2017 Dakar Rally - Peterhansel wins stage 7 and maintains overall lead

  • Stephane Peterhansel 2017

Stephane Peterhansel won the shortened stage 7 of 2017 Dakar Rally and increased his lead in the overall classification.

The Peugeot driver scored second stage win, this time being fastest in the much-shortened stage due to the weather conditions. His teammate Sebastien Loeb finished second, with a gap of 48 seconds, in the stage driven from La Paz to Uyuni, while Giniel De Villiers in Toyota took the 3rd place.

Giniel De Villiers

Giniel De Villiers of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA races during stage 07 of Rally Dakar 2017 from La Paz to Uyuni, Bolivia on January 09, 2017

Peterhansel leads the overall standings with an advantage of 1:57 minutes to Loeb, while Nani Roma took the third position overall from another Peugeot driver Cyril Despres. Roma was 5th today, while the Frenchman finished 7th in today’s stage, but more than nine minutes behind the winner.

Check full results of Stage 7

The next stage will go on Tuesday, from Uyuni in Bolivia to Salta in Argentina, with the 492 km long special stage. The caravan will leave Altiplano for an off-road special stage where the crossing of shallows will follow the dune sectors.