After the cancellation of Tuesday’s Leg 3 for organisational reasons, competitive action resumed today in China. The 159km SS4 provided a cocktail of hard-packed ground and sand which saw Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret collect their second win of the week. They finished five minutes clear of last year’s winner Christian Lavieille, while fourth place for Cyril Despres and David Castera has promoted them to second overall, putting the two PEUGEOT 2008 DKRs at the top of the 2015 China Silk Road Rally’s provisional order.
Bruno Famin (Director, Peugeot Sport): It’s a shame that Tuesday’s stage through the dunes had to be cancelled. It deprived us of an opportunity to gain experience and evaluate the changes that have been made to the Peugeot 2008 DKR. The main thing is that we saw a return to competitive action today because we are above all here to cover as many as kilometres as possible. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret pulled out a significant lead on Leg 4 and the other positive thing is that there is nothing to report concerning the cars. The two Peugeots are now in first and second places. We’re looking forward to seeing how the rest of the event unfolds because there’s still a long way to go to the finish in Dunhuang.
1. Peterhansel / Cottret (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR)
2. Lavieille (Haval) + 5’24
3. Liu (Mitsu Panda) + 7’13
4. Despres / Castera (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR + 8’18
5. Han (Haval) + 9’26…
General Standings after SS4 (Provisional)
1 Peterhansel/Cottret (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR)
2 Despres/Castera (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR) + 10’23
3 Han (Haval) + 11’02
4 Liu (Mitsu Panda) +17’06
5 Lavieille (Haval) + 18’11…