“Monsieur Dakar” Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot) was Saturday a fourteenth victory in the Dakar slip through, but it showed itself Sunday yet again aggressively. The 52-year-old Frenchman won the eighth stage, the longest in the 39th edition. For 498 kilometres between Uyuni and Tupiza (Bolivia), he had 49 seconds less than his country – and team-mate Cyril Despres. The Qatarees Nasser Al-Attiyah finished in a Toyota of the Belgian Overdrive as third in 2:12.
Carlos Sainz (Peugeot) was at 7:04 fifth and remains firmly the leader. The 55-year-old Spaniard in 2010 winner of the second Dakar on South American soil, has 1u06:37 for Al-Attiyah, the winner of 2015. Peterhansel was the third 1u13:42. Tom Colsoul, in the stage and seventh at 16:38, as a co-rider of the Pole Jakub Przygonski (Mini) sixth on 2u28:36.
Peterhansel, who Saturday an hour and three quarters lost after a rock hit and the suspension and the shock absorbers of his linkerachterwiel damaged, recorded his 73rd victory, the second in this edition. “Solace”, answered the desert fox. “Winning is always fun, but I’m more than an hour behind and there can be only some minutes of definitely cut away at that. Last night I could not sleep. The disappointment was too great, and the film of what had happened, played constantly through my head. This morning, I saw it not at all anymore, but once in the car, you go there again.”
Monday get the riders an extra day of rest. The ninth stage was due to the bad weather forecasts shall be deleted. Tuesday is going to the Dakar rally in Argentina continued with a 373-kilometer-long ride from Salta to Belén.
Overdrive is a good thing, marathonetappe
The Belgian Overdrive Racing team manager Jean-Marc Fortin has the marathonrit in the Dakar well survived. Only is the improvisation to the end of the cars to work. That happens along the side of the road because of the camp in Tupiza in a mud pit is transformed. Monday the participants will drive a long road to the bivouac of Salta. Due to the poor weather conditions, it is the ninth klassementsrit cancelled.
“Saturday there was a great storm, leaving the camp in Tupiza completely placed under water. Sunday was one pool of mud,” says Jean-Marc Fortin. “The cars are now coming slowly in from the marathonrit. Today, we’re doing well with Al-Attiyah on the third and Ten Brinke on the fourth place. Giniel de Villiers lost 23 minutes after he was in a big hole got stuck. Not much later jogged Alvarez in the same hole. He lost more than three hours. Nasser picks up some time back on Carlos Sainz. With four vehicles in the top ten and three in the top five, we must not grumble. The Dakar is far from done. The ride of Monday should be canceled, there waiting for us for another three grueling stages in Argentina. Zhou Yong, we are lost. He has to specify a motorprobleem. Together with Stéphane Prévot, he had to be on the roof of the car, crawling to stay dry.”
Stéphane Prévot was as corijder at the last moment added to the list of participants. He was the twelfth Belgian participant in the 39th Dakar.