The PEUGEOT 3008DKR notches up its first Dakar stage win03/01/2017 - 23:10

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Dakar 2017 - Etape 2 03 january 2017

 

After a cautious start to the 2017 Dakar Rally on Monday, Sébastien Loeb hit the ground running on Day 2 to win the event’s second stage which formed part of today’s run from Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucuman. The Frenchman’s PEUGEOT 3008DKR has gone straight to the top of the provisional leaderboard as a result. 

 

AUTO - DAKAR 2017 - PART 1

 

 

 

AUTO - DAKAR 2017 - PART 1

 

TYPE OF TERRAIN: narrow, thick undergrowth

CONDITIONS: fast, hazardous straights; difficult to overtake

WEATHER: very hot, with temperatures peaking at 45°C

AVERAGE SPEED:126 kph

TOP SPEED: 203 kph

 

CLASSIFICATION –LEG 2

  1. LOEB Sébastien (FRA) / ELENA Daniel (MC), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, 2 h 06 min 55 sec
  2. AL ATTIYAH Nasser (QAT) / BAUMEL Matthieu (FRA), Toyota Hi-Lux, + 01 min 23 sec
  3. SAINZ Carlos (ESP) /CRUZ Lucas (ESP)PEUGEOT 3008DKR, + 02 min 18 sec
  4. DE VILLIERS Giniel (ZAF) / VON ZITZEWITZ Dirk (ZAF), Toyota Hi-Lux, +02 min 19 sec
  5. ROMA Nani (ESP) / HARO Bravo (ESP), Toyota Hi-Lux, + 03 min 22 sec
  6. PETERHANSEL Stéphane (FRA) / COTTRET Jean-Paul (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, +06 min 47 sec
  7. DESPRES Cyril (FRA) / David CASTERA (FRA)PEUGEOT 3008DKR, + 10 min 26 sec

 

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER LEG 2

  1. LOEB Sébastien (FRA) / ELENA Daniel (MON), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, 2 h 33 min 31 sec
  2. AL ATTIYAH Nasser (QAT) / BAUMEL Matthieu (FRA), Toyota Hi-Lux, + 28 sec
  3. SAINZ Carlos (ESP) /CRUZ Lucas (ESP), PEUGEOT 3008 DKR    + 1min 56 sec
  4. DE VILLIERS Giniel (ZAF) / VON ZITZEWITZ Dirk (ZAF), Toyota Hi-Lux, +02 min 05 sec
  5. ROMA Joan (ESP) / HARO Alex (ESP), Toyota Hi-Lux    + 02 min 56 sec
  6. PETERHANSEL Stéphane (FRA) / COTTRET Jean-Paul (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, + 7 min 26 sec 
  7. DESPRES Cyril (FR) / David CASTERA (FRA)PEUGEOT 3008DKR +10 min 45 sec

 

“QUOTE, UNQUOTE…”

 

Bruno Famin

«  Sébastien and Daniel produced a polished performance despite the complexity of today’s stage which was also quite dangerous. Competitors had to contend with dust, too, and it’s always preferable to be first on the road in conditions like that. Cyril and Sébastien both dropped time in other drivers’ dust towards the end. Cyril took it cautiously because of his Sentinel issue which was a big handicap. All four 3008DKRs went well. This is our first fastest time this year but the gaps – in Dakar terms – are really very small. »

 

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #309)

Leg 2: 1st / Overall: 1st

« C’était une spéciale très rapide, pas très intéressante au niveau pilotage. Il y avait de nombreuses lignes droites avec un virage de temps en temps. Ça s’est très bien passé pour nous. Nous n’avons eu aucun problème. Nous avons été gêné à la fin parce que nous avons roulé 70 kilomètres dans la poussière de De Villiers, parti devant nous. Nous avons donc perdu un peu de notre avance sur la fin mais rien de grave. Au moins, nous aurons pointé en tête de ce Dakar ! Cela dit, ce type de terrain n’est pas représentatif de ce que nous rencontrerons par la suite. Pour ce qui est de la chaleur, elle était supportable. J’ai même coupé la climatisation pour gagner un peu de puissance ! »

 

Carlos Sainz (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #304)

Leg 2: 3rd / Overall: 3rd 

 « We had a good day. I didn’t take any risks and my only problem was a warning which stayed on for the entire stage. Thanks to the air conditioning system the heat wasn’t an issue. I used it from start to finish. »

 

Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #300)

Leg 2: 7th / Overall: 7th

 « That was quite hard work. There was little proper driving to do but there were a few spots where you needed to brake hard from 200 to 50kph. We dropped a big chunk of time in the dust of other cars this morning but we’re okay and our 3008DKR ran like clockwork. Tomorrow we will start to climb in altitude and the navigation is likely to become more complex. We intend to take our time and try to move gradually up the leaderboard. Sébastien and Daniel did a sound job. They are clearly competitive, but that’s not really a surprise. »

AUTO - DAKAR 2017 - PART 1

 

Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #307)

Leg 2: 12th / Overall: 11th 

« After we lost our Sentinel antenna, we decided to take it easy. Over the last 40 kilometres or so, we had no way of warning the bikers we were coming up behind them, so we spent quite a lot of time in their dust. We managed to find a way past some of them, but without taking any risks. The track was twisty and there were logs from time to time which prevented us from overtaking. Being 10 minutes down at this stage isn’t the end of the world. What we’ve seen so far is very different to what lies ahead. The Dakar is an event that needs to be viewed as a whole.  »

 

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