Any adjective falls short to talk about
Stéphane Peterhansel. For something it is ‘Mr. Dakar’ and for something as sum thirteen
victories in the raid more hard of the world. The French rider who has already achieved
their seventh triumph in cars and second as a pilot of Peugeot Sport, has joined
a ‘Touareg’ more to his collection of trophies. With the same hunger
when he faced his first participation in the Dakar, back in the year 1988,
Peterhansel added another notch on the cylinder head and what does after fighting with a rival
weight as Sébastien Loeb.
With 27 units in the raid and 12 titles to their
back before the start of the Dakar 2017, few questioned that Stéphane
Peterhansel was the rival to beat. In the first place by exercise of force
champion and in second instance by having a Peugeot 3008 DKR that the
dessert has proved unbeatable for the rest of the brands. This fact, united
the perfect reading of the race that has been shown to have and the low of Carlos Sainz, has allowed Peterhansel to be measured in face-to-face with Loeb, nine
times champion of the WRC.
The result of this tactical intelligence, Stéphane Peterhansel has
managed the time of the rally to perfection. Put the clothing in the two
early stages, where there was much more to lose than to win, and launched the first
teeth in the third special stage, where he scored the first victory of this
Dakar. step-by-Step, without fail and seeing as Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz,
two of their main rivals, they were on the way, Stéphane Peterhansel
was placed the leader of the Dakar 2017 after the fifth stage, a position it reinforced with
his win in the seventh special test.
despite the excellent level of Sébastien Loeb, which has
matched the performance of Peterhansel in the open field and has asserted
your condition of expert in rallies, speed to overcome the French in the
tracks type trial and WRC, it is certain that Stéphane Peterhansel has achieved
take it to the limit to Loeb in each stage and at the end of the little details have
decanted the Dakar on your behalf. With his victory in the tenth stage again
recovering the leadership lost, and from that moment knew how to contain the attacks of your
team-mate until the puncture in the penultimate stage.
After this triumph, and with thirteen ‘Touareg’ in his having, a few
challenges will remain to the good of Stéphane Peterhansel. Has won the
Dakar on bikes and cars, with all the cases and rivals are possible and without
however it appears willing to continue accumulating victories in this test. Maybe
it is time to look at the category trucks -already tested a Iveco – or to the
new category UTV -in which he has competed with his wife in the other tests – as
future challenges to continue adding to his legend. Of time, the only thing clear
is that Peterhansel is for a while.