HIGH-FLYING PEUGEOT: Carlos Sainz (Spain) of Team Peugeot on Stage 5 of the 2016 Dakar Rally from Jujuy, Argentina to Uyuni, Bolivia on January 7. Image: Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
UYUNI Bolivia – Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Peugeot 2008 DKR #314) took their third stage win of the 2016 Dakar Rally on Thursday after starting third.
They were already leading at the first waypoint and kept up that pace to the finish.
It was also a third consecutive 1-2-3 for the 2008 DKR with Loeb/Elena in front of Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (22sec behind them) and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret three minutes off the winning time. These crews also occupy the provisional podium in the overall classification.
THREE RALLY HIGHLIGHTS
Cyril Despres and David Castera had a turbo problem during kilometre 140 of the 327km stage. They reached the bivouac but lost more than an hour in the overall classification.
There were three important highlights of this leg of the Dakar: the arrival into Bolivia, the end of the marathon stage, and the competitors reaching more than 4600m in altitude – the highest altitude in the entire history of the Dakar.
Loeb said later: “Yesterday we had to look after the car a bit but today (Thursday) we were able to attack more. Carlos took a bit of time back from us in the last part of the stage – he must have been pushing hard!
“Daniel did an excellent job today but we know that what’s coming next won’t be easy. In fact, a lot more complicated… we’ll have to be first on the road on stages where the navigation is extremely tricky.”
NAVIGATION ‘NOT MUCH OF IN ISSUE’
Second-placed Carlos Sainz added during a team interview: “We ended the second part of the marathon stage in second place. The car worked well even though there was no service overnight but tomorrow will be an important day. It’s going to be the longest stage of the rally and it will take place at extremely high altitude, which will be a big test for the engines.”
Stéphane Peterhansel also chipped in for Carman’s Corner readers: “It wasn’t really a problem to be first on the road today (Thurs) because we’re still on quite clearly-marked roads, where navigation isn’t so much of an issue. However, we had a small problem coming out of parc ferme.
“We didn’t have all the power from the car at low revs so we struggled a bit in the first part of the stage, which was very twisty. As a result we lost a bit of time to the ‘traditional’ rallymen such as Sebastien and Carlos.
“Stage 5 was al about damage limitation while we wait for better days.”
Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport director, added: “We’re obviously very happy to deliver another 1-2-3 and to have three cars in the top three places overall after the marathon stage. Nonetheless, the problem encountered by Cyril and David is a timely reminder for us to keep our feet on the ground – as well as some small problems that we had with overboost management on Seb’s and Stéphane’s cars.
“The only sure thing about this Dakar is that there will be many more trials to come!
Peugeot Stage 5 provisional classification (Jujuy-Uyuni Marathon)
1 Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, 3h32min34
2 Carlos Sainz (ESP)/Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 0min22
3 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, +3min
4 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini, + 3min07
49 Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 1h15min06
Peugeot provisional overall classification after Stage 5
1 Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Daniel Elena (MC), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, 13h17min25
2 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 7min48
3 Carlos Sainz (ESP)/Lucas Cruz (ESP), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 13min26
3 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA), Mini, + 14min16
4 Leeroy Poulter (ZAF)/ Robert Howie (ZAF), Toyota Hilux, + 18min38s
22 Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA), PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, + 1h31min50