wasn’t so exciting it’s nice to have a change…five days of sand is too much. There’s still a lot of racing left, with stages that are 400 or 500 kilometres long, as well as the marathon stage, so anything can happen.”

 

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
2nd on stage 6 / 1st in overall classification
“Today was completely different: the stage was more straightforward and it was easy navigation. The main problem was altitude, which obviously saps a bit power: because of the altitude the brain also works a bit in slow motion as well, so it was complicated. Today was a transition really, between desert and mountains. For my part I took no risks at all: the main thing was just to arrive in Bolivia safely. To be in La Paz with a 27-minutes lead is already more than I expected.”

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
5th on stage 6 / TBC in overall classification
“The altitude was OK for us but after all the setbacks we have had over the last two days, it wasn’t easy for us to be straight back on the pace. The main aim now is above all to be there to support our team mates, so there’s no point in taking any risks. We went at a decent pace without pushing too hard on a stage that was quite damp. And at least, whatever happens, I will have driven along the shores of Lake Titicaca: that’s already something!”


DID YOU KNOW ?

PEUGEOT has already claimed one sporting success in Bolivia, back in 1979. This was on the Codasur Rally, which went on to be called Rally Argentina : a well-known round of the World Rally Championship. The two factory PEUGEOT 504 entries for Jean Guichet/Jean Todt and Jean-Claude Lefebvre/Jean-Pierre Rouget finished first and second after an eventful outing. The route was designed to take in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, but was stopped in Peru because of political issues.

 

WHAT’S NEXT ?

Friday is a rest day in the Bolivian capital La Paz, before the first part of this year’s marathon stage starts on Sunday, with no overnight servicing permitted in between the two days. The rest day is an opportunity for the crews to relax, but there’s no such luck for the PEUGEOT mechanics, who will strip and rebuild each 3008DKR to restore it to perfect condition for the second half of the rally.

 

Another Dakar stage win for Peugeot but Loeb/Elena forced to retire

STAGE 5 | SAN JUAN DE MARCONA-AREQUIPA
Contrasting fortunes on the Dakar today for Team PEUGEOT Total: the squad is first and second overall after the longest day of the rally, after taking a third consecutive win on a punishing fifth stage. But nine-time World Rally Champions Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena were forced to retire for medical reasons, after an impact caused injury to Elena.

Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret extended their advantage at the head of the field after taking their first stage win of the year. Their reward for a superb performance is a 31-minute cushion as the rally leaves Peru tomorrow.

Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena have been forced to retire from second place. At kilometre five of the stage this morning, they fell into a dustbowl after trying to avoid another competitor stuck on a dune. Following this major impact, Daniel Elena experienced severe pain in his sternum and coccyx. After assistance from a truck, the PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi was able to continue and complete the stage, but with Elena unable to sit upright, they were left with no choice but to retire for medical reasons after the first loop. They are currently driving to the Arequipa bivouac via the assistance route, where they will be taken care of by the medical team.

Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz had a good run through the dunes and kept up a good pace without taking any risk. Fourth on the stage, the Spaniards are now second overall behind Peterhansel/Cottret.

Having lost hours due to their collision with a rock yesterday, and following only an hour and a half of sleep, Cyril Despres/David Castera set off at 4h40 this morning with a rebuilt car thanks to the great work of the Team PEUGEOT Total mechanics. Feeling the fatigue, the duo made some mistakes at the end of the stage but carried out their mission by bring the car to the finish, backing up their team mates.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE 5
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 2h51min19s
2. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +4min52s
3. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +12min47s
4. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +18min10s
5. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +24min33s
6. Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo Graue (ARG), Mini 4WD, +24min38s
7. Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi, +25min39s
8. Cyril Despres (FRA) / David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, +37min36s
9. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +41min13s
10. Eugenio Amos (ITA) / Sébastien Delaunay (FRA), Ford 2WD, +42min15s

 

CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 5
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 13h27m26s

2. Carlos Sainz (ESP) / Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR Maxi, +31m16s
3. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD) / Michel Perin (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h15m16s
4. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) / Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Toyota 4WD, +1h23m21s
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF) / Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZAF), Toyota 4WD, +1h34m34s
6. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE) / Xavier Panseri (FRA), Peugeot 3008DKR, +1h46m48s
7. Eugenio Amos (ITA) / Sebastien Delaunay (FRA), Buggy 2WD, +2h1m57s
8. Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL), Mini 4WD, +2h16m43s
9. Martin Prokop (CZE) / Jan Tomanek (CZE), Ford 4WD, +2h17m27s
10. Patrick Sireyjol (FRA) / Francois-Xavier Beguin (FRA), Buggy 2WD, +2h58m22s
TBC: Cyril Despres (FRA) / Daniel Elena (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi, 54h55m25s

