Kris Meeke finishes just shy of podium

Today’s fourth and final leg enabled the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crews to showcase their skills. Whilst Craig Breen and Scott Martin set a third fastest time, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle snatched fourth place as they took maximum points on the Power Stage, claiming the C3 WRC’s very first such win of its career. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT leaves the Principality in third position in the manufacturers’ championship whilst and Kris Meeke lies fourth in the drivers’ standings.

Peaking at just over 1,600 metres above sea level, the Col de Turini is one of the highlights of the event. The excitement surrounding this stage owes much to the atmosphere created by the large numbers of fans that line the roads and the invariably unpredictable weather. This year’s running of the iconic Monte stage proved to be no exception, with twenty percent of the roads on the first loop covered in frost, mainly found on the Col de Turini’s ultra-fast downhill section leading to Peira Cava.

 

An ability to read the level of grip accurately was necessary to keep out of trouble. Of the two Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crews, Kris Meeke managed negotiate the loop best, with two studded Michelin tyres and two super softs, whilst Craig Breen opted for a mix of soft-compound tyres (4) and super softs (2). Both drivers then produced strong performances on the stage contested between La Cabanette and the Col de Braus, grouped together in third and fourth places.

 

Craig Breen confirmed his good form with a third fastest time on the second run over the legendary Col de Turini. Meanwhile, Kris Meeke showed strength and consistency to hold off some of his determined rivals, whilst helping himself to fourth place after claiming an encouraging win on the Power Stage. A positive end to the rally that meant he put seventeen points on the board in the drivers’ standings and therefore made a good start to the season, whilst Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT scored eighteen points to end this opening round in third place in the manufacturers’ championship.

 

 

WHAT THEY SAID

 

Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal
“We had two different targets for Kris and Craig today: for Kris, the idea was to hold onto his position, whilst Craig was hoping to do well on the Power Stage, which is why they opted for differing tyre strategies. I’m pleased that Kris did what we asked of him – and more – in securing maximum points on the Power Stage. Craig was also on course for a good result in the Power Stage, but he lost a few seconds when he stalled on a hairpin. If it hadn’t been for that, he would also have set a very good time.”

 

Kris Meeke
“It was the hardest Monte-Carlo that I have ever experienced. We had everything: sheer ice on slick tyres on Thursday evening, rain on Friday, snow on Saturday and frost on the Col de Turini today. I’m surprised to finish the rally with seventeen points, but I’ll certainly take them! We now have to stay humble and keep working hard to try and improve.”


Craig Breen

“The weekend got off to a difficult start, with our mistake on Thursday evening. And then things went from bad to worse with the brake problems on Friday, which left us opening the road as something of a snow plough on Saturday. But we produced some good performances on a good few occasions, and did so again today on the dry tarmac. We now need to keep working in more changeable conditions, like those you typically get in Monte-Carlo.”

 

FINAL PROVISIONAL STANDINGS
Ogier / Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) 4h18’55’’5
Tänak / Jarveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) + 58’’3
Latvala / Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) + 1’52’’0
Meeke / Nagle (Citroën C3 WRC) + 4’43’’1
Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) + 4’53’’8
Evans/Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) + 4’54’’8
Lappi/Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) + 4’57’’5
Bouffier/Panseri (Ford Fiesta WRC) + 7’39’’5
Breen / Martin (Citroën C3 WRC) + 9’06’’7
Kopecky/Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5) + 16’43’’0

 

DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sébastien Ogier – 26 points
Ott Tänak – 18 points
Jari-Matti Latvala – 17 points
Kris Meeke – 17 points
Thierry Neuville – 14 points
Elfyn Evans – 8 points
Esapekka Lappi – 6 points
Bryan Bouffier – 4 points
Andreas Mikkelsen – 3 points
Craig Breen – 2 points

 

MANUFACTURERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
M-Sport Ford WRT – 33 points
Toyota Gazoo Racing – 33 points
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT – 18 points
Hyundai WRT – 14 points

 

DS Virgin Racing target further success in Chile

Press release – Versailles, 26th January 2018

  • All-electric Formula E series makes debut on streets of Santiago for round four

  • Team aiming to capitalise on strongest ever start to season

DS Virgin Racing and the all-electric Formula E series embarks on its Latin American tour shortly with the inaugural Santiago E-Prix, taking place on the streets of the Chilean capital on February 3.

The race, the first of three in the region along with Mexico and Uruguay’s Punta del Este, takes place near the city’s El Parque Forestal district on a purpose-built 2.47km, 12-turn circuit, that will see drivers reach speeds of more than 210kph. It also marks the series’ third continent visited in four races after Hong Kong and Marrakesh.

