50th shift triumph for ‘Mr. Dakar’


Stéphane Peterhansel tasted the 50th stage victory of his illustrious Dakar career on Sunday.

The 58-year-old Frenchman is not called “Mr. Dakar” is not known – after all, he has raced away with the overall laurels 14 times before. With his latest shift triumph, he also equaled Ari Vatanen’s record.

According to Peterhansel, he stopped counting his successful shifts a long time ago, but it is still nice for him to know that he can chat with the best among the dunes.

Sebastian Loeb finished the 463 km stage in second place; just 29 seconds behind his steady compatriot.

Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz from the Toyota Gazoo Racing team arrived third at the finish line, while Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy had to settle for 21st place.

Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings also flew the South African flag proudly when they finished the stage among the top 15 teams.

Results (second round):

  1. Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger (Team Audi Sport): 03:54:40
  2. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin (Bahrain Raid Xtreme): 03:55:09
  3. Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 03:57:51
  4. Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (Nasser Racing): 04:01:08
  5. Yazeed Al‑Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk (Overdrive Racing): 04:01:51
  6. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq (Overdrive Racing): 04:03:40
  7. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist (Team Audi Sport): 04:10:36
  8. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Team Audi Sport): 04:11:55
  9. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 04:12:31
  10. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka (Orlen Jipocar ​​Team): 04:13:51

Overall standings:

  1. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz: 08:49:38
  2. Yazeed Al‑Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk: +00:01:51
  3. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin: +00:04:17
  4. Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz: +00:07:36
  5. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri: +00:07:44.