 

QUOTE/UNQUOTE…

Bruno Famin, PEUGEOT SPORT Director, Team Manager PEUGEOT Total
“This 2018 Dakar is very complicated and there is a lot happening every day. We’ve really no idea how it’s going to end up. Even though we have quite a big lead in the overall classification after today, after what we have seen so far we can’t really be sure of anything. We knew that today would be the last but the most complicated of the sandy desert stages and it has been truly fearsome for most of the competitors. Sébastien and Daniel were really unlucky, because it was only through trying to keep up a good pace that they fell into that hole, which they didn’t see. It’s all the more hard to take given that the car is intact, but obviously Daniel cannot continue like this.”

 

Stéphane PETERHANSEL (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°300)
1st on stage 5 / 1st in overall classification
“I didn’t do a bad job today, that’s for sure, but it was not a perfect stage for us either We lost tyre pressure and the tyre came off the rim so we had to stop and we lost a few minutes. We also made a navigation error at the end of the stage. We could not find a waypoint, and lost more than two minutes. So it was not perfect, but compared to others it was not so bad. I’m really disappointed for my friend Cyril, and for Sébastien and Daniel. But this is motorsport, this is the Dakar…”

 

Carlos SAINZ (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°303)
2nd on stage 5 / 2nd in overall classification

“It was a very complicated stage and we could have lost a lot more. We are not 100% satisfied with the day but we finished it in a satisfactory position and we are well placed overall. We want to continue like this and to reach La Paz without any drama. “

 

Cyril DESPRES (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°308)
9th on stage 5 / TBC in overall classification
“We’re very happy to be still in the rally: this is the only positive thing that’s happened to us in the last 48 hours. Yesterday we were stuck out there for 10 hours, with wind, night and plenty of stress. That wore us out, and then with three and a half hours of driving without power steering we were even more tired, and had very little sleep. Today’s stage started well. We stopped when we found Sébastien, but there was nothing we could do to help. Due to the lack of sleep and tiredness we also made a few mistakes. For us the most important thing was just getting to the end and not damaging the car. In spite of that all, we are still eighth, and the last two days have given us valuable experience for the future.”

 

Sébastien LOEB (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°306)
Retired on stage 5

“It was a very complicated start: the sand was very loose, the car just wouldn’t climb up the dunes, and we got stuck more or less straight away for 20 minutes or so. Then when we got going again, we were able to follow the tracks from everyone else, and that helped a lot. We got to a place where there was another competitor stopped on a crest: in order not to have to stop while we were climbing I went right to avoid him…but there was a hole just over the crest that we hadn’t seen. We hit it hard. There was nothing more we could do but wait for the truck to pull us out. Daniel was in a lot of pain from the impact. We even finished the stage really slowly, in order not to make the pain worse. Given Daniel’s injury, we were left with no option but to retire.”

 

Daniel ELENA (PEUGEOT 3008DKR Maxi n°306)
Retired on stage 5
“We fell into a soft bowl of sand that we just didn’t see. It was a big impact. I immediately felt a sharp pain in my sternum and coccyx which didn’t go away. I was in so much pain that we had to finish the stage in slow motion. I had to stretch myself out in my seat just to avoid the pain of sitting down. Usually, I do not give up, but I really don’t feel I can continue on terrain where there are so many compressions.”


DID YOU KNOW?

The PEUGEOT range in Peru includes a model that is not sold in Europe: the 301 saloon. The latest restyled version, produced in Spain, offers a combination of quality and value that makes it attractive to the Peruvian market.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

STAGE 6 (Thursday 11 January): AREQUIPA> LA PAZ. 758 kilometres of which 313 are competitive
This stage is made up of two competitive sections. The first, 200 kilometres long over sand, will take place on Peruvian soil. Before crossing the border into Bolivia, competitors will pass on a podium to bid farewell to the Peruvian fans. The second section, which starts at Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3800 meters, will be 113 kilometres long and will cover the Bolivian Altiplano with altitudes up to 4732 meters.