DS Virgin Racing drivers Sam Bird and Alex Lynn – the championship’s only all-British pairing – will be hoping for further success too following the team’s strongest ever start to a season. With a win and a podium to his name already, Bird has emerged as a title contender being just four points off the top spot in the drivers’ standings. Meanwhile, consistent points finishes from team-mate Lynn mean the team are in second place in the constructors’ championship and remain the only team to have both its drivers finish in the points in every race so far.

As well as a new track to contend with, for the first time in Formula E’s history there will also be no minimum pit stop time, adding a new challenge to the racing strategy.

 

Bird, who is the only driver to have recorded victories in every Formula E season to date, said: “It’s always exciting visiting a new city and racing on a new track. As such, there’s been a lot of preparation to do, especially with the changes to the pit stops. Not everything went the way we wanted at the last race, but we still came away with third place and we’re looking forward to another strong result in Santiago.”


Lynn
said: “We had a frustrating race in Marrakesh, so we’re keen to put that behind us and come out fighting again in Chile. I’m hoping we can get up to speed with the new track layout quickly and be in the mix from the off.”


DS Virgin Racing Team Principal,
Alex Tai, commented:
“We’re delighted to be racing in another new location and one as spectacular as Santiago. DS Virgin Racing has had a fantastic start to the season – our strongest yet – and we have the car, team and drivers to continue that in Chile. For sure, the changes to pit stops will be a challenge, so the team have left nothing to chance by practising hard and will also be wearing additional safety equipment.”


 DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “It’s really positive to arrive in Santiago after the strongest ever start of both championships since we’ve been in Formula E. Like every new race in the series, work on the simulator will be more crucial than ever for the drivers to learn the track and also for the engineers to to find the most efficient way to use the energy of our DSV-03.”

Round four of the 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Santiago on February 3.

 

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.

 

Podium for Sam Bird in Marrakesh

Press Release – Marrakesh, 13th January 2018

  • Double points finish for DS Virgin Racing drivers in round three.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird secured third place during today’s Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix, with team-mate Alex Lynn once again securing a points finish. The result puts Bird just four points off the top spot in the drivers’ championship with the team second overall in the teams’ standings.

Held at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, the day – which saw very changeable weather conditions throughout – saw both Bird and Lynn perform strongly in qualifying, finishing second and sixth respectively.

After maintaining their qualifying positions off the start line, Bird was challenging Sebastien Buemi for the lead in the opening laps, whilst Lynn was looking strong in sixth until he was hit from behind by Daniel Abt at Turn 1. The German driver was subsequently penalised, but Lynn – now right down the order in the 33 lap race – was able to produce a strong comeback drive to end the day ninth.

Meanwhile, Bird was unable to hold on to his P2 slot from a charging Felix Rosenqvist but came home to pick up the 11th podium finish of his Formula E career and remain a strong title contender heading into the next rounds in Chile.

 

Sam Bird said: “Not everything went the way we wanted it to this weekend, but third place is still a strong result for me and the team, with yet more championship points. It’s a good platform for us build on for the races ahead and we hope it continues.”

Alex Lynn said: “This weekend promised a lot but sadly we didn’t come away with all the points we deserved. We qualified well and were in the fight during the race but unfortunately it was ruined by another driver which put paid to what we should have scored.”

Team Principal, Alex Tai  commented: “Sam, Alex and the whole team performed fantastic today on a track that was always going to be tough on energy consumption. To have always finished in the points – together with a win and a podium – in the first three races, just shows what a great position we’re in heading into the next race in Santiago.”

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “It was great to see Sam on the podium today and another strong result for the team. The achievements confirm the efficiency and performance of our car, and is reward for all the hard work the team has done to prepare for this event.”

The all-electric Formula E championship is next in action on February 3 at the inaugural Santiago E-Prix.

2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Marrakesh E-Prix – Round 3:

1. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing (25pts)
2. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams (21pts, P)
3. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing (15pts)
4. Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar Racing (13pts, FL)
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, Techeetah (10pts)
6. Jose Maria Lopez, Dragon (8pts)
7. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing (6pts)
8. Tom Blomqvist, Andretti Formula E (4pts)
9. Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing (2pts)
10. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler (1pt)

Driver Standings:
1. Felix Rosenqvist, 54pts
2. Sam Bird, 50pts
3. Jean-Éric Vergne, 43pts
4. Nelson Piquet Jr, 25pts
5. Eduardo Mortara, 24pts
13. Alex Lynn, 8pts

Team standings:
1. Mahindra Racing, 75pts
2. DS Virgin Racing, 58pts
3. Techeetah, 43pts
4. Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 40pts
5. Venturi Formula E, 30pts