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Carlos Sainz wins the stage and leads the Dakar Rally

12 Enero 2016

New exhibition of Peugeot Sport driver in the most difficult stage of the rally, which had to be neutralized by its hardness

After a shortened but action-packed stage today, the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR still occupies first and second places in the overall classification. Carlos Sainz now leads in front of Stéphane Peterhansel.

Because of extreme heat that took its toll on the motorbike crews in particular, peaking at 47 degrees centigrade, today’s stage – which took place mainly on sand – was stopped at CP2 after 179 kilometres of the expected 285.

All the competitors encountered a series of problems. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz had to deal with three slow punctures as well as getting stuck twice. By waypoint 3 they had dropped more than four minutes, but the Spanish crew still ended up winning the stage and leading the rally for the first time.

Carlos Sainz: "It was a very difficult stage. There was a lot of off-road action on soft ground, with a lot of vegetation. We had to stop twice because we got stuck in the sand. I’m not sure exactly why they shortened the stage, even though it was certainly challenging due to the heat. We had three slow punctures but we didn’t have to stop to change the tyres. I’m pleased to be in the lead but it will be very difficult to open the road tomorrow on the Fiambala stage".

9th Leg classification

1. Sainz-Cruz (Peugeot 2008 DKR) a 02:35:31

2. Van Loon-Rosegaar (MINI ALL4 Racing) +00:00:10

3. Hirvonen-Perin (MINI ALL4 Racing) +00:00:17

4. De Villiers-Von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) +00:00:38

5. Al-Attiyah-Baumel (MINI ALL4 Racing) +00:02:04


Overall classification Dakar Rally

1. Sainz-Cruz (Peugeot 2008 DKR) a 02:35:31

2. Peterhansel-Cottret (Peugeot 2008 DKR) 00:07:03

3. Al-Attiyah-Baumel (MINI ALL4 Racing) +00:14:38

4. Hirvonen-Perin (MINI ALL4 Racing) +00:34:50

5. De Villiers-Von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) +00:53:18

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