13th Dakar Rally victory for Stephane Peterhansel, 1-2-3 for Peugeot
Stephane Peterhansel is the winner of the 2017 Dakar Rally. For the French veteran this is the record 13th victory at the world’s toughest cross-country race. He won six times in bike category and this is his seventh win in the car category.
Peterhansel repeated his last year’s win with Peugeot Total Team, defending his advantage over teammate Sebastien Loeb on the short last stage between Rio Cuarto and Buenos Aires. Peterhansel was 19 seconds slower than Loeb on 64-km timed section so his gap in the final results is 5 minutes 13 seconds.
The five-time Dakar winner in the moto category Cyril Despres (Peugeot) finished in the third place, what is his best result in the car category after he joined Peugeot in 2015. He finished a race 33:28 minutes behind Peterhansel.
As the last stage was short, there were no changes in the general classification compared to yesterday’s standings. Nani Roma remains the best Toyota driver, finishing in the fourth place, more than half an hour ahead of Toyota South African driver Giniel de Villiers. The Argentinean Orlando Terranova finished in the sixth place overall, as the best Mini driver.
The British rider Sam Sunderland is the winner in the motorcycle category. The driver of the factory KTM team has won ahead of his teammate Matthias Walkner, collecting 32-minute advantage over 12 stages. The Spanish rider Gerard Farres Guell (KTM) finished third.
In the quad category the winner is Russian driver Sergey Karyakin, ahead of Ignacio Casale from Chile and Pablo Copetti from Argentina. The Brazilian Leandro Torres wins the UTV category while Eduard Nikolaev piloted his Kamaz to the first place in the truck category.