2017 Dakar Rally - Peterhansel wins stage 3, tough day for Toyota

  • Stephane Peterhansel, 2017 Dakar Rally
  • Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) of Team Peugeot Total races during stage 03 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Tucuman to Jujuy, Argentina on January 4, 2017
  • Nasser Al Attiyah, Toyota Hilux, Dakar 2017 stage 3
  • Nasser Al Attiyah, Dakar 2017 stage 3

The third stage of 2017 Dakar Rally, from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Salvador de Jujuy with a 364 km long special stage, was most demanding so far.

Nasser Al-Attiyah led most of the stage but late in the day the Qatari driver lost a wheel from his Toyota Hilux. Stephane Peterhansel profited from a bad luck of his rival at took the lead at WP8. The French driver of Peugeot won the stage, a minute and 54 seconds ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz, while another Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb finished third, 3:08 behind the winner.

Nasser Al Attiyah, Toyota Hilux, Dakar 2017 stage 3

Al-Attiyah lost the wheel of his Toyota late in the stage 3

It was a really bad day for Toyota drivers. Just as Al-Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers have also been at a halt for a quite long time, so they dropped well down in the overall standings and they’ll need a huge help of fortune to bounce back, while Nani Roma was lucky enough to lose only a couple of minutes. Erik Van Loon’s Toyota also stopped after WP8 adding more misery to the team.

Mikko Hirvonen in Mini finished 4th in this stage, ahead of Cyril Despres (Peugeot) and Orlando Terranova, another driver of Mini team.

Peugeot 2017 Dakar Rally

Peugeot drivers dominated stage 3 of 2017 Dakar Rally

Sebastien Loeb kept his lead in the overall standings, with an advantage of 42 seconds to Sainz and four minutes to Peterhansel who moved up to the 3rd place.

Check full results at SnapLap results page

The fourth stage from San Salvador de Jujuy to Tupiza in Bolivia will be 416 km long and will put the drivers and the cars under new challenge in the sand dunes at the altitude of 3,500 m.

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