The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR doubles up on stage wins!06/01/2016 - 05:52

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Dakar. 5 January 2016: Jujuy

• The total competitive distance of the third stage today was reduced from 314 to 190 kilometres, due to the first part of the route being too badly damaged to use as a result of the recent bad weather.

Carlos Sainz

• Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won the stage once more. It was a performance that was made all the more remarkable as the crew was opening the road for the first time. The duo have now consolidated their overall lead with an advantage of 5m03s.

• Following their problems yesterday, the crew of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz pushed hard today. They started the stage 14th on the road and ended it with the second-fastest time, just 1m23s behind their team mates. As a result, Team Peugeot Total has claimed its second consecutive one-two Dakar stage finish.

AUTO - DAKAR 2016 - PART 1

• All four PEUGEOT 2008 DKRs were in the top 10 stage times today, with
Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret classified sixth and Cyril Despres/David Castera 10th. All four cars are also in the overall top 10.

• Tonight the mechanics will prepare the four Peugeot 2008 DKRs for the marathon stage tomorrow. At the end of Wednesday’s Jujuy-Jujuy loop, the cars will go straight into parc ferme, with neither the crews nor the mechanics allowed to service the cars. It’s a formidable test of reliability.

Sebastien Loeb

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR n°214), stage winner
“We had a lot of fun on that stage. I thought the times would be very close so I pushed hard. Everything is going well for the moment and I’m enjoying this Dakar: we’ve had two good days. The car is working well and it’s very competitive. I’ve got a very good feeling on this type of road but it’s going to be different when we get to some other types of stages, with long distances and intense heat. I’m not so familiar with this type of territory, so we’ll see what happens.”

Carlos Sainz ((PEUGEOT 2008 DKR n°303), 2nd on the stage

“It was another good performance for us, even though it was once more a difficult day. At the start of the stage we were right in the storm, so we had to drive in mud for about 60 kilometres. As soon as the stage dried, I found myself in Yazeed Al-Rahji’s dust. I eventually managed to get past him, but then there was another storm at the end of the stage.”

AUTO - DAKAR 2016 - PART 1

Leg 3 stage classification (Termas Rio Hondo-Jujuy)
1. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR,
in 2h09min39s
2. Carlos Sainz (ESP)/Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 1min23s
3. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing,
+ 1min25s
4. Giniel De Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (DEU), Toyota Hilux, + 2min02s
5 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Perin (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, + 2min49s
6. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 2min52s
10. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 5min47s

General classification after leg 3
1. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, in 6h01min42s
2. Giniel De Villiers (ZAF)/Dirk Von Zitzewitz (DEU), Toyota Hilux, + 5min03s
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 5min15s
4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Michel Perin (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing, + 5min52s
5. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini All 4 Racing,
+ 6 min39s
9. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 10min47s
10. Carlos Sainz (ESP)/Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR,
+ 12min20s

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