The MINI computer of the Dakar 2016 has accused Stéphane Peterhansel, pilot of Peugeot, cheating during stage 8 yesterday between Salta and Bethlehem. The cause of the claim filed by MINI at the direction of race of the Dakar is a refuelling theoretically illegal on the part of the French pilot. Apparently, the Peugeot 2008 DKR of Peterhansel repostó fuel at km 180 of the special, in an unauthorized area.
commissioners of the Dakar 2016 already have opened an investigation to determine if the action of Peterhansel was legal or not. The sporting director of Peugeot Sport, Bruno Famin, confirms the complaint by the MINI computer at the same time, which ensures that the refuelling was legal because it appeared indicated in the roadmap. Because of this accusation, the French rider must appear today before the organisation and of having committed a breach of the regulations, he could face six-hour penalty, losing all chance to win the Dakar 2016, or even a disqualification.
This year, 2016 is expanding the year of Peugeot on the Dakar. After reinventing the car, the French are reaping great results, while MINI and Toyota are going to his wake. In fact, the eighth stage yesterday was the first of the Dakar 2016 in that is not winning Peugeot rested in the hands of the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah. During the first week Sébastien Loeb dominated the general, but after the problems of yesterday, Peterhansel took the lead of his countryman, standing first of the generatedl.
Will have to wait a few hours to see how events unfold, but if Stéphane Peterhansel has committed any irregularity, the French lost all chance of winning the Dakar 2016 and all the responsibility of face-to-carry Peugeot to victory lies with the Spanish Carlos Sainz.