Dakar 2016: Peterhansel wins stage 6 and takes overall lead
After winning the 542 km long stage 6 around Uyuni in Bolivia, Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel took the lead in the overall standings of Dakar Rally 2016.
Peugeot still looks perfect
The Frenchman led the trio of Peugeot drivers throughout the longest and one of the most demanding stages on the route. Finally, after five hours, one minute and seven seconds, he arrived first leaving his team-mates Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb in second and fourth place respectively.
The Spaniard was just 17 seconds behind Peterhansel, while the Frenchman finished eight minutes and 17 seconds after his compatriot. Loeb had two punctures and problems with accelerator pedal. Saudi Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Toyota) was one minute faster than Loeb and took third place on Stage 6.
The reigning champion, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah in Mini finished fifth with a gap of eight minutes and 51 seconds, while the Spaniard Nani Roma (Mini), who landed on sixth, was well behind – 11 minutes and one second. Orlando Terranova (Mini), Mikko Hirvonen (Mini), Giniel De Villiers (Toyota) and Erik van Loon (Mini) completed in the top 10.
Loeb lost the lead
Peterhansel is the new leader of the race, but he has the advantage of only 27 seconds ahead of Loeb, while Sainz is still on third, five minutes and 55 seconds behind. Al-Attiyah in the fourth position is still too far from top – 15 minutes and 19 seconds, while the fifth-placed Giniel de Villiers from South Africa is almost half an hour behind.
Back in Argentina
Saturday’s stage 7 from Uyuni to Salta in Argentina is 481 km long, with a 336km special stage, and again very demanding and exhausting conditions. Cars will be crossing rivers and it is expected that many crews will arrive in Salta after nightfall.
Video – Stage 6 summary