Sébastien Loeb took the overall lead after Dakar’s Stage 8

Sébastien Loeb took the overall lead after Dakar’s Stage 8

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Sébastien Loeb / Source: Red Bull Media House

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-kilometre 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.

Car

Stéphane Peterhansel was the overall leader at the beginning of the day. The 12-time Dakar winner opened the road, but had to stop for several minutes after the 110th km, allowing for a fast Sébastien Loeb to overtake him before the first passage control.

This is Loeb’s third win since the start in Asuncion. With Peterhansel finishing 3’35 behind in Salta, he is the new overall leader.

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

Cars overall classification after Stage 8

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 309 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 20:10:05
2. 300 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 20:11:43 00:01:38
3. 307 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 20:27:22 00:17:17
4. 305 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 20:33:41 00:23:36
5. 303 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 21:03:46 00:53:41
6. 302 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 21:31:49 01:21:44
7. 308 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 21:36:52 01:26:47
8. 316 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

COLSOUL (BEL)

MINI 21:52:23 01:42:18
9. 314 GARAFULIC (CHL)

PALMEIRO (PRT)

MINI 22:53:02 02:42:57
10. 318 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 23:19:22 03:09:17
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.

Bikes overall classification after Stage 8

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 14 SUNDERLAND (GBR) KTM 22:01:08
2. 3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 22:22:06 00:20:58
3. 6 VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA 22:29:57 00:28:49
4. 16 WALKNER (AUT) KTM 22:35:22 00:34:14 00:05:00
5. 8 FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 22:35:32 00:34:24
6. 23 DE SOULTRAIT (FRA) YAMAHA 22:51:18 00:50:10 00:07:00
7. 31 RENET (FRA) HUSQVARNA 23:09:17 01:08:09
8. 17 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 23:09:42 01:08:34 00:48:20
9. 11 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA 23:12:01 01:10:53 01:01:00
10. 27 RODRIGUES (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 23:37:08 01:36:00
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.

Trucks overall classification after Stage 8:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 513 SOTNIKOV (RUS)

AKHMADEEV (RUS)

LEONOV (RUS)

KAMAZ 17:52:20
2. 505 NIKOLAEV (RUS)

YAKOVLEV (RUS)

RYBAKOV (RUS)

KAMAZ 17:54:06 00:01:46
3. 500 DE ROOY (NLD)

TORRALLARDONA (ESP)

RODEWALD (POL)

IVECO 17:54:40 00:02:20
4. 502 VILLAGRA (ARG)

YACOPINI (ARG)

TORLASCHI (ARG)

IVECO 18:21:26 00:29:06
5. 510 DE BAAR (NLD)

ROESINK (NLD)

DE GRAAFF (NLD)

RENAULT TRUCKS 18:37:54 00:45:34

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