Peugeot’s success in the annual Dakar Rally continues after the manufacturer won the overall classification and completed the podium in the 3008DKR.
Stéphane Peterhansel was triumphant in the extreme off-roading event for a record 13th time, with he and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret winning the Car’s category for the seventh time. This win also makes them the most successful pair in the illustrious event’s history.
Peterhansel was ahead of fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and Monegasque co-driver Daniel Elena by just five minutes and 13 seconds, while the French duo of Cyril Despres and David Castera finished 33 minutes down.
The Peugeot team tackled the challenging terrain of South America, with the race route measuring over 5,000 miles and winding through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. This year’s event had to be shortened due to extreme flooding in the Río Grande delta, which meant two stages were cancelled altogether.
In the first year for the new 3008DKR, the Peugeot drivers clocked up nine stage wins out of ten, including six one-two finishes and two one-two-three finishes, showing the dominance of the purpose-built rallying machine.
As a two-wheel drive car, it was able to beat the heavier four-wheel drive models, and with the change to the 3008 body shape from last year’s 2008 design, the car was able to reach a higher top speed thanks to the new aerodynamic package and the increased turbo air restrictor size allowing for improved engine performance.
At the finish in Buenos Aires, team manager for the Peugeot Total outfit, Bruno Famin, said: “After such an emphatic win today, it’s obviously been a positive event for us. We got three cars onto the podium and that’s an accomplishment PEUGEOT and everyone at Peugeot Sport can be proud of.
“The 3008DKR won the Dakar at first attempt, so there’s every reason to be pleased with the jobs performed by everyone in the team, from the mechanics to the crews.
“We functioned as a single unit and team spirit prevailed, not only on the rally but also during the design, preparation and servicing of the cars. The drivers and co-drivers never hesitated to help each other out, to an even greater extent than last year.”
Added: 02 February 2017