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Dakar Day 8: Loeb takes overall Dakar lead

from Peterhansel between Uyuni and Salta.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Sebastien Loeb is the new overall leader
Sebastien Loeb is the new overall leader

Heavy rains and an overflowed river meant yet another route modification at Dakar Rally 2017. Tuesday’s leg was eventually divided in two parts with a 176-kilometer liaison at the border between Bolivia and Argentina*.

Taking the vehicles through streams and dunes, the second half of this year’s marathon stage climbed up to 4,400m of altitude and saw the French battle in the car category intensify… zzzz

Car

When leaving Uyuni this morning, Stephane Peterhansel was the overall leader. The 12-time Dakar winner opened the road, but had to stop for several minutes after the 110th km, allowing for a fast and furious Sebastien Loeb to overtake him before the first passage control.

This is Loeb’s third win since the start in Asuncion, despite suffering a flat tire during Stage 8. With Peterhansel finishing 3'35 behind in Salta, his co-pilot Daniel Elena and him are the new overall leaders.

Completing Tuesday’s Team Peugeot Total podium, Cyril Despres took third, 5'13 behind Loeb.

Bike

Joan Barreda is the first bike rider to take two stage wins this year, 3'51 ahead of second-placed Matthias Walkner. The KTM rider only preceded his teammate Sam Sunderland by three seconds, allowing the Brit to gain on his rivals in the overall standings.

Quad

2014 Dakar winner Ignacio Casale took the line honors for the first time this year with an impressive 5'39 lead over overall leader Sergey Karyakin. Axel Dutrie finished third, 7'16 behind the Chilean rider.

Truck

On the truck front, Martin van den Brink scored his second stage win. The Dutchman beat Iveco's Federico Villagra by 17 seconds, followed by Eduard Nikolaev in his Kamaz truck. His fellow Russian Dmitry Sotnikov retook the overall lead.

*Weather conditions forced the Dakar organizers to shorten Tuesday’s stage to 174km for the trucks, who only raced to the first checkpoint.

Overall Standings

Car Top-10

Pos.No.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty
1309LOEB (FRA), ELENA (MCO)PEUGEOT20:10:05--
2300PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA)PEUGEOT20:11:4300:01:38-
3307DESPRES (FRA), CASTERA (FRA)PEUGEOT20:27:2200:17:17-
4305ROMA (ESP), HARO BRAVO (ESP)TOYOTA20:33:4100:23:36-
5303HIRVONEN (FIN), PERIN (FRA)MINI21:03:4600:53:41-
6302DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)TOYOTA21:31:4901:21:44-
7308TERRANOVA (ARG), SCHULZ (DEU)MINI21:36:5201:26:47-
8316PRZYGONSKI (POL), COLSOUL (BEL)MINI21:52:2301:42:18-
9314GARAFULIC (CHL), PALMEIRO (PRT)MINI22:53:0202:42:57-
10318DUMAS (FRA), GUEHENNEC (FRA)PEUGEOT23:19:2203:09:17-

Bike Top-10

Pos.No.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty
114SUNDERLAND (GBR)KTM22:01:08--
23QUINTANILLA (CHL)HUSQVARNA22:22:0600:20:58-
36VAN BEVEREN (FRA)YAMAHA22:29:5700:28:49-
416WALKNER (AUT)KTM22:35:2200:34:1400:05:00
58FARRES GUELL (ESP)KTM22:35:3200:34:24-
623DE SOULTRAIT (FRA)YAMAHA22:51:1800:50:1000:07:00
731RENET (FRA)HUSQVARNA23:09:1701:08:09-
817GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA23:09:4201:08:3400:48:20
911BARREDA BORT (ESP)HONDA23:12:0101:10:5301:01:00
1027RODRIGUES (PRT)HERO SPEEDBRAIN23:37:0801:36:00-

Truck Top-10

Pos.No.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty
1513SOTNIKOV (RUS) , AKHMADEEV (RUS) , LEONOV (RUS)KAMAZ17:52:20--
2505NIKOLAEV (RUS) , YAKOVLEV (RUS) , RYBAKOV (RUS)KAMAZ17:54:0600:01:46-
3500DE ROOY (NLD) , TORRALLARDONA (ESP) , RODEWALD (POL)IVECO17:54:4000:02:20-
4502VILLAGRA (ARG) , YACOPINI (ARG) , TORLASCHI (ARG)IVECO18:21:2600:29:06-
5510DE BAAR (NLD) , ROESINK (NLD) , DE GRAAFF (NLD)RENAULT TRUCKS18:37:5400:45:34-
6509VERSLUIS (NLD) , KLEIN (DEU) , PRONK (NLD)MAN18:50:1600:57:56-
7522VASILEVSKI (BLR) , VIKHRENKA (BLR) , ZAPAROSHCHANKA (BLR)MAZ19:34:4601:42:26-
8516SUGAWARA (JPN) , SUGIURA (JPN)HINO19:35:4701:43:27-
9508KOLOMY (CZE) , KILIAN (CZE) , KILIAN (CZE)TATRA19:54:4302:02:2300:03:00
10501MARDEEV (RUS) , BELYAEV (RUS) , SVISTUNOV (RUS)KAMAZ20:02:4902:10:29-

Quad Top-10

Pos.No.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty
1254KARYAKIN (RUS)YAMAHA27:45:50--
2280DUTRIE (FRA)YAMAHA27:52:4700:06:57-
3251CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA27:56:0900:10:19-
4272MAZZUCCO (ARG)CAN-AM29:47:0302:01:13-
5263COPETTI (ARG)YAMAHA29:51:0302:05:13-
6267KOOLEN (NLD)BARREN RACER30:07:2302:21:3301:07:00
7257SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY)YAMAHA30:16:1102:30:2100:10:00
8261HANSEN (ARG)HONDA30:32:0702:46:1700:12:30
9250SONIK (POL)YAMAHA30:59:3503:13:45-
10262DA COSTA (FRA)YAMAHA31:23:1003:37:2001:01:00

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