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The Dakar starts with Carlos Sainz fourth

02 Enero 2017

Very short leg today and opening this year's edition, where there was very little to win and much to lose

With probably more to lose than to gain on today’s brief appetiser, Team Peugeot Total preferred a cautious start to the 2017 Dakar. Today’s opener produced a trouble-free run for the team and its four crews all reached the overnight halt in Argentina inside the provisional top 12

The first leg of the 2017 included a short, narrow stage (39km) as the four PEUGEOT 3008DKR crews headed south out of Paraguay en route to the event’s first overnight halt in Resistencia, Argentina.

The Dakar’s first visit to Paraguay (the 30th country to have hosted the rally) may have been short but it turned out to be an intense experience. All four Team Peugeot Total crews commented on how tricky the stage’s opening kilometres were but none of the French Dream Team members reported any major problems.

In keeping with the regulations, the times posted on today’s test will decide the starting order for Tuesday’s stage. The PEUGEOT 3008DKR will be fourth, sixth, eighth and twelfth on the road for tomorrow’s run from Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucumàn. The 803km leg will include 275km of against-the-clock action.

Carlos Sainz: “Today’s opening stage went well for us, with no problems. It wasn’t easy, though. Some parts were extremely narrow, while others were very bumpy as well. Everything went well for us in Paraguay and here we are in Argentina already. The people here have become big Dakar fans and we can be sure of an enthusiastic welcome!”

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