Peterhansel and the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR control the race14/01/2016 - 23:59

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Dakar. 14 January: San Juan.

 

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Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR n°302), 4th on the stage

“We felt quite a lot of stress today. It wasn’t an easy stage in terms of navigation. There were plenty of changes in direction, with patches of fesh-fesh that weren’t easy to spot. As we were first on the road, it wasn’t so easy to judge the right pace. We started to look after the car; being careful in all the places that the grip changed in order not to put too much stress on the transmission, for example. We’re in safe mode but still fully concentrated, as there are many things that can catch you out. If you go too slowly, you lose concentration. So you have to find the right balance and that’s not obvious. Since yesterday we’ve had to manage our race in a slightly different way. We’re not pushing the car at all in the tricky places.”

 

 

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR n°314), 2nd on the stage

“The day went quite well. We struggled a bit at the beginning in the dust, as we soon caught up Nani Roma. So we lost a lot of time overtaking him. Then, two kilometres from the end, the transmission broke. Luckily, I had just passed Cyril only about a kilometre earlier. It was good of him to stop and tow us all the way to the end, so we were lucky. It’s definitely the first time that I’ve set a second-fastest stage time on the end of a tow rope!”

 

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Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR n°321), 8th on the stage

“It was a very physical stage, with more than five hours of turning the steering wheel in every direction. We never really found a proper rhythm. About 20 kilometres from the end of the stage we ripped off a pipe from the automatic tyre inflation system, but luckily this didn’t force us to stop. Sébastien overtook us three kilometres from the finish but just a kilometre later we found him with a tow rope in his hand, asking us to tow him to the stage finish.”

 

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Provisional classification of stage 11 (La Rioja-San Juan)

  1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, 4h49min16s
  2. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, +5min52s
  3. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Perin (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, +7min01s
  4. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, +8min05s
  5. Yazeed AlRajhi (SAU)/Timo Gottschalk (DEU), Toyota Hilux, +11min57s
  6. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, +14min51s

 

 

Provisional overall classification after stage 11

  1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, 37h42min20s
  2. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, +51min55s
  3. Giniel De Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (DEU), Toyota Hilux, +1h17min24s
  4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Perin (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, +1h22min47s
  5. Leeroy Poulter (ZAF)/Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota Hilux, +1h46min36s
  6. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 1h56min53s

9. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, +2h25min18s

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