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