PEUGEOT 3008DKRs MONOPOLISE PROVISIONAL TOP THREE AS CREWS REACH THE MID-DAKAR REST DAY10/01/2017 - 14:31

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Dakar 2017 - Journée de repos 08 january 2017
Following the cancellation of Stage 6 of the 2017 Dakar Rally, competitors drove in convoy to Saturday’s overnight halt in La Paz, Bolivia. The world’s highest capital, 3,660 metres, gave the caravan an enthusiastic welcome ahead of Sunday’s rest day. With the first half of the event completed, Team Peugeot Total is first, second and third in the provisional overall standings.           DISTANCE COMPLETED SO FAR: 4,036km, including 1,386km divided into five stages (Stage 6 cancelled) DISTANCE REMAINING: 4,787km, including 2,025km divided into six stages. STAGE VICTORIES: Loeb/Elena (SS2 and SS5), Peterhansel/Cottret (SS3), Despres/Castera (SS4). RALLY LEADERS: Loeb/Elena (after Legs 2 and 3), Despres/Castera (after Leg 4), Peterhansel (after Leg 5 and Leg 6). TOP SPEED REACHED: 203kph (Leg 2) HOTTEST TEMPERATURE REACHED: 45°C (Leg 2)   PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER LEG 6:
  1. PETERHANSEL Stéphane (FRA) / COTTRET J-P. (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, 14h2m58s
  2. LOEB Sébastien (FRA) / ELENA Daniel (MON), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, +1m9s
  3. DESPRES Cyril (FRA) / David CASTERA (FRA), PEUGEOT 3008DKR, +4m54s
  4. ROMA Nani (ESP) / HARO Bravo (ESP), Toyota Hilux, +5m35s
  5. HIRVONEN Mikko (FIN) / PERIN Michel (FRA), Mini, +42m21s
  “QUOTE, UNQUOTE…”   Bruno Famin
“This year’s Dakar has already produced plenty of drama. There have been incidents every day, including the accidents of Nasser Al Attiyah and Carlos Sainz, mechanical problems, some complex navigation and a cancelled stage. The leaderboard underwent big changes in the course of the first week but tonight’s top four are still blanketed by less than six minutes. That’s practically nothing. Nobody has managed to pull out a big advantage but we’ve seen some crews lose 45 minutes due to navigation problems, and we’re not immune to suffering the same sort of misadventure. It’s nice to have our three cars in the lead but we are obviously disappointed to have lost Carlos. Nani Roma is sitting on our tail and even those who have lost ground during the first week still have a chance of getting back into an event like this year’s. When you look at what’s to come next week, including an 800-kilometre marathon stage, followed by the Super Belen stage, it would be rash to try to predict the winner of the 2017 Dakar Rally.”
  Stéphane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #300) Overall: 1st
“We don’t have a big lead but it’s nice to be in front, even though I can’t help feeling that I took a little too much time getting into the swing. We have made a few navigational errors. Thankfully, they didn’t cost us too much time and we are first overall this evening despite a relatively poor first week. This year’s stages have been more in keeping with the spirit of cross-country rallying than last year. We’ve had a nice mix and good variety. I am expecting to see more dunes next week, and some more challenging navigation, but that suits us. I hope our car will continue to be just as reliable because we haven’t had a single problem so far.”
  Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #309) Overall: 2nd
“We’re halfway into the rally and I’m pleased with how we’ve gone so far. It’s great to see three Peugeots in front. Daniel and I aren’t far behind Stéphane [Peterhansel], so there’s still everything to play for. Being just a minute down after the time we have lost so far – including our engine problem which cost us 25 minutes, plus a puncture – is very encouraging. There were times when we were convinced we were no longer in contention. The stages have been real cross-country rally tests, including off-road driving and hard navigation. Even the more experienced crews have had problems, so it’s good to be still in the fight.”
  Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #307) Overall: 3rd
“David and I have had an incredible first week. We wanted to win a stage, even though we knew it wouldn’t be simple on what we expected to be a very complex rally, and the stage we won really wasn’t easy. That was a big boost to our morale because it showed we have the speed. It put us ahead of our game plan and was a nice reward for the work we have put in since our switch to four wheels, as well as for the team’s ability to provide us with a great car which is fast on all types of terrain. Apart from the bird-inflicted damage to our Sentinel antenna early on, we haven’t had a single problem with our 3008DKR and we are really looking forward to the second week!”  
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