Dakar 2016: Stéphane Peterhansel fulfilled his dream

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The nickname of ‘Mr. Dakar’ is not free, or much less. With twelve ‘Touareg’ gold in their showcases, Stéphane Peterhansel has proved that it can go fast on any vehicle, as long as there is a desert in the middle, in the same way that you know all the secrets and tricks of the race. In its inception won three editions with Yamaha in the years most glorious of the brand and returned to add another three titles between 1995 and 1998, again with the japanese firm. Six ‘Touareg’ in ten editions were the cause necessary and sufficient to make the leap to the cars.

Stéphane Peterhansel took to find the toebox of your shoe. Competed with Nissan, Mega (Aixam) and again with Nissan, but it was not until 2003 when he signed for Mitsubishi, the first firm that was going to give a car a truly winner. In his first Dakar rally with the Mitsubishi Pajero finished third after winning six stages and a year later, he met the sweetness of success on four wheels by winning the ‘Touareg’. That followed another two trophies, the transfer of the Dakar to South america, the signing by X-Raid and two more titles in the era of the Mini All4 Racing.

despite having the vehicle reference, Stéphane Peterhansel joined by Peugeot with two goals, getting his sixth Dakar in the car matching as well its registration in the bike and get the title with a French brand, a result that escaped him in 2000 when he was runner-up with Mega. The first attempt with the Peugeot 2008 DKR was a fiasco. The buggy French was slow, heavy, difficult to drive and unstable. Despite this, Stéphane Peterhansel was left to the doors of the top ten, being the only rider from Peugeot that endured the type until the end.

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The story has changed remarkably in a year in the bosom of Peugeot
Sport and Peterhansel has achieved his goal. The Peugeot 2008
DKR16 has delivered to the French three stage victories
and a leadership
cemented in be the pilot most regular of the brand. In the face of problems
Loeb and Sainz, Peterhansel has risen as the figure capable of
return to Peugeot to the top of the Dakar, as in his time
got Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen. And despite all this,
triumph is in the air for an appeal of X-Raid
.

And is that the
Dakar 2016 has not been a walk in the park for Stéphane Peterhansel
.
Finished ninth in the prologue and was second in the second special, all
after the first stage was cancelled. His first win was forged
on the fourth day
, in the first part of the marathon stage. Already by
then the Peugeot 2008 DKR16 had risen up as the rival to beat. Your
a second triumph came in the sixth stage, one of the most complicated and
that took the aspirations of big favorites. The victory in Uyuni
served him to be leader of the Dakar
.

rest Day
by, Stéphane Peterhansel was involved in the controversy in the
eighth stage by an alleged re-fuelling illegal
in an unauthorized area
to do this. Despite the fact that the commissioners chose not to penalize you,
this episode maintains its triumph in the air as X-Raid, that was
his team appealed to the FIA. In spite of this not lost
concentration and Stéphane Peterhansel regained the lead in the tenth
stage with victory
. A leadership that no longer would escape to Rosario,
the whole time I was able to manage its huge advantage in the last
days.