12 time Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead in the 2017 rally over his Peugeot team Sebastien Loeb taking victory in Monday’s shorten seventh stage of the event.

The Frenchman in the No.300 Peugeot completed the stage in 01:54:08s while his countryman Sebastien Loeb in the No.309 who was just 00:00:48s behind Peterhansel with Toyota’s Giniel De Villiers completing the podium.

Speaking following the stage, Peterhansel commented by saying:

It was small stage, but it was very interesting. There was a lot of navigation and it wasn’t easy. It was a little bit easier for me, because there were two cars in front of me and some tracks to follow, but we were doing good with the navigation already. The overall classification is still very close, but it’s a really interesting race for everybody, I think. We’re still in the fight and that’s the most important thing.

Sebastien Loeb commented by saying:

It wasn’t a long stage, but it was quite complicated, with a lot of sand, dunes and navigation at the start. At the end, there was a lot of mud, with big water splashes in faster sections, so we had to be a bit careful, but it was OK and there is no problem with the car. There’s still a long way to go.

Mikko Hiroven was fourth for Mini ending the stage just ahead of Nani Roma’s Toyota who rounded out the top five.